Clinical Services

Giving you the proper help you deserve

Our Clinicians

Our clinicians offer a wide variety of professional and personalized services for people of all ages and genders. Whether you’re struggling with depression, anxious about life changes or relationships, or dealing with trauma, you deserve someone who can truly listen and understand—our therapists are here to help!

All our clinicians are trauma trained and can offer other services such as:

  • Family therapy
  • Assessments/treatment planning
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling​
  • Traditional/cultural practices

Our Partners

Health insurances we work with! If you do not see your provider, you can always reach out to us to confirm.

Tempe, AZ

Josh Mehdikhan

Clinical Supervisor (LPC)

Josh is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who provides person-centered individual/family group therapy to youth and adults. Josh is also a board approved clinical supervisor with AZBBHE. Josh is certified in Trauma Focused CBT and has experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, and working with young adults as they transition into the next part of their lives. Josh specializes in geek and gaming culture, incorporating different tools to help meet their treatment goals and build rapport with clients. Josh provides strengths-based treatment for this population from a place of understanding and support. Josh looks to utilize creativity and exploration in the work that he does.

Josh’s approach is person-centered and focuses on the exploration of what is important to clients and helping them explore where they are and where they want to go in their lives. Josh focuses on changing the relationship that clients have with their experiences and empowering them to reach the goals and dreams that clients have for themselves. 
Be who you are and say what you feel. Because, those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind~ Dr. Seuss

Rachel Lambert


Rachel Lambert is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been practicing since 2018. Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in family studies and human development from the University of Arizona and received a master’s degree at Grand Canyon University in professional counseling.

Rachel specializes in working with children from Birth to Five years of age and their families. She enjoys working with school-age children, too. Rachel has extensive knowledge of the Arizona Child Welfare system and working with foster children, both community and kinship foster families.

Rachel works to promote a safe therapeutic space by providing every client with a warm, compassionate, non-judgmental, and supportive environment. Her approach is family-centered and strength-based. Rachel believes the client and family are the experts on their own life and employs client strengths to empower their self-healing.

Rachel is training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Heart Math, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), utilizing play to assist with communication and healing. Rachel is also a firm believer in working on the family system and providing families with psychoeducation.

Leo Shadid


Leo Shadid is a licensed therapist with a B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University and an M.A. in Professional Counseling from Ottawa University with a concentration in trauma, abuse, and deprivation. Additionally, Leo is currently a certified specialist in individual Trauma counseling. He is bilingual (English/Arabic) and believes that his international background helps him relate to diverse populations. He specializes in working with youths and adults and utilizes the client’s strengths to inform his practice.

Leo operates from a person-centered modality that combines cognitive behavioral therapy and a psychodynamic-interpersonal approach to help provide a holistic and cathartic experience. That is to say that he tailors his approach to fit the unique needs of every one of his clients. In his free time, Leo likes to read, play sports, lift weights, and spend time with family and friends.

Chandler, AZ

Dante Thompson

Clinical Director (MSW)

Dante is a Master Level Social Worker who has been working in the field since 2015. His professional experience has been primarily in residential settings. He has worked with at-risk youth ages 12-18 with the intent to transition them back into the community.

Dante utilizes various approaches with his clients to help them reach their individualized goals. Some approaches he uses are Solution focused therapy (SBT) and Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). He works well with adolescents and young adults aging from 15 and up that have current struggles with substance use, anxiety, aggression, grief, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and multicultural backgrounds.

I am from Colorado and moved here in 2013 to complete my masters in social work at ASU.

Joshua Root


Josh Root has earned his Master’s in Social Work adult behavioral health advanced direct practice from Arizona State University. Josh is currently licensed at an associate level through the board of behavioral health and certified. Josh’s prior experience at NHCC was as a program therapist in a psychiatric hospital’s rapid stabilization/psychiatric intensive care units. In conjunction, Josh continues to teach at Grand Canyon University as an adjunct professor of sociology.
Josh enjoys writing college cultural competency classes at the junior college level and believes this helps him work with various diverse populations.

Josh enjoys implementing evidence-based practices such as CBT and MBSR to address and regulate common and uncommon issues that the community he serves may be facing.

Marlisa Rader


Marlisa Rader, LAMFT, earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University in Kansas. She has been licensed in Arizona for ten years and is currently working toward independent licensure. Marlisa has experience working with couples, families, children, and adults through a trauma-informed lens and believes that every person has the potential to live a happy and healthy life, despite past and present challenges. Marlisa is certified in Trauma, White Bison Wellbriety, and Strengthening Families.

Marlisa has helped several individuals and families address relational conflict, grief and loss, substance abuse, trauma, depression and anxiety, and other difficult life transitions. She utilizes a systemic approach with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and values the therapeutic relationship above all interventions. Marlisa is supportive, non-judgmental, and culturally sensitive while promoting self-reflection and awareness. She aims to make the therapeutic process both beneficial and enjoyable.

Misty Romney


Misty Romney LAC, received her Master of Science in Professional Counseling through Grand Canyon University. Upon completion of her Master’s degree, Misty was trained in trauma and has obtained a certificate as a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist for individuals (CCTS-I). Misty’s areas of focus include working with children, adolescents, and adults who experience anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and various types of trauma.

As a compassionate person, Misty makes it a priority to listen, understand, and empathize with clients. She is dedicated to helping others recognize and develop their full potential by incorporating a motivational approach that instills hope as well as inspires personal exploration and growth. Her primary objective is to provide clients with skills and techniques that can be applied in everyday life. She respects and values the immense worth of each individual, acknowledging their strengths and capabilities that help them reach their goals.

Ashlee Peterhans


Ashlee Peterhans received her Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University and holds an LMSW in Arizona and a certificate as a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist. At New Horizon Community Care, she provides individualized, group, and family counseling for children and adolescents to reduce high-risk behaviors in the home and community. Her experience has primarily been with those dealing with trauma disorders, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief, and self-injurious behaviors.

Ashlee additionally has a history of working with diverse client populations, including counseling women with substance use, domestic violence, and homelessness, and building skills in-home with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Ashlee also received a Bachelor of Biological Sciences and a Bachelor of Anthropology, which has provided her with a helpful understanding of the impact of physical health on psychological wellness, as well as the importance of cultural considerations on a micro-level and macro-level.

Incorporating elements of fun into treatment is Ashlee’s passion while working with individuals. She uses art, music, and play therapy approaches as vehicles of healthy emotional expression. Ashlee also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and trauma therapy approaches in her practice to allow clients to develop emotional regulation strategies, decrease symptoms of trauma, and gain a sense of self-compassion. The therapeutic relationship is of the utmost importance to her to provide a safe environment for the therapeutic journey. Being person-centered and strengths-focused is essential to her practice.

Shannon Martin


Shannon Martin holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University and is a Licensed Master Social Worker in Arizona. Shannon utilizes a strength-based approach integrating both CBT and motivational interviewing into her work with clients providing individual, group, and family therapy. Shannon has worked in behavioral health for several years providing advocacy, support, and empowerment to various populations struggling with PTSD, substance abuse, SMI, anxiety, depression, and more recently, sexually maladaptive behaviors. Shannon’s professional expertise includes working with adolescents who have experienced trauma, substance use, and SMI. Shannon believes that family and natural support involvement is a vital role in an individual’s treatment process. Shannon also believes that providing an authentic, safe, and non-judgmental environment for clients fosters healthy change.

In her free time, Shannon enjoys being outdoors, reading, spending time with friends and family, and playing with her husky-pup, Sadie!

Maria Lourdes Peralta


Maria Lourdes Peralta received her Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University and obtains an ACSW in the state of California. Maria holds a certificate as a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, EMDR Certified. She is bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English, and fortunate to serve the Hispanic population at New Horizon Community Care. Maria has provided counseling to children, adolescents, and adults. Her experience has been working with people facing challenges for Depression, Anxiety, Autism, ADHD, Trauma, Anger management, Substance use, and the Serious Mental Illness (SMI) population.

Maria has served individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities (Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disability, and Epilepsy), providing support, identifying needs, offering resources of services, monitoring progress from services, placement schools, and visiting the home. Maria had her own challenges as a child. As a 1-year-old, she contracted the Poliovirus and had close living encounters with other handicapped children. Maria’s motivation to help others was from her own experience and resilience. She is culturally competent, empathetic, and willing to go the extra mile to make a difference in an individual.

The modalities Maria puts into practice are Trauma Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, EMDR, art, and music. Utilizing a strengths perspective and empowering an individual are included within any modalities. Coping skills, daily living skills, and triggers are some of the strategies she utilizes during sessions. Maria believes in meeting an individual’s needs based on their comfort level and meeting them where they are at. One of her strategies is for a person to feel comfortable enough to engage in therapy and make the journey as pleasant as it can be. Maria enjoys her profession and continues to grow her education to offer up-to-date therapy to families, children, adolescents, and adults. Maria is looking forward to making a positive difference in the mental health field and quality of life for an individual.

Ana Clemente Taylor


Ana Clemente Taylor earned her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University and obtains an associate level licensure in Arizona. Ana enjoys working with older children, adolescents, adults, and families struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, relationship challenges, self-concept, and various challenges of life. She utilizes different strengths-based approaches to promote growth and self-love. Ana’s goal is to foster a safe space for all of her clients to process and take control of their challenges to live their best life.

TaKira Jackson


Phoenix, AZ

Nancy Chaprro


Nancy Chaprro is a Licensed Professional Therapist and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University. Go Aggies! She is currently working towards obtaining her License in Clinical Social Work. She has over 25 years of experience working in State and Federal entities. She has worked with populations ranging from high-risk adolescents, severely mentally ill adults, active military to veterans. As a therapist, Nancy is passionate about helping her clients foster self-awareness and gain insight into their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Nancy has been utilizing skills from treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Trauma Therapy, and Thought Field Therapy. Outside of the clinical world, Nancy enjoys playing women’s football and has a keen interest in kickboxing.

Karla Perez-Cordero


Mackenzy Barnfield


Mackenzy Barnfield is a Master’s level clinician and working towards getting her associate licensure. Mackenzy received her Master’s in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage in Family Therapy from Grand Canyon University. She is passionate about working with today’s youth who may be experiencing low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, anger, or other challenging emotions, as well as working with their families.

Mackenzy believes in keeping a judgment-free, safe and fun environment for her clients by using play therapy, art, motivational interviewing, CBT strategies, and including psychoeducation. Mackenzy is passionate about being able to help others and provide them with the tools that they need to succeed.

Sarah Heinzl


Sarah Heinzl is a Licensed Associate Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with a Master’s degree in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling. She is pursuing her Doctorate in Behavioral Health (Clinical) at Arizona State University. Sarah has experience working with an array of individuals including high-risk youth, LGBTQ+ communities, and diverse populations. She believes in empowering others to improve their lives by utilizing a self-initiative approach.

Sarah uses a variety of modalities based on an individual’s strengths and identified needs. Everyone is at a different stage for change therefore therapy must be tailored to where the individual is at.

Sarah utilizes collaboration and a whole-person approach to therapy. Therapy is a collaboration between the individual and therapist in order to identify goals and barriers to achieving them. Once identified, it is important to integrate a holistic approach that can decrease barriers, empower the individual, and ultimately support them in achieving their goals.

Michael Beloit



Allison MacDonald

Clinical Director (MS, LISAC, CCTS-A)

Allison MacDonald, LISAC, CCST-A received her Master of Science degree in Addiction Counseling through Grand Canyon University. Allison has obtained a certificate as a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist for Addiction. Allison utilizes these skills to help individuals work through past traumatic events that may still be affecting them regularly. Allison is originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada but has lived in Arizona for the past 23 years.

Allison works well with anyone facing substance use issues, as well as those working through the issues that so often are created from substance use. She has worked with varying ages and backgrounds: adolescents, people with criminal justice involvement, and also clients new to therapy. Allison is committed to working with all individuals and is an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community. Her focus is to plant a seed of hope and possibility!

Allison believes that all clients have the potential to grow from their current situation. She believes in helping those that seek assistance. Allison believes that having a safe and supportive space can be an element of change in others. She believes that her role in the process is to nurture new growth, however big or small!

Ja'Lisa Powell


Ja’Lisa Powell, LAC earned her Masters of Science in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Trauma from Grand Canyon University. Ja’Lisa is currently licensed as an Associate Counselor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health, she is also certified as a clinical trauma specialist. Ja’Lisa is passionate about working with youth who may be experiencing symptoms associated with trauma, depression, anxiety, high stress, and other challenging emotions and behaviors. Ja’Lisa’s area of interest is the impact of social media on self-esteem and racial trauma.

Ja’Lisa specializes in working with survivors of trauma and abuse. She is committed to meeting youth where they are and working with them at their own pace. Ja’Lisa utilizes Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (SBT), and other approaches that best fit the individual needs of clients. Her goal is to provide a safe space for you to feel heard and supported during the therapeutic process.

Courtney Palama


Courtney Palama is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and graduated with a BSSW and an MSW from The Ohio State University. Courtney’s emphasis is in Child and Youth Services, and she has been working with children, young adults, and their families in various capacities for over a decade. She specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community and has experience working with survivors of domestic violence. Courtney is equipped to work with individuals and families dealing with trauma, grief and loss, attachment disorders, and mood and personality disorders.

Courtney creates a collaborative, inclusive therapeutic environment and often uses a variety of modalities based on the needs of the client. She utilizes a person-in-environment approach throughout her work and is comfortable adapting to the needs and goals of her clients. Courtney particularly enjoys utilizing art as part of the therapeutic process.

Denise Monterroso


Denise Monterroso is a bilingual licensed associate marriage and family therapist. Denise provides therapy services in English and Spanish. She graduated with a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology and a specialization in Marriage and Family therapy from Mount St. Mary’s University, located in Los Angeles, CA.

Denise has experience working with children (nine years of age and older), adolescents, and adults. Denise incorporates a mixture of modalities and tailors it to the client’s needs. She believes in utilizing the strengths clients possess in order to assist them in improving their lives. Denise believes it does not matter how long it takes to reach a destination—what matters is trying, and when Denise is not on the clock, she enjoys spending time with her dog and family.

Nate Brewer


Nate Brewer is a Master’s level clinician with New Horizon Community Care. Nate spent 18 years working with youth and families in various capacities in Arizona, North Carolina, and California. Through his commitment to working with this population, he was encouraged to continue his education to better meet the emotional needs of the people he was serving.

Nate graduated with his Master’s Degree in Profession Counseling from Grand Canyon University. He aspires to help individuals confront current life stressors, past trauma, and relationship struggles, by providing a safe and open environment, while providing psychoeducation and coping skills tailored to individual treatment. Nate believes that his life’s purpose is to help others and is grateful that is allowed that opportunity every day.

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