"Empathy has no script. It is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgement, emotionally connecting and communicating that incredibly healing message of 'You Are Not Alone.'” -Brene Brown
Myra Hurtado, MPC, LPC
Myra approaches therapy with great empathy as she journeys with clients in their healing process. Creating a safe environment where trust is built, she journeys with clients as they work at mending pieces back together through psychotherapy and soul level healing. She specializes in treating trauma and believes strongly in the mind, body, soul connection of healing and wholeness. If a client chooses, Myra offers to serve clients from a faith based perspective while meeting each client right where they are at with their individual differences, cultural backgrounds, beliefs and experiences. She works with adolescents, adults and families.
Myra received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Psychology and then earned her Masters of Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University. Myra supervises, consults and facilitates training of other clinicians. She is a Certified EMDR therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant and offers consultation and supervision for clinicians. She is also trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1 & 2, Play Therapy, and Sand Tray Therapy.
Myra has a heart for integrative care. Along with her sister, she opened up The Integrative Healing Center of AZ in Gilbert in 2020. The center is a collaborative space for integrative care. In her work with clients Myra has witnessed the physiological impact of trauma and unmanaged stress on the body. The center provides a space for holistic care, if clients choose, with a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Nutritionist, a Massage Therapist and an Esthetician. For more information you can visit www.integrativehealingcenteraz.com.
When Myra is not in the office with clients or managing the center, you will likely find her on the ball field with her family cheering on one of her four active children!
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Nicci Kirlew, MSW, LMSW
Some of Nicci’s favorite words come from Brene Brown when she said, "Empathy has no script. There is no right or wrong way to do it. It is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgement, emotionally connecting and communicating that incredibly healing message of 'You Are Not Alone.' “
Nicci believes that the safety and trust developed between client and therapist is vital for healing. Nicci works to create a compassionate, non-judgmental space to begin the healing process. She approaches therapy using a trauma informed, attachment focused lens. Using, EMDR and other modalities, Nicci works with clients to get to the root of the issues they are seeking help with by really understanding where it started and why the patterns or symptoms have happened.
Nicci received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in 2002 in Social Work. She then earned her Masters Degree in Social Work in 2006. Nicci also completed a post graduate clinical program in Infant Toddler Mental Health from The Harris Institute.
Nicci has had her own journey to healing after trauma and illness and knows how important it is to have a trusted therapist. Nicci also believes in the power of the mind, body and soul connection and its importance in the healing process. When she is not working, she enjoys photography, traveling and time with her family. She resides in Gilbert with her husband and crazy little rescue puppy.
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Laura Rice, MS, LAC
Laura is inspired by Carl Roger’s quote, “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.” Laura supports and walks with others to improve their overall well-being. She believes in the power of empathy and understanding within a counseling relaonship to facilitate personal awareness, transformaon and healing. She provides a safe, neutral space for individuals, couples and families to work towards their overall improvement in relationships, mindset and everyday life. Laura considers the holistic health of each individual and meets her clients where they are presently.
Laura provides evidenced based therapy that includes Cognitve Behavioral Therapy and a Person Centered approach from a trauma informed perspecve. She works from the model of Emotionally Focused Therapy with couples and families, which focuses on creating relationship patterns that are more safe, secure and healthy.
Laura is trained in Eye Movement Desensizaon and Reprocessing (EMDR), a therapy that is widely used and extremely effective in treating trauma, grief, anxiety, and stress. She specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues, trauma and behavioral concerns. She works with clients towards their individualized goals at a comfortable pace.
Laura is a Licensed Associate Counselor. She received her MS in Counseling Psychology and School Counseling from Chatham College in Pisburgh, PA. She received her BA in Psychology from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. Laura received certification in Applied Behavioral Analysis through Penn State Universy.
Laura is experienced working with children, teens, adults, and their families. She has more than 15 years working as a counselor in various settings including public and private school systems, community based care, employee assistance, hospitalization and inpatient settings. She worked for 7 years as a behavioral consultant for families and schools that involved completion of extensive behavioral assessments, plan development and consultation.
Laura was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She and her family relocated to AZ in 2009 and have loved AZ living ever since. Laura and her husband have been married for 18 years and have 4 children and 2 dogs. Laura enjoys family me, music, sports and the beauful outdoors.
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Tiffany Wisdom, LPC
“The best thing you have to offer is yourself” Quote by Lisa Olivera. These words are the best way to describe Tiffany’s approach to helping others by using therapy, connection, and body work such as yoga, and breathe to come back to our authentic selves. Tiffany specializes in working with people to overcome trauma and/or adverse experiences. When it comes to trauma many people lose their connection to their authentic self. Tiffany believes the brain is always working to protect us and will build up defenses to help get us through to the next moment, this is what is sometimes referred to a survival mode. There comes a time when we no longer need those protections and Tiffany helps find ways for individual’s to build new pathways to re-connect to their authentic self and in the process build confidence and security to create the life they want.
Tiffany’s journey to becoming a therapist was not a linear road. Tiffany has been in the Social Services field for over 20 years. Tiffany completed her Bachelors of Science through University of Phoenix and went on to complete her Masters of Science in Counseling through Southwest Oklahoma State University. Tiffany is also a Certified Yoga Teacher. Tiffany has a passion for creating services in areas of need and spent the last 10 years creating and providing services for people in rural Oklahoma. Tiffany is currently licensed in Oklahoma and Arizona and also provides Supervision for LPC candidates. Tiffany is EMDR trained through EMDRIA, is a Nationally Certified TF-CBT provider and has extensive experience in Suicide prevention.
Tiffany has worked through her own journey to healing and understands the value of having a therapist to provide a safe place to help guide one through the healing process. Through Tiffany’s own healing experience she strongly believes in the power of healing our mind, body and spirit and that it is vital to have safe people to share our in our journey to healing. In Tiffany’s off time she enjoys hiking, reading, yoga, dancing, and spending time with her Pugawa Snort. Tiffany lives with her family and Snort in Mesa, AZ.
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Amy Bryant, LAC
Amy is passionate about empowering clients to create the change and growth needed to thrive as both individuals and members of their community. She earned her undergraduate Bachelor of Science at Arizona State University and her Master of Science in Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University.
Amy brings a wealth of real life, as well as professional experience, when it comes to overcoming the curve balls life brings. She is committed to providing her clients a safe space and the support needed to resolve family conflict, preserve a marriage, overcome infidelity, love a headstrong teen, or navigate the new challenges associated with living through a pandemic.
Amy is also passionate about assisting families with blended family/adoption challenges, special needs, attachment disorders, borderline personality, bipolar, and other serious mental health diagnoses. Her strengths lie in assisting families to address the trauma associated with conflict and teaching the resources and tools to ensure family unity. Amy can partner with and empower parents in their efforts to modify unwanted behavior, improve attachment and build lasting relationships in order to thrive in adverse times.
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Thomas Arbaugh, LAC, BCC, MDiv, MSC
Thomas has a heart for working with adolescents, adults, families, and couples to help unlock their strengths as they journey through difficult circumstances. He believes that clients are the experts of their own lives and sees his counseling role as a helper and sojourner. In addition to providing counseling services, Thomas serves the East Valley in a variety of ways including as a professional hospital and volunteer fire chaplain. As such, he spends a significant amount of time supporting first responders and front-line medical teams. Although he uses a variety of evidence-based counseling techniques, his primary lens is a systems framework, through which he offers solution-focused, strengths-based interventions to help clients overcome obstacles.
Thomas holds a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in care and counseling from Emmanuel Christian Seminary, a Master of Science in clinical counseling from Milligan University, and a Bachelor of Arts in social work from California State University, Chico. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in organizational leadership at Grand Canyon University. He is a certified coach with Maxwell Leadership Team.
Outside of his professional and civic roles, Thomas enjoys fitness, endurance events, and spending time outdoors with his wife and three children!
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Sara Lewis, Grand Canyon University, Masters Level Professional Counseling Intern
“We know what we are, but know not what we may be” - William Shakespeare
Sara focuses on promoting strength, and resilience, to individuals who have experienced trauma. Through a trauma informed, client-centered approach Sara creates a safe space for children, adults, and families, to develop healthy views of themselves and strengthen relationships with acceptance and empathy; helping clients to see the beauty within themselves and enhance their self-worth.
Sara implements mindfulness-based, creative (art/play), and client-centered therapeutic approaches. Helping individuals develop healthy responses to emotional stressors and supports clients in identifying their strengths/inner tools that will help them reach their full potential and healing.
Sara has obtained her Bachelor’s degree in social work from Arizona State University and is currently working towards her Graduate degree in Clinical Counseling with Grand Canyon University. Sara has experience in working with children, families and adults in many environments including domestic violence shelters, schools (autism/special needs), and behavioral health.
Sara was born and raised in Arizona and greatly values spending time with her husband and dog Ham, hiking, kayaking, camping, and getting together with family/friends. Sara has experienced her own journey through trauma and recognizes the importance of creating a trusting therapeutic relationship for individuals to feel heard, accepted, and supported throughout their healing.
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