Michelle Ellis, PhD – Psychologist/Director
Michelle is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist. She has over 25 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 specialities include couples and family therapy, 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!!” Michelle can be reached at 520.425.3456.
Tucker Peck, PhD – Psychologist/Director
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. Tucker can be reached at 520.918.2020.
Jeffrey B Harvey, LPC, LISAC – Therapist
Jeff is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor and Somatic Experience Practitioner. In 2000 he transitioned from corporate information management into the clinical health setting earning a Masters Degree in Counseling. He has worked in the field as a case manager, substance abuse counselor, hospital emergency room evaluator, utilization reviewer, an inpatient therapist and then more recently as trauma therapist at the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault. He specializes in working with folks who have experienced sexual trauma. He uses his Somatic Experiencing training and diverse background to assist clients gain new perspectives on their life circumstances. He has strong spiritual practices, yet believes each person has their own unique path. He encourages them to find what works. Jeff can be reached at 520.318.5522.
Susan Hayes, LPC – Therapist
A Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona, I have earned a Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters of Education in Counseling from Virginia Tech. Former owner of a film production company in Atlanta, I left a career in the arts to pursue a goal: finding a way to heal from trauma and loss. Intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which offers tools for mindfulness and emotional regulation, I am also an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapist and have found it very helpful in healing trauma. Having received Mindfulness training from Dr. Marsha Linehan, creator of DBT, and Dr. Mark Pirtle of Skillfully Aware, I regularly use these tools with my clients. I have worked at in-patient and out-patient settings and implemented the first DBT program in a community health clinic and trained staff at non-profit facilities. Having traveled the path of the Wounded Healer, I fully believe that we can all heal. Among my specialties are treating anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, and dysfunctional family of origin issues. Susan can be reached at 520 345-0511.
Adam Lovallo, LPC – Therapist
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, my job is to help you to weather adversity in your life by providing you with a safe place to discover and embrace your true authentic self which in turn helps to improve your relationship with others as well as with yourself. I can help you achieve this by providing you with honest direct feedback coupled with an unconditional positive regard and encouragement. In therapy I will also help you to understand how your thoughts affect your feelings which in turn affect your behavior. I have extensive experience as an individual therapist. I specialize in individual counseling, with experience working with: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, bereavement, LGBT, substance abuse and process addictions. Please give me a call at 520.615.9571.
Dan Newman, LPC – Therapist
Dan is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a background and life experiences that have given him a unique perspective as a Mental Health Counselor. After 25 years as a police officer, he has 23 years of clinical experience working with first responders all over the country as well as the general population. Trauma is at the core of many maladaptive behaviors for which people seek help. Traffic accidents, job loss, addictions, infidelity, any sudden, painful loss – are but a few of the events that can continue to impact our lives today. Painful childhood experiences such as molestation, being bullied, divorce of parents, etc., can leave us with beliefs about the world and about ourselves that create maladaptive behaviors rooted in how we felt and how we coped with those things so many years ago. Dan’s approach to therapy is based upon three basic models: Gestalt, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and IFS (Internal Family Systems). Powerful and effective tools to address hidden motivations for self-limiting or even destructive behaviors. Dan can be reached at 520.400.4507.
Sigal Nadler, LPC – Therapist
Sigal is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Sigal offers a safe and comforting environment to assist you in developing strength and resilience through building internal resources of safety, power, and control. Sigal has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of presenting concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, relationship difficulties, and adjustment to major life events. Sigal believes in an individual’s desire and capacity to change and improve. She believes the path to healing is unique to each person and her aim is to provide a safe and nurturing place for you while you embrace your journey. Sigal can be reached at 520-247-7794.
Paul Nockels, PhD – Therapist & Postdoctoral Fellow
Paul received his undergraduate and two graduate degrees from Northern Arizona University, and has worked extensively in diverse areas of mental health services, including disability support, mood and anxiety disorders, pain management, substance abuse, and issues affecting folks with serious mental health concerns. At Palo Santo, he is a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. David Usndek. “I don’t believe in using the phrase “mental illness”, because I believe a healthy human experience involves using one’s inner skills, as well as interpersonal and community-based methods for achieving a level of mental health that you will find satisfying. I focus a lot on intentions in relationships, insights about where you came from and where you are going, behavioral patterns, mind-body dynamics, and what motivates you towards real changes in your lifestyle. I think a future focus is a healthy way to live life, and if I can help you get to a place where you feel better than where you started, then please call me at (520) 491-0689.
Jack Prohaska, LCSW – Therapist
Jack has thirty years experience working with children and families. His primary approaches are Strategic Family therapy, Solution Focused therapy and Systemic Family Therapy. In these approaches to change, the context in which problems occur is frequently as important as the problem itself. “People generally don’t have problems in a vacuum. They involve other people and situations that must be included in any lasting solution.” He enjoys working with parents who have difficult situations with their kids and he frequently uses the techniques of Love and Logic to facilitate change. Over the years Jack has worked in mental health agencies, adolescent day treatment, acute psychiatric facilities and private practice. Jack is a board certified clinical supervisor. You can reach him at 520.250.4802.
David Usndek, PsyD – Psychologist
David has been a licensed psychologist and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Illinois since 2007. He is now licensed as a psychologist in Arizona and has worked with numerous clients and issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, chronic illness, LGBT issues, and dual diagnosis disorders to name a few. David enjoys working with chronic issues as well as adults going through a major stressor or major life change. ‘My goal is to have you feel understood and to understand yourself more fully and empathically. Therapy is all about healing. I find that I am drawn to working with people who are struggling with life on many levels. I especially work well with those suffering from depression, low self-esteem, traumatic issues, and compulsive behaviors. I specialize in diversity and have worked with numerous groups of people’. As someone trained in community mental health, David has become comfortable with most issues and situations. “Even though I may have “heard it before”, you are different from everyone else and my goal is to be with you on your path to self-discovery”. David can be reached at 773-450-8049.
Julie Weiner-Dabda, MC, LPC – Therapist
Julie is a Licensed Professional Counselor, (LPC) and a board certified Clinical Supervisor. She has over 10 years of extensive experience as an individual and family therapist working with adolescents, and adults in both public, and private settings. She specializes in individual and couples counseling, adolescent therapy and teenage challenges, family therapy, parent-child relationship struggles, and adolescent substance abuse. Julie has also worked for many years providing clinical supervision to both counseling students and associated level professionals.
Julie believes that…. “Nothing Is Impossible…. Especially Change! It’s all about your willingness and motivation to make the difference in your world, and she can assist in providing the tools to make that happen. Julie can be reached at 520.661.6718.