PRACTITIONERS

PRACTITIONERS

Our practitioners include clinical psychologists, social workers, counselors, coaches, body and energy workers and acupuncturists. We are also home to teachers and healers whose specialties include yoga, meditation, Reiki, HeartMath, Equine Assisted Therapy, and Biofeedback.

Psychotherapy and Counseling Services

Michelle Ellis, PhD

Michelle Ellis, PhD

Psychologist/Executive Director

Michelle is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist. She has over 35 years of experience working with adults, adolescents and children across a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment facilities, group homes and the prison system. Her specialties include couples and family therapy, anxiety, parenting effectiveness and child and adolescent behavior problems.

As a long time meditator, she often uses mindfulness and other holistic techniques when working with clients with anxiety and depression. She says, “Life is like a roller coaster. Our challenge is to enjoy each turn, find the excitement in each downhill and find the lesson in the uphills. “I enjoy the challenge of assisting clients to navigate the roller coaster of their lives!”

Lorraine Myro, LCSW

Lorraine Myro, LCSW

Social Worker/Assistant Director

Lorraine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with adults, seniors and family units in the outpatient and community setting. Specialties include treating depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship challenges, and brain injury.

Treatment is trauma-informed, with each plan individualized and developed from a strengths-based perspective. Lorraine looks at how early childhood experiences and family systems shape who the client is today, and effectively facilitates both understanding and skill development in a manner that facilitates lasting change. Lorraine employs best practices for treatment through education and evidence-based interventions, and moves at pace that works best for the client.

“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” Hippocrates

 

Jeffrey Dixon, LCSW

Jeffrey Dixon, LCSW

Social Worker

Jeff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has been working in mental health for 15 years. He has been a psychotherapist for 9 years.  He has diverse experience working with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, and trauma/PTSD in hospital, clinic, and private practice settings.

For Jeff, therapy is a partnership, in that the rapport between the therapist and client is of the utmost importance. It is a relationship of equals and in which both grow together.

Jeff uses six different interventions: Client Centered Therapy (you talk, Jeff listens), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (thinking about how you think), Mindfulness Training (a way of focusing and relaxing), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (widely known as EMDR and used for the resolution of trauma), Guided Imagery (a way of using your imaginative capabilities as a coping tool), and Sand Play Therapy (bringing what’s unconscious into awareness.)

Jeff is also a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and will offer pastoral counseling and/or spiritual direction if a client makes that request. Jeff’s spirituality is one that seeks healing for others, not indoctrination, and certainly no judgment ever. Jeff also works with those overcoming religious trauma.

Britta Homelvig, LMSW

Britta Homelvig, LMSW

Therapist

Britta is a social worker who brings 14 years of experience working with individuals looking to enhance their lives. Her background includes an array of nonprofit work, primarily with adults, who come from diverse backgrounds and are often impacted by systems of oppression. Cultural humility and ongoing antiracist education underpin her work.

Britta’s approach is collaborative, warm, and recognizes that individuals are the experts of their own lives who are walking, talking products of their environments. Treatment is driven by a strengths-based, person-centered approach that is validating, dynamic, fluid, and integrates the complexity of healing: as the layers start to peel back, sometimes the goals and direction need to change. Britta’s method is first and foremost tailored to each individual. She seeks to connect early life and/or impactful experiences to unconscious behaviors. Techniques, such as externalization and cognitive restructuring allow for meaningful conversations about, not only the influence of experiences but how individuals can change their relationships to those experiences and reach their goals. Additionally, Britta explores and capitalizes on the unique ways individuals adapt to traumatic experiences to regulate their nervous systems.

Britta is a lifelong learner, and this learning comes not just from textbooks and research, but the folks she’s had the honor of supporting on their journeys.

“Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.” ~ Thomas Merton

Hayley Miller

Hayley Miller

Counselor

Hayley (she/her) is a Tucson native with a background in education and youth empowerment nonprofit work. Hayley approaches counseling from a person-centered and strengths-based approach, meeting each client where they are from a warm and nonjudgmental place. She believes that everyone deserves to feel safe, heard and empowered to live in joy as their authentic selves. Hayley has experience treating clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and relationship challenges. The therapy process will be unique to who you are and may incorporate practices from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, grounding, mindfulness and somatic techniques, LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy and trauma informed interventions. As a counselor she believes in multicultural and post-modern feminist counseling theories that recognize the impact of systemic barriers that impact individual’s lives and health. Hayley considers empathy, validation and humor as the key to building a strong therapeutic alliance. She has experience working with children, adults and couples. She especially enjoys working with adolescents and transition-aged youth (16-25 years old).

Hayley believes in the mind-body connection and in mindfulness and movement as both a coping and healing practice. Hayley is an engaged member of the Tucson community and an activist for the LGBTQIA+ community, Social Justice, the BIPOC community and Women’s Rights. Hayley advocates for her clients and is committed to building safe communities for all of us.

“To my mind, empathy is in itself a healing agent. It is one of the most potent aspects of therapy, because it releases, it confirms, it brings even the most frightened client into the human race. If a person is understood, he or she [or they] belongs.” -Carl Rogers

Tucker Peck, PhD

Tucker Peck, PhD

Psychologist

Tucker received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Brown University, and he earned his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Over the last 12 years, he has worked with a diverse group of child, teenage, and adult clients across a wide range of settings, both inpatient and outpatient. Tucker uses a client-directed approach, where he and the client collaborate to determine what the therapy process will look like. Among Tucker’s areas of expertise are client-directed therapy, sleep disorders, and mindfulness and meditation.

Tucker also has extensive training as a scientist, and he has studied the ways that meditation affects the brain, both while awake and asleep. He is currently not available to see new patients.

Steve Rosalik

Steve Rosalik

Therapist

Steve is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and meditator with 20 years experience as a public educator and 8 years’ experience as a counseling therapist in community mental healthcare settings. This has given Steve a wealth of experience working with a wide variety of clients.

He began his journey into mental health counseling first as a meditator studying with B. Alan Wallace in 2006. Training and coaching others in meditation several years later, he realized that he would need to know more about mental health and trauma to do this responsibly. After having completed a master’s degree in mental health counseling and psychotherapy in 2015 and clinical coaching with the Arizona Trauma Institute throughout 2016, Steve is now a trainer in trauma-informed methods to behavioral health and medical facilities.

Steve is a highly relational therapist, always sensitive to attunement and connection with others. He uses trauma-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy and is trained in EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Trauma and Tension Release Exercises (TRE) to offer an integrated body/mind approach to healing. Steve sees adolescents, adults and couples.

Wellness SERVICES

Reiki, Biofeedback, HeartMath, Equine Assisted Therapy

Ann Baldwin, PhD

Ann Baldwin, PhD

Physiologist and Wellness Coach

Ann received her undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Bristol, UK and she earned her Masters degree in radiation physics and PhD in physiology from the university of London, UK. Her focus is on helping people reduce the damaging effects of mental and emotional stress (ie. chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression) by using Mindfulness Meditation, Biofeedback, Reiki, Reconnective Healing, Trauma Release Exercises and Equine Therapy.

As a certified HeartMath provider, Ann finds that the HeartMath programs and Biofeedback devices really help her clients manage their stress and improve their relationshiips. She is also a Karuna and Usui Reiki Master and has practiced Reiki on people and animals for the last 15 years. She has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has been a member of several review panels for National INstitues of Health. With her teaching experience and extensive scientific background, Ann can clearly explain how the complementary therapies she uses are beneficial, non-invasive and supported by scientific data. She teaches her clients how to use the therapies so they can take care of themselves.

Exercise and Nutrition Coaching

Nicole Larson

Nicole Larson

Wellness Coach

Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, Nicole Larson has been working in the health and wellness field for over 20 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Exercise and Nutritional Science, Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology and numerous accredited certifications in the field of Nutrition, movement, and exercise.

As a military wife, Nicole has lived throughout the US teaching, training and coaching. Far more than just the workout Nicole believes in the holistic approach and partners with a network of professionals and like minded people called the Healthy Living Revolution. This group of individuals share her passion and mission to serve and inspire others to live a healthy balanced life. Nicole believes in community wellness, community support and education as well as simple solutions to help individuals and their families reach their wellness potential. Starting with small simple changes, lead to habits, and those habits become a healthier lifestyle. “It’s not about being the best, It’s about being better than you were yesterday.”

Art Exploration

Giada Gallo-Quirroz

Giada Gallo-Quirroz

Art Instructor

Giada is a certified Art Instructor with 15 years experience. Additionally, she is a practicing artist herself with a BFA in 2D studio art and has an MA in Art Education and Visual Culture Studies from the University of Arizona. Her High school teaching experiences include: continuing education in trauma Informed pedagogy, culturally relevant pedagogy, LGBTQIA+ inclusivity in the classroom and experience working with students who have cognitive delays and emotional sensitivities. Her teaching experiences range from high school, college and small workshops. Giada’s artistic media include: drawing, painting, relief printmaking and photography. As a practicing artist, Giada incorporates her experiences as an artist into her teaching pedagogy.

Giada offers 1:1 and group art classes as a means to find the healing power of making art.

Examples of incorporation of visual art into one’s wellness include visual journaling, expressive use of media, color and drawing/collaging symbols. Giada’s goal is to help clients build self-awareness and confidence in expression as they create art, enjoy the process and not to judge themselves. Art creation for Giada has personally helped her navigate both trying times and joyous moments in her life’s journey.

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.”
– Georgia O’ Keeffe

ACUPUNCTURE

Sayo Yamaguchi (Blossom Acupuncture)

Sayo Yamaguchi (Blossom Acupuncture)

Acupuncturist

Sayo is a national board certified acupuncturist, trained in China, Japan and New York. She practiced in New York City under several renowned acupuncturists with various styles. Born and raised in Japan, Sayo now focuses on a style of Japanese acupuncture that targets the sympathetic nervous system, adrenal fatigue and hormone imbalances. She also works to calm the nervous system and body’s inflammatory reaction. In practice, this allows Sayo to tap into some of the root causes of anxiety, depression and trauma and their surface-level symptoms such as muscle pain, insomnia, TMJ, IBS, fibromyalgia and more.  Sayo loves practicing acupuncture, and many patients experience healing as a result.

One of Sayo’s favorite quotes from Japan informs her practice: “No matter what you do, do your best, and you will naturally enjoy more.”

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Mikaela Flanagan, ND

Mikaela Flanagan, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Mikaela is a licensed naturopathic physician who works with patients of all ages to address chronic health concerns, integrative mental/emotional health and preventative medicine. She believes deeply in whole-person, individualized health care that focuses on uncovering the root cause of disease and supporting our natural healing ability. Her priority is to hold space for patients to feel heard and to feel empowered in their health decisions.  Her treatment methods emphasize: lifestyle modifications, clinical nutrition, neurofeedback, botanical medicines, homeopathy, and physical medicine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Colorado School of Mines and her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree from National University of Natural Medicine. She has additional training in low-energy neurofeedback system (LENS), pelvic floor therapy and clinical homeopathy. She likes to tell her patients, “We are designed to heal; our job is to figure out how best to support that process.”