Charissa Moreno, LAC
Therapist

Danielle Watts, LAC therapist

Jane wendt,
intern

Jessie berg, LAC therapist

Karen Gawin, LAC therapist

Andrew Tang, LAMFT Therapist

Elisa MItchell, MACP
Co-founder

Caleb Mitchell, MDIV, MAC, LPC, Co-founder

The Phoenix Office

Janis Brown,
client corrdinator

Lindsey Hall-MeneNdez,LAMFT
Therapist

Stephen Mitchell, PhD, LMFT
therapist

Telehealth Providers

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"... we are people of hope. Hope wrestles with despair, but it doesn’t generate optimism. It just generates this energy to be courageous, to bear witness, to see what the end is going to be. No guarantee, unfinished, open-ended. I am a prisoner of hope. I’m going to die full of hope. Their’s no doubt about that, because that is a choice I make."
— Cornel West

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”.

Co-Founder

Caleb Mitchell

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"At any given moment you have the power to say, ‘This is not how the story is going to end."

— Christine Mason Miller

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.

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Elisa Mitchell

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“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”
— Fyodor Dostoevsky

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 The University of Arizona 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. 

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Andrew Tang

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“Every life story can be a miracle or a tragedy – it just depends on how you write it.”
— Dr. Ramani Durvasula

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.  

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Karen Gawin

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“We can do hard things.”
— Glennon Doyle 

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. 

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Jessie Berg 

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"Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud"
- Maya Angelou

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.

Client Coordinator

Janis Brown

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Jane believes that the existence of deep pain resulting from trauma/abuse can become the source of transformative power in a clients life. Yet, the honest desire of a client to get to the root of their issues can be thwarted by their subconscious needs to avoid further pain and just stick with the status quo. Jane understands the courage it takes to embark on a therapeutic journey. She will carefully work with the client to begin to process their trauma and develop insight to its effects on their lives. Often, the defense mechanisms are stunting a clients ability to engage freely with life. Whatever the specific battle might be, a meaningful and joyous life is possible. Jane offers a safe space to help the client integrate their narrative and cultivate self compassion so they can grow into who they are at their core.

Jane is a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Intern. She utilizes a creative method combining relational and narrative techniques, specifically for individuals with childhood trauma or abuse. Her approach to therapy involves fostering a collaborative dynamic with the client, built on trust, to bring curiosity to areas of their life that are calling for attention. These often manifest as struggles with anxiety, codependency, decision making difficulties, depression, perfectionism, rage, self-esteem issues, etc.

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Jane Wendt

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"Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure"
- Rumi

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With almost thirteen years of experience Danielle has served children and their families across diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. During her time working as an educator, Danielle quickly realized the need for individual intervention. This compelled her transition to behavioral health in order to meet the needs of children and adolescents within the public school system. At this time, she worked as part of a clinical team to create and implement effective treatment plans, specifically for students with ADHD, ODD, conduct disorder, and trauma; generating therapeutic, developmental, and educational changes. She is also experienced in crisis intervention and safety planning.

Danielle specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She is particularly passionate about working with individuals who experience, or who have experienced anxiety, depression, PTSD, abuse, relational challenges, and transitions. Danielle operates from a trauma-informed and person-centered perspective and draws from other evidence-based modalities depending on the unique needs of the client. She also loves to utilize sand tray and expressive arts as she believes these techniques can elicit powerful emotions and provide alternative forms of communication.

Danielle is a Licensed Associate Counselor and Certified School Counselor. She received her Master of Education from Northern Arizona University in Counseling-School Counseling and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

Danielle feels honored at the opportunity to walk with you on your journey to healing and personal growth.

At the center of Danielle’s approach she wholeheartedly believes individuals have the capability to change and grow. She feels as one moves through life, each unique experience shapes them into who they are. At times these experiences can leave wounds and unresolved issues that prevent growth. The healing process can be a lonely and intimidating journey, and it is Danielle’s priority to cultivate a safe, empathic, and nurturing environment. With one's determination and her therapeutic support, Danielle works to empower clients to better understand themselves, see their full potential, and create hope in order to enact healing and personal growth.

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Danielle Watts

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"Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light." — Brene Brown

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. 

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Charissa Moreno

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“He dreamed, simply, of a world intact, the family together, the place cared for, and all well.” — Wendell Berry from A World Lost

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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Stephen Mitchell

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ARIZONA • COLORADO • GEORGIA 

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“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”
— Mary Anne Radmacher

Alabama • Arizona • Colorado • Delaware • Florida • Georgia • Idaho • Indiana • Iowa • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Nebraska • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New York • North Carolina • Ohio • Rhode Island • Tennessee • Utah • West • Virginia

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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. 

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Lindsey Hall-Menendez

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