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RYAN M. SHEADE, LCSW

Owner and Founder

Therapy is an interesting thing – many people have preconceived notions of what therapy is or should be. Therapy, to me, is simple. You have some issues in your life that are bothering you – maybe you feel down, maybe you can’t get your relationships to work.

Everything that you’ve tried hasn’t been helpful or, ultimately, hasn’t gotten you where you want to be. That’s where I come in. I can help you pick up your issue, turn it to an angle that maybe you haven’t seen yet, and brainstorm new ways to address it.


I’m rational, pragmatic, and positive in my approach. I won’t give you advice or tell you what to do because I believe the answers are all within you – I help you to find them through my personal and professional experience.


Although it is by no means the sole focus of my practice, I have a significant history working with people living with HIV/AIDS and with the LGBTQ population. I am qualified and knowledgeable on the Benjamin Transgender Standards of Care and have helped many people with their gender transition.

 

ERICA TATUM-SHEADE, LMSW

Child and Adolescent Therapist

This is what I promise: when you walk into my office, your child will have a safe place to explore their feelings and emotions without judgment, and through their work with me, they will walk away with a better understanding of themselves.


I believe that they really do have the answers and know how best to make the necessary changes in their lives. Sometimes, though, those answers are trapped and children can feel that they are unheard, which can lead to behavioral problems and isolation.


My entire career has been dedicated to working with children and families to ensure the best possible outcomes, from working as a tribal social worker to my continued work as volunteer CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for Maricopa County Superior Court.

 

JOYCE BRIMHALL, LMSW

Older Adult Practitioner

Is aging an attitude or is it just a number?  Are you really only as old as you feel? Some days feeling older than others and wondering “what have I done with my life?”

A positive outlook can enhance the quality of life but some times that’s just not enough.  Growing older presents many challenges: physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally and cognitively.  An integrated approach to improving quality of life is our approach.  With you, we can address concerns about:

– facing loss
– changing relationships
– dealing with adult sons and daughters
– reviewing life events that have affected your current mood and emotions

Building a trusting relationship with a mental health practitioner who will understand your issues in a supportive, non-confrontational manner is a major step forward with resolving personal challenges. I have years of experience with assisting older adults with complex health and mental health issues. I have been working in the field of aging in mental health facilities and in healthcare systems as well as teaching courses in Mental Health and Aging at Arizona State University.

 

JOY CARTER, LMSW

Adult Practitioner

Caring for your mental wellness can often be a challenge, especially for busy women with many personal and professional responsibilities. You do not have to suffer in silence with stress, anxiety, and depression. I provide a place where everyone can express their emotions without judgment. As your therapist, I will honor and acknowledge your feelings about your life experiences. I offer an objective perspective so you can use your strengths and inner knowing to gain insight and challenge perspectives that do not serve you so you can live your best life. As Audre Lorde states, taking time to care for yourself “…is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation…” I would be honored to partner with you in caring for your mental wellness.

 

I have been a Licensed Master Social Worker since 2000 and have experience in community mental health and medical settings. My experience includes working with people who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, low self-esteem, intimate partner violence, a history of abuse, grief, adjusting to life transitions, and chronic illness. In addition, I have studied mindfulness, meditation, guided visualization, and coaching practices to support those that I serve. A primary focus of my practice is to offer a safe space for women of color seeking mental health therapy. I stay connected to the social work community by supporting master’s level social work student interns at Arizona State University as a Field Liaison

 

Todd Giles, LMSW

Family Practitioner

Ever get frustrated with yourself because a difficult conversation went poorly?  Had a month when your anxiety's only gotten worse and worse? One of those weeks when you have trouble believing in yourself?

 

I would enjoy the opportunity to listen, and if you’re interested, to help you build empathy, respect, and forgiveness for your frustrated self.  I believe everything each of us knows today we learned by making a mistake, and mistakes are not to be ashamed of but are actually the catalysts for growth.  

When it comes to relationships, I believe that most conflicts can be reframed as differences in values.  Examining the differences between your values and a loved one’s values doesn’t have to be a painful experience.  Opportunities abound for us to modify our expectations and to set healthy boundaries in order to increase our peace.  And I believe that life is not a quest for perfection, but rather a quest for enjoyable, sustainable growth.   

That's how I approach therapeutic sessions--listen long and carefully, pinpoint opportunities for change, and then help build out your emotional toolbox with tips, tricks and new ways of looking at the world around you.  Cognitive therapeutic techniques for increasing your personal awareness, paired with the principles of mindfulness and acceptance from DBT, provide solid frameworks for personal growth.

Helping people is my passion--and for many years I used technology in the business world to help people come together to collaborate on music, videogames and other artistic endeavors.  The best part of my job has always been listening to people describe their greatest challenges and then help them choose the best strategies for overcoming them. I can help your family implement simple technological solutions to manage screen time, enhance executive skills, and maximize the benefits of family time.  Together, we can create rules of engagement--guidelines for where, when and how to have important conversations.

I've spent the last four years providing brief solution-focused therapy to emotionally-challenged, aggressive adolescents and their families.  I believe that relationships improve when people accept their differences, communicate their emotions clearly and learn new coping skills to weather the toughest of times.  While no two families are the same, most learn that fostering mutual respect, positivity, a nonjudgmental environment and setting crystal clear, reasonable expectations are reliable strategies for reducing aggression and conflict

 
 
 

CYNTHIA HEYDENRICH, LCSW

Adult Pracitioner

I believe in strong, effective therapy. I only make one assumption when I work with people — they are looking for results.

It is possible to have a happy and fulfilling life. It is not necessary for anyone to live with anxiety, depression, unhealthy coping skills, or prolonged difficulties in the aftermath of trauma.

I believe there is no such thing as a problem that has no solution. I have had success working with a variety of mental health issues such as: weight loss issues, severe trauma, PTSD, gender transition, severe and mild depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. We work together to find solutions to specific problems.

Effective therapy can change everything. Through effective cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and EMDR we work together to change your mind to change your life. I also offer groups that provide education about weight gain, mental health, and life transitions.

 
 
 

John Santacrose, LCSW

 Adult Practitioner

It is my experience that we all at one time or another have faced adversity, emotional distress, anxiety or depression, and during these times we can feel incredibly overwhelmed and alone.I am often reminded by my clients that it only takes one courageous step to bring about positive meaningful change. I believe that this is the time when we should reach out courageously for assistance and start to look for answers to deal with these challenges. If you are reading this, I encourage you to take that first step. I meet my clients where they are in the moment and assist them in managing their feelings and provide them with positive emotional support.I provide a safe, supportive and healing space that fosters a collaborative relationship with my clients to discuss these problems. I help my clients to explore ways to make changes in their lives by identifying specific goals and by nurturing personal strengths and abilities. My goal through the supportive therapeutic process is to encourage clients to develop tools and resources that improves one’s overall health and well-being that promotes a positive outlook on the future and interpersonal relationships. I offer a strong emphasis on person-centered care by focusing on the specific needs of the individual and incorporating cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, mindfulness and EMDR techniques within sessions.

ALEX MORETTI, LMSW

 Adult Practitioner

I’m dedicated to helping individuals who have found their addictions or relationships are no longer beneficial to how they want to live their lives. Though therapeutic alliance and building trust between individuals and myself, we can move through the journey of recovery.
 

Through my past experience with the use EMDR and CBT I have assisted people in moving through past trauma and addressing anxiety. I believe that through addressing past traumatic events and identifying positive changes that you would like to build in your life, recovery is always a viable option.
 

I have experience working with trauma, substance use, and serious mental illness and I also specialize in working with non-traditional relationships such as polyamory, open relationships, and the like. My experience allows me to assist with resource building, systemic concerns, and identifying the most effective path to healing for each individual.

MICHELLE KOMETH, LCSW

Young Adult Practitioner

Therapy is an opportunity for you to talk about or express whatever is bothering you, however big or small. I focus on your strengths as you have what it takes to be the best version of yourself; you just might need a new perspective. We will work collaboratively to ensure you are working towards your goals. I will challenge you to think differently, and will encourage you to do the work outside our sessions. I promote a safe and supportive environment while providing tools and resources to improve. I utilize a variety of techniques, including CBT and EMDR.