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Kristen Ables, M.S., LAC-Eligible

Kristen works with clients 15+ and uses crisis training, trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy, and group counseling. She has experience with clients that have depression, anxiety, and disorderd eating.

What do you like the best about being a counselor?

“The interpersonal, creative, and analytical aspects to counseling…all of them are important.”

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Amanda Anderson, M.S., LAC

Amanda specializes in treating depression and anxiety and works with clients that are aged 14+. She is EMDR-trained and believes that being genuine, trusting, and caring is important in the client and counselor relationship.

What do you like the best about being a counselor?

“Helping clients to bring out strengths they already hold and giving them skills they can use now and for the rest of their life.”

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Jessica Brubaker, M.S., LPC

Jessica is responsible for the development and implementation of clinical training throughout Transitions Counseling She supervises both licensed associate counselors and master’s-level interns and has given speaking engagements on multiple topics including self-care and adolescent mental health. She is EMDR-trained, works with clients aged 14 and above, and specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, attachment/relationship issues, and emotional trauma.

What do you like the best about being a counselor?

“Helping people to repair the relationship with themselves so that they can participate fully in their life.”

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Stacy Bettelon, M.S., LAC

Stacey enjoys working with teenagers, young adults, and adults who struggle with depression anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, self-worth, and substance use. Her goal is to provide a safe, judgement-fr place to increase self-awareness around mental health struggles and learn tools to live a fulfilling life. She utilizes a variety of techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, increasing self-worth, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and skills and motivational interviewing.

What do you believe is the most important thing about the client/counselor relationship?

“I believe that it is important as a counselor to work in conjunction with clients to create a plan independently focused on their individual needs to create the greatest outcomes.”

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Tawny Bill, M.A., LAC

Tawny works with clients aged 5 and above, is trained in EMDR and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and specializes in the management of anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and LGBTQ+ related concerns. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and has a goal to visit every national park in the US.

What do you believe is the most important thing about the client/counselor relationship?

“I think mutual respect and rapport is necessary to foster a trusting environment that is conducive to facilitating change.”

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Suzanna (Suzie) Cano-King, M.S., LAC

Suzanna Cano-King is a Licensed Associate Counselor and earned her Master’s of Science in Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University. She utilizes DBT and CBT skills and is trained in EMDR. Suzanna facilitates the adult Intensive Outpatient Program at the Glendale office. In the individual setting, she works with adolescents and adults.

What is the most important thing about the counselor and client relationship?

“I’m passionate about helping others and my goal is to provide a safe place for one to explore, process, and learn the tools to live a fulfilling life.”

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Lauren Corelli, M.S., LAC

Lauren is a Licensed Associate Counselor and works with adolescents and adults for individual counseling and group therapy.

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Lisa Garza, M.S., LAC

Lisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education, specializing in Special Education and a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, adults, and couples. She’s compassionate about helping individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health diagnoses. Along with CBT and DBT therapies, Lisa incorporates a holistic approach when counseling, believing in a mind/body connection. She enjoys helping clients identify skills to create a lifestyle that is wholehearted and joyful. She keeps her mind and body healthy by hiking, running, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.

What is the most important thing about the counselor and client relationship?

“The development of hope which occurs when there is an environment of trust, warmth, and emotional safety.”

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Madison Gilbreath, M.S., LAC

Madison is a Licensed Associate Counselor and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development from The University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Madison is passionate about working with children and adolescents, specializes in treating depression and anxiety, and utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy to process client’s thoughts, feelings, and actions.

What do you like to do when you’re not at Transitions?

“When I’m out of the office, I enjoy traveling, spending time with family, and cycling.”

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Lourdes Guillen, M.S., LAC-Eligible

Lourdes is fluent in Spanish and English, works with clients 10 to 50 years of age, and specializes in anxiety, depression, boundaries, self-worth, and gender/sexual identity. Respect and trust are most important to her in the client and counselor relationship.

What do you like the best about being a counselor?

“The most rewarding part of being a counselor is knowing that you had a part in affecting the life of another individual. Giving hope when people feel hopeless and inspiring others to be all that they are capable of being.”

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Lynette Howard, M.S., LAC-Eligible

Lynette works with clients aged 10 and above, is trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and is particularly interested in helping clients with anxiety. Lynette is married to an Air Force veteran and enjoys running in her free time.

What do you believe is the most important thing about the client/counselor relationship?

“Helping others through the development of a healthy therapeutic relationship.”

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Candice Isaacson, M.S., LAC, LASAC

Candice is EMDR-trained and works with adolescent and adult clients. She specializes in trauma/PTSD, self-esteem issues, depression, and bipolar disorder. In addition to EMDR, her modalities include motivational interviewing, harm reduction, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and solution focused therapy.

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Rochelle Johns, M.S., LAC

Rochelle works with clients 10-60 years of age and specializes in depression, anxiety, substance use, self-harm, suicidal ideation, self-esteem, stages of life, boundaries, and relationships.

What do you like the best about being a counselor?

“Being able to be of service to others and knowing that I am making a difference in people’s lives.”

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Kennedy Kidd, M.A., LAC

Kennedy specializes in treating anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, self-esteem, relationships, and boundary issues. She treats clients aged 13+ and believes that a trusting therapeutic relationship is most important in the client and counselor relationship.

What do you like the best about being a counselor?

“Creating a safe place for clients to be their full selves; empowering clients to grow and create purpose in their life; and helping others learn about themselves.”

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Shannon Killpack, M.A., ATR

Shannon works with clients aged 10 and up is particularly interested in the treatment of autism-spectrum disorders and trauma. Shannon is a registered art therapist and provides expressive arts therapy to our IOP groups in addition to seeing clients for individual therapy. She is a mom of six teens in a blended family and enjoys “household projects…revamping something old and making it new.”

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR FUTURE CLIENTS TO KNOW?

“Art making is about the experience, not the result. Everyone is an artist!”

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Karly Kinzie, M.S., LAC-Eligible

Karly works with clients 16+ and her areas of interest include treating anxiety, depression, relational issues, boundaries, and attachment. She believes that building and maintaining trust and rapport are the most important factors throughout the counseling relationship.

What do you like the best about being a counselor?

“Equipping others with the tools they need to feel more empowered.”

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Leah Levengood, M.S.W., LMSW

Leah is fluent in Spanish and English, and uses cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and dialectical behavior therapy. Her areas of interest include quality of life, aging, active duty service members and veterans, LGBTQI, substance abuse/addiction, chronic disease management, HIV/AIDS, and end-of-life/hospice care.

What do you like to do when you’re not at Transitions?

“I like to volunteer as a therapist at the Franciscan Renewal Center aka “the casa”.”

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Traci Manry, M.S., LPC

Traci is EMDR-trained and works with children, adolescents, and adult clients. Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and relationship issues. She utilizes EMDR, CBT, trauma-focused CBT, and emotionally-focused therapy.

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Amanda Romero, M.S., LPC

Amanda works with clients 11+ and specializes in the treatment of depression, relationship and interpersonal issues, trauma, and PTSD. Her therapeutic modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, art therapy, gestalt therapy, and play therapy.

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Cory Roberts, M.S., LPC

Cory works with clients that are ages 14+ and specializes in anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, relationships, and parenting.

What is the most important thing about the counselor and client relationship?

“It is crucial to me that a safe, empathetic, and non-judgemental environment is provided for my clients to express their emotions, thoughts, and feelings.”

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Lisa Santos, M.S., LAC

Lisa is fluent in Spanish and English, and trained in trauma impact counseling, multi-systemic therapy, substance abuse counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and art therapy. She works with clients aged 12+ and specializes in anxiety, depression, attachment, and trauma.

What do you like the best about being a counselor?

“I am passionate about providing support to children, adolescents, adults, and their families during difficult times and assisting them find solutions to achieve their behavioral health goals.”

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Samantha Sheeley, M.S., LAC, NCC

Samantha Sheeley is board certified through the National Board for Certified Counselors and works with adolescents and college age and early career adults. Her therapeutic specialities include cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, and mindfulness. Samantha is a well-known softball athlete and coach, and a member of the Emporia State Hall of Fame for her achievements.

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Shawn Smyser, M.S., LAC

Shawn works with clients from age 8 to early-career adults and specializes in assessing and treating safety concerns, panic attacks, PTSD, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, and those struggling with unhealthy relationships, boundaries, and/or communication issues.

What do you believe is the most important thing about the client/counselor relationship?

“Going to therapy can be scary, so I believe building the relationship is the most important aspect of the client/counselor relationship, along with trust, honesty, and knowledge.”

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Ashley Sprotberry, M.S., LAC

Ashley is an EMDR-trained counselor, works with clients ages 14+, and specializes in depression, anxiety, and trauma.

What is the most important thing about the counselor and client relationship?

“TRUST and for the client to know there is no judgment in the therapy room.”

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Troy Tangeman M.S., LPC, NCC

Clinical Supervisor

Troy has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. He is certified in dialectical behavior therapy, EMDR-trained, and works with clients ages 14+. He specializes in trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, unresolved grief, adjustment and stress related disorders, and borderline personality disorder. Troy is the clinical supervisor for our South Mountain office.

What do you like best about being a counselor?

“Seeing a person finally feeling at peace with their past and having hope for a better future.”

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Quinyatta Washington, M.S., LAC

Quin works with clients ages 14+ and uses cognitive behavioral therapy, inner child theory, mindfulness, and yoga. She specializes in treating anxiety and self-esteem issues and likes to listen to and encourage her clients through the therapy process.

What is the most important thing about the counselor and client relationship?

“Healthy rapport, trust, honesty, and compassion.”

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Emilie Wright, M.A., LPC

Clinical Supervisor

Emilie uses an “eclectic style to help meet individuals where they are currently at in their lives.” She works with clients ages 13+ and specializes in anxiety, depression, anger management, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and somatic symptomology. Emilie is a clinical supervisor at Transitions and works with several advanced graduate students training to become licensed therapists.

What do you like best about being a counselor?

“Trust, open communication, and I love seeing the growth of my clients.”

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Alysson Zatarga, M.A., M.Ed., LPC

Alysson has extensive mental health and organizational experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds. As the director of clinical services, she develops and manages clinical programs and supervises the next generation of mental health counselors. She works with clients aged 6 and above, specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and solution-focused therapy, and has a special clinical interest in clients with autism, family conflict, relationship issues, and emotional trauma. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and has multiple pets that have been rescued.

What do you like the best about being a counselor?

“I enjoy supporting clients on their journeys to a healthier, happier, more balanced way of life.”

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