There are different types of providers in the mental health field who perform different services. Their licenses depend on their level of education and training. Many people find this confusing.
Someone who has completed medical school. Psychiatrists hold MD degrees, have specialized training in psychiatric conditions and medications, and can prescribe medication, perform assessments and evaluations, and diagnose.
Someone who has completed a Master’s Degree in nursing and can prescribe medication. A PNPhas specialized training in psychiatric conditions and medication. They often do not perform assessments or evaluations, but can diagnose and sometimes also offer counseling.
Someone who has completed a Doctoral program. These providers are often addressed as “Dr.” but cannot prescribe medication. They often are trained in assessments and evaluations, can diagnose and often offer counseling.
Someone who has completed a Master’s degree in social work (MSW). An MSW program focuses on a broad spectrum of issues and includes extensive training in advocacy, social justice, diagnostics, and person-in-environment. LCSWs cannot prescribe medication. They can diagnose, counsel, advocate, work in public policy positions or management and work in hospital settings.
Someone who has completed a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). MFT’s are trained from a systemic perspective which means they work with individuals, couples, and families from the perspective of understanding how the client, or clients, are interacting with their environment and the relationships in their life. MFT’s approach treatment from the mindset of “context is key,” the more we can build an understanding of the relationships in your life, the easier it will become to identify ways to create and maintain lasting change. LMFTs cannot prescribe medication. They can counsel, as well as work in a variety of settings.
Someone who has completed a Master’s degree in counseling (MC). LPCs cannot prescribe medication. They can counsel, as well as work in a variety of settings.
LCSW, LMFT and an LPC have undergone national testing, had years of clinical supervision, and have been required to log over 3,200 hours of client contact before being able to practice independently.
All the levels of licensure listed above are governed by their respective Boards in the state of Arizona. You can easily look up any person who holds a license on their respective website (specific to their Board) and search for any disciplinary action against that provider, or to verify that their license is recent and in good standing. All providers are required to attend continuing education to maintain their licenses. To verify licensure and search for Board actions or complaints for LMFT, LCSW, and LPC, visit www.AZBBHE.us and search by license number, or name.
Lauren is in network with: Aetna and Humana. She is in network with Compsych EAP *only* for police and firefighters. Superbills can be provided for you to submit self-pay to your insurance company and request reimbursement if you have an "out of network" benefit. Your insurance company will then reimburse you for part or all of the cost of your sessions.
I am married with five wonderful children, a daughter-and son-in-law, and a granddaughter! My family also includes 5 rescued dogs, 2 rescued cats, fish, and multiple desert tortoises. I am not a faith-based counselor, although I am a Christian.
Helping people has been a lifelong passion for me and I am honored and excited to be a part of my patients' healing process. I enjoy success stories and hearing from former clients as they progress and grow. I work with people from all walks of life and am an advocate for equality. I work with LGBTQ clients, although this is not an area of specialty for me. I have years of experience both raising and working with adolescents and love this age group! When selecting a counselor, ask if they are current with the latest research in trauma treatment. The majority of therapists are over 20 years behind and rely heavily on 'talk therapy' and archaic modalities of treatment.
I am a volunteer Board member (advisory) for P.I.S.T.L.E. and have had the honor of volunteering with West Coast Post-trauma Retreat two years in a row helping first responders with trauma heal. After internships with Phoenix and Chandler Crisis Response, I gained a strong sense of respect, witnessing first hand the terrible dangers and pressures that these brave men and women of our community face daily to protect and serve us. When people are running out, they are running in. This is what fueled my passion for serving this population.
I love to use humor as much as I can - and when appropriate - in my sessions. When you come in to my office, I want you to feel as welcome and comfortable as possible. I have water bottles on hand, snacks, and a Keurig machine for hot tea and coffee. I believe coming to counseling should never feel like visiting a doctor's office: clinical and cold. I strive for comfort, warmth, and safety.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-16034), a Clinical Supervisor, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through IATP. I attend year-round trainings to remain current with the most recent research and evidenced-based treatments.
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I hold a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from University of Phoenix, where I graduated cum laude. I earned a Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University, where I was a member of Phi Alpha Honor Society (LCSW-16034).
Sarah is in network with Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield. For all other insurances, a form can be provided for you to submit for reimbursement if you have out of network benefits. Contact your insurance for more information.
I moved to Arizona from Ohio in 2006 for college and now call this beautiful state my home. I met my wonderful husband while in graduate school and we have three gorgeous children (from age 6 to under 1 year). I have known I wanted to be a Social Worker since I was a senior in high school and worked in a retirement community. That’s where I really understood that everyone has a story to tell, if we just listen. Since then I have focused on crisis work and have worked alongside first responders on a crisis response team, with doctors and nurses in a level 1 trauma hospital, and with numerous other disciplines along the continuum of care. Doctors, nurses, and various other healthcare workers are routinely exposed to traumatic events and the challenge of having a patient's life in their hands. I have really found my passion in trauma work and am eager to keep continuing my education and enhancing my skills with up to date trainings and resources so that I may better serve my clients. I love making connections and want my clients to know they have someone they can trust on their team.
I graduated from Arizona State University with my Bachelors of Social work in 2010. I went on to do the 1 year Advanced Standing Master’s program through ASU, graduating with my MSW in 2011. I am licensed and in good standing, with the AZ Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (LMSW-13457).
Rhanda is in network with Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield. For all other insurances, a form can be provided for you to submit for reimbursement if you have out of network benefits. Contact your insurance for more information.
In 2015, I graduated from Minot State University with my Bachelors in Social Work. Through the Advanced Standing Program at University of Nevada, Reno I received my Masters in Social work where I graduated magna cum laude. I’ve been a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society since 2015.
Shortly after I completed my undergraduate program, I moved to the southwest. My life has quickly changed unexpectedly since then. I’ve endured great loss, experienced significant emotional pain, and developed endurance and strength from those times. I’m grateful for what I’ve learned about myself and others. I’ve always had empathy, compassion, and genuine concern for others. I love people, animals, life and consider myself spiritual. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with loved ones, cooking, and exercising. I love all things related to health and wellness. The mind and body are interconnected and both need to be acknowledged and taken care of in order to obtain overall good health. Helping others is my passion and I hope that I can help you heal and decrease any primary issues or concerns you present with. I’ve been practicing therapy since the beginning of 2018 when I started as an intern during my graduate program. I am eager and committed to continuing my education and expanding my knowledge in this work so that I can help my clients more effectively and stay up to date on the most recent trainings and research.
When I’m with my clients, I want them to feel welcome, comfortable, and safe. I enjoy helping my clients learn more about themselves, while I guide and support them through life’s challenges. My hope is that you can experience healing here. Going to therapy takes courage and it can be intimidating to start with someone new. I’d love to assist you with your healing journey and advocate for you and your progress along the way.
I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW-17898). I am licensed and in good standing, with the AZ Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.
Scottsdale Office (M-Th):
7300 E. Palm Ln.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Gilbert Office (Fridays only)
Paula is in network with Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS clients are seen ONLY at the Gilbert location on Fridays). All other clients can be seen in her Scottsdale office. While she is currently not in network with other insurances, a form (Superbill) can be provided for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement if you have out of network benefits. Contact your insurance for more information.
I moved from upstate New York in 1994 and remained in Arizona because of its hiking trails and beautiful weather with no snow. I am passionate about helping others and have been since I was a child. I am married with a son and three rescued dogs. My interests include: spending time with family and friends, hiking with my son and my dogs, enjoying the outdoors and volunteering in the community. I am not faith-based counselor, although I am a Christian.
Connecting with clients in helping them reach their true potential in a supportive and safe environment is a goal of mine. I use a strength-based, non-judgmental, trauma- informed approach to therapy. Utilizing different forms of therapy techniques to assist clients in an holistic approach is how I like to approach therapy. I understand the importance of a client’s background and/or upbringing in therapy. I enjoy watching a client’s growth transition in therapy and I am grateful for the chance to be a part of that transition.
I continue evidence-based training through out the year to ensure I am up-to-date and well-rounded in my therapy approach. I enjoy working with children, adolescents and adults.
I attended University of Phoenix and completed my Bachelors of Social Sciences in Human Services 2015. During my time at University of Phoenix, I was a member of the National Organization of Human Services Association and was a part of the Chi Beta Chapter Honor Society. I received my Masters from Arizona State University in 2017. During my time at Arizona State University I was a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society for both years.
I am a Licensed Master Social Worker and Certified Family Trauma Professional and trained in EMDR.
I have experience working with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Veterans, LGBTQ, and adolescents. I offer blocks of 1-2 hours. *I have immediate openings and offer telehealth/ video sessions.