Caleb does not approach therapy as the "all knowing" therapist. Instead, believing in his solidarity with his clients in both weakness and strength, Caleb trusts the internal wisdom of his clients to uncover their own answers for their path and replace ineffective coping strategies with effective ways of living more whole. Counseling is the process of slowing down to listen to and be aware of the impact of one’s story and the communal systems at work on one’s life. Out of a new awareness, one is able to choose to practice one’s internal wisdom, which leads to growth and freedom.
For the last 20 years Caleb has treated patients in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings. Caleb typically works with individuals and couples and specializes in working with those with religious trauma, physical or sexual trauma, substance use, sexual addiction, depression, and other relational issues. He also works with those in the LGBTQIA community and those working through racial identity development. Caleb uses EMDR to help clients with trauma or are stuck in other arenas of their life.
As a consultant, Caleb pulls from his leadership roles, understanding of psychology, and national speaking and teaching experience to coach leaders, run groups, and speak on the topic of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in the workplace.
Caleb is a co-founder of The Phoenix Counseling Collective. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor in the state of Arizona. Caleb believes that his work as a counselor is to facilitate a process where clients listen to their stories, are mindful of their bodies, and become aware of their internal experiences. Out of this process clients become aware of how they are automatically responding out of self preservation, which often leads to poor coping mechanisms and/or relational distress. They then are able to grow and make effective decisions that are in line with who they truly are - leading to freedom and getting “unstuck”.
She believes our stories not only tell us where we’ve been, but also who we are and where we are going. It is in these stories that we have experienced both great joys and great losses, and have learned how to relate to others and our world around us. How we live in our relationships is core to who we are and how our story continues to unfold. We don’t have to respond automatically in ways that once provided protection and now hinder our ability to be fully ourselves in this world. We have the gift to view our stories with grace and to learn to live in a way that hopes for a full and lovely life. Together we can walk through the stories and relationships of your past in order to illuminate your true self and help you live more freely in your world today.
The systems we live in, whether we are talking about family, culture, or community affect our emotional health. Elisa enjoys working with those in the LGBTQIA community, those working through sexuality identity development, and others who desire to wrestle with the impact the systems around them have had on them. Elisa often integrates traditional psychotherapy with body awareness to help invite clients to connect to their authentic self and navigate their current circumstances. She enjoys working with those desiring to feel less stuck with their anxiety, depression, relational issues, and the transitions of parenting.
Elisa received her Bachelor's from Arizona State University in Nutrition and Family Studies and her Masters from The Seattle School in Counseling Psychology.
Elisa co-founded The Phoenix Counseling Collective after over a decade of work in various therapeutic settings working at inpatient and residential facilities focused on eating disorders and dual diagnosis, a counseling center focusing on relationships, spiritual issues, & addictions, and in private practice working with adolescents, adults, and couples. Elisa feels honored to walk with clients as they gain insight, awareness, and experience growth.
When clients invite Molly into that sacred space of healing, she will sometimes offer reflections of what she sees in them, reminds them of their values, helps them plan for future goals, or shares teachings from the research, but mostly she enters into their world and helps them piece it together so that it tells the story that most resonates with them. All of this work helps them get to their true story, not the lie that has snuck in and gotten stuck. (You know these lies, "I'm not good enough." "I'm powerless." "I don't have control." "I'm not safe.")
This journey together often creates space for you to realize your worth and purpose. Then you can actually believe the truth about yourself. Through this work, you are able to embrace and become a person who can handle honesty and intimacy in authentic fulfilling relationships. Molly's work with couples comes from a framework where the emotional experiences and needs of both partners are explored as the couple works towards deeper intimacy, including experiential and “turning towards” exercises. This work is to change the pattern in the relationship from hurtful, to healing. And so, the most powerful relational transformation can come during a phase of life when you feel most alone.
Molly graduated from Friends University in 2013 with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Molly is licensed as a LMFT in Arizona and a Board approved Supervisor. She specializes in relational work, especially for couples and individual adults with childhood trauma. Molly believes that relationships are both where our deepest wounds and our greatest healing take place. This is why she sees her work with couples is so powerful. In couples work lies the opportunity to do the healing of those deepest wounds, with one’s partner right in the room, aiding in the process, and simultaneously receiving their own healing. Molly has seen countless times how rooting yourself in a foundation of a secure and constant relationship can help you face all that life brings.
He believes that it takes curiosity, courage, and compassion to peel back the layers of our pain and tend to the wounds we experience below. Until we can do this, we limp around as shadows of who we truly are, often pretending everything is okay. He understands that a number of us are walking around with open emotional and relational wounds. Afraid of painful stitches, we convince ourselves our wounds will heal on their own. But left unattended, they get infected, swelling into things like addiction, rage, anxiety, and depression. They prevent us from doing what we love and becoming who we truly are.
Andrew is passionate about walking with adults and adolescents through depression, anxiety, addiction, transition & loss, and other relational challenges. He works with individuals, couples, and families across diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds with a focus on trust, understanding, and collaboration.
Prior to entering the therapy field, Andrew also spent five years as a mentor for adolescents, helping them overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, substance and sexual addiction, and various life-transition and family related challenges.
Andrew is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He received his undergrad from Arizona State University in Psychology and a Masters of Strategic Ministry from Johnson University. He completed his Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Seminary.
After serving adults and families in a multi-ethnicity community where he developed systems of hospitality and care, Andrew recognized a need for culturally agile mental health therapists. His priority as your therapist is to create a safe and secure space to acknowledge your pain, to sit with you in dark moments, and to accompany and encourage you in your journey. Together with his clients he seeks to cultivate their capacity to acknowledge, lament, and integrate their pain and become aware of their strengths, which leads to deeper connectedness with themselves and others.
In session, Karen uses a combination of narrative therapy, interpersonal therapy and EMDR (trauma reprocessing therapy) techniques. She loves hearing peoples’ stories and believes therapy is a dynamic process that, while sometimes challenging, leads to positive change and growth. Karen works with clients to develop greater self-compassion and understanding of their personal values and dreams, so that they can lead more authentic lives.
When speaking with Karen, she will notice both your strengths and your wounds, and work with you to help you find the best way forward. It takes courage and determination to embark upon a therapeutic relationship, and Karen is honored to be a part of her clients’ journeys.
Karen works with people who struggle with perfectionism, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, body image issues, career transitions, codependency, decision-making, depression, eating disorders, and identity issues, as well as people with a history of sexual trauma, narcissistic abuse, and the children of personality-disordered parents.
Karen is a Licensed Associate Counselor and has experience working at ASU’s Counseling Services where she enjoyed working with teens and young adults. Prior to becoming a therapist, Karen worked as a professional ballet dancer. Her work in the arts has led her to see people through a creative lens and to appreciate their unique idiosyncrasies and strengths.
Karen believes that every person has the potential for a meaningful and joyous life, even after experiencing times of great suffering, abuse, or trauma. She believes her role as a therapist is to offer a space for healing by helping clients process trauma, develop insight, and experiment with behavioral change.
Jessie has provided support to children and young adults learning to regulate their emotions and improve communication skills in the school, clinic and home setting. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help clients understand their thought patterns and discover where their behaviors and thoughts stem from. Discovering new ways of looking at things helps children and adults learn how to respond differently and improve situations. Jessie also uses somatic experience therapy tools to help clients be more grounded and to regulate the nervous system. Jessie believes in focusing on daily habits that will support change and that each person requires a treatment plan that is unique to them.
While she specializes in working with children and teens, Jessie also works with adults. She has a special interest in helping individuals who are dealing with societal pressures, self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression, stress, disability and relationship issues. She wants to help you see that past experiences may help you have a better understanding of your present but they do not define you. Jessie offers empathy, compassion and occasionally some laughter. She will work with you to pay attention to your needs and honor them.
Jessie has over ten years of experience helping families who are navigating Arizona’s educational options. She has extensive experience working with people with disabilities and their families and is trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) but prefers a more positive reinforcement approach. Her undergraduate degrees are in Anthropology and Global Health from Arizona State University and she holds a Masters of Science in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders through Grand Canyon University.
Creating meaningful change in your life takes work, Jessie wants to help you or your family along the way.
Jessie is a Licensed Associate Counselor committed to treating individuals and families. While working in the primary and secondary education field she saw a great need for support for children, adults and the entire family unit. She believes that it is important to talk to kids and teens about asking for help and the benefits of therapy so that they understand there is nothing wrong with asking for help when they are older.
I am honored to be a part of the Phoenix Counseling Collective team and am looking forward to providing you with administrative support.
Janis has over 20 years of experience working in the customer care and the hospitality industry. Her most recent position was with a family owned restaurant as an office manager and events planner. Janis recently completed training in managing electronic health records.
Her passion for working with people and interest in the wellbeing of others lead her to seek out a position in a therapeutic setting. Personally, she has found therapy, both mental and physical, to be an integral part of life. In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga and meditation, and she loves to read.
Sometimes that stuck feeling represents an area of pain or trauma that could benefit from meeting with a therapist to process and heal, but other times that stuck experience is an area of our life we need to increase our self awareness and shift our mindset in order to find creative ways to get unstuck. That is when inviting a personal coach into your life becomes a tool to help you as you grow and expand your awareness of yourself and others, as well as your innermost desires and how to make them a reality. Coaching is for individuals seeking to grow in their health, relationships or vocation, couples seeking to build intimacy and communicate better, and parents seeking to understand both themselves and their kids with a fresh perspective.
Our work together will include discovering your unique personality type and the core motivations, fears and longings that are buried under our behaviors. I am a certified Enneagram Coach, which is a personality system rooted in motivation rather than behaviors, making it a wonderful tool for expanding your knowledge of yourself and others. I also bring an education in counseling psychology and experience in helping others develop skills in mindset and positive problem solving that encompass goal setting and action planning.
I know for many of us asking for help is vulnerable and intimidating. We feel like we should be able to just figure this out on our own, but the reality is that if we knew how to implement change in those stuck areas, we would have done it already! We all need help sometimes. So I consider it an honor to work with you through the tough spots of life, and I look forward to celebrating with you in your victories.
Life is not a straight and narrow road with pavement and directional signs. As we work our way through the wild experiences of becoming an adult, partnering with others, creating families and networks of connection, discovering passions, and grieving missed people and opportunities, we often find ourselves stuck.
While working for a children’s behavioral health clinic, Chris realized the importance of natural support and how individuals tended to flourish more often when supported by friends, family, and their community. This is why he believes building the tools to effectively communicate one’s thoughts, needs, and feelings is fundamental to the healing process. Chris also worked as a support coordinator for Arizona’s Early Intervention Program. During this time, he worked with infants, their families, and an interdisciplinary team to create and implement effective treatment plans to aid in the development of the child. This also helped further his understanding of how crucial those early years are to an individual’s development and how traumatic experiences during this time shape the trajectory of one’s life.
Chris works with children and adolescents, families, adults, groups, and couples. He has worked with individuals experiencing anxiety, depressive mood, trauma, and also has experience in crisis intervention and safety planning. Chris primarily utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) but also has completed training in emotionally focused therapy (EFT) and EMDR.
Chris received his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grand Canyon University and his bachelor’s in Psychology from Arizona State University. He is eager to continue helping individuals learn, grow, heal, and thrive.
Chris believes that every individual has the intrinsic need to grow and better themselves. Throughout one’s life, situations and experiences create barriers that may make this process difficult. He understands that working through these issues takes time and can often be difficult to handle alone. This is why he strives to offer a safe and understanding environment in order to collaboratively find the most effective resolutions for each individual.
Charissa desires for the counseling relationship to be a tool of connection moving in the direction of increased hope as well as what the client deeply values and desires. Charissa counsels from a trauma-informed and family systems framework and borrows from other evidence-based modalities depending on the unique needs of the individual client. Charissa enjoys working with individuals of all ages and partnering with them on their healing journey
Charissa brings over a decade of experience in human services working with youth and individuals of all ages impacted by developmental disabilities and or neurodiversity. She received her undergraduate degree from Central Methodist University, with a focus on Psychology and Philosophy. In addition to obtaining a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Grand Canyon University, Charissa has also completed coursework and training related to spirituality and is comfortable integrating this into the counseling process if desired by the client.
As a therapist, Charissa is committed to holding space for clients to address and explore a wide range of challenges, whether those present through relationships, anxiety, depression, spirituality, grief, or barriers preventing joy and peace. When experiencing difficulties in life, it can be common to believe that we are alone in our struggles. Counseling has the unique ability to illuminate our shared humanity and empower us to identify areas where we can learn, grow, and heal.
For the last 15 years, Stephen has worked with others to help them deepen their relationships with their partner and/or themselves. Trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist, his PhD research centered on helping couples navigate the grief and pain of pregnancy loss and infertility. Stephen has also worked with individuals and couples struggling with addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, and those processing life transitions.
Stephen understands that therapy can seem daunting, and that clients can at first feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, and scared. He believes in the power to change lives because he has seen it change his clients’ lives and has impacted his own.
Dr. Mitchell received his undergraduate degree from Taylor University and his Masters of Divinity and Masters in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary. He completed his PhD in Marriage and Family Medicine from Saint Louis University.
Stephen is a licensed therapist in Colorado and Georgia. He has a wide range of experience working with individuals and couples in outpatient and inpatient settings. Stephen primarily focuses on helping clients understand how experiences in their life have influenced their beliefs, behaviors, emotions and relationships. He believes that when clients become aware of how their life has developed, they gain the ability to discern if they want to continue on their path or choose what action they need to take to feel connected to themselves and others in a different way.
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Lindsey feels deeply honored to listen to and participate in her clients’ stories. It is very important to her that therapy be a collaborative, shame-free experience where clients can explore, come to know themselves, and let themselves be known authentically. She understands that it can be uncomfortable to face the unknown and will walk with you through this process.
Lindsey specializes in working with couples, families, and parents and often works with identity issues, connection or attachment concerns, grief, life stage changes, general relationship and family concerns, and individuals struggling with anxiety. She has worked with a diverse population, ages 5-75, in private practice, medical facilities, university settings, and substance abuse in-patient facilities. Lindsey is trained in EMDR and utilizes this technique when it feels helpful to clients.
Lindsey is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Arizona. She earned her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from Utah State University.
Lindsey’s work is centered around helping clients find inner peace by creating new relationships with their emotions through replacing judgement with curiosity. As their relationship with their emotions changes, clients often find themselves less overpowered by emotions and even find moments of inner peace and connection in place of deep pain and loneliness. Lindsey believes this is particularly transformative in the context of relationships, whether that be a significant other, parents, siblings, or other family. As the internal state changes, relationships are given more space to change as well.