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Counseling and EMDR Therapy

Compassionate, experienced, evidence-based therapy, along with a solution-focused, skills-building approach for your mental, emotional and relational well-being. Providing video sessions.

Areas of Expertise

Anxiety and Depression

Maladaptive Coping Behaviors

Trauma and Complex-PTSD

Self-Worth and Insecurities

About Athena

Licensed Associated Counselor

With 10+ years of combined clinical counseling and certified coaching experience, and 40+ years life experience, I specialize in helping clients resolve anxiety, insecurities, relationship distress, low self-worth, depression, complex-PTSD, chronic stress, self-criticism, reactivity, and maladaptive protective behaviors, like people-pleasing, binging, avoiding and self-sabotaging, that can cause havoc in all aspects of life.

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Engaging. Skills-Building.

I specialize in helping clients resolve anxiety disorders, insecurities, relationship distress, ADHD, OCD, complex-PTSD and maladaptive behaviors, like people-pleasing, codependency, reactivity, outbursts or self-sabotaging.


Rather than conventional talk therapy or passive listening, I actively engage in sessions, providing an empowering, psychoeducational, skills-building approach for you to process painful emotions, resolve limiting beliefs and build self-worth. Learn communication and relationship skills, along with emotional health practices and tools that guide your healing today and benefit you long after therapy.

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EMDR Therapy

Trauma Recovery. Process Painful Emotions.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experience to bring these to an adaptive resolution. After successful treatment, distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and current day physiological symptoms such as anxiety, panic and other triggered emotions are reduced or completely resolved. I utilize Neurotek tactile bilateral stimulation pulsars for EMDR treatment.

Let's Talk About Relationships

Improve Self-Awareness. Improve Relationships.

Nowadays, much of our stress, anxiety and other painful emotions stem from relationships. Our relationships with family and friends, at work, with our partner, or the extreme distress involved with divorce and breakups... and having to navigate singlehood and dating.


With EMDR, I provide therapy for clients wanting to heal relationship distress and improve their relationships. Whether you are currently single or in a relationship, EMDR can help you gain the capacity for a secure attachment style (foundation for secure, loving, trusting relationship) while resolving previous relational trauma, insecurities, triggers and maladaptive protective behaviors that can cause havoc in relationship.

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Credentials and Therapy Methods

Licensure and Supervision

Certifications & Awards

  • License: Arizona / LAC-21511

  • Supervisor: Stefanny Balestracci / Arizona / LPC-18869

  • Best of Scottsdale Award, Counselor 2019

  • Certified Relationship Coach / 08101704 

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional / IAPT

  • IFS-Informed Therapist (Parts Work) / IFS Institute

  • Level 1 Gottman Method Therapist / The Gottman Institute



Grand Canyon University / Phoenix, AZ / 2019


Emphasis in Human and Organizational Behavior
Grand Canyon University / Phoenix, AZ / 2012


Arizona State University / Tempe, AZ / 2005

Therapy Methods

  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)

  • Attachment-based

  • Behavioral and Emotional Skill Training (BEST) 

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

  • Cognitive Processing (CPT)

  • Compassion Focused (CFT)

  • Dialectical Behavior (DBT)

  • EMDR

  • Gottman Method

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)

  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)

  • Trauma Informed and Polyvagal-based

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3010 N 67th Place

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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