Brittaney Benavidez (she/her)
As our Clinical Coordinator, Brittaney supports clients that are calling for the first time, answers any questions, connects clients with a Find Your Shine clinician, and assists with completing intake forms.
Brittaney holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and is currently a graduate student at Grand Canyon University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Brittaney aspires to be a therapist some day and is interested in working with those who have experienced grief and loss. She enjoys the outdoors, tending to the Find Your Shine plants, and spending time with friends and family.
Jaime Castillo, LCSW (she/her)
Founder & Clinical Director
Jaime is the founder of Find Your Shine and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of trauma and anxiety disorders. She is a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDRIA- Approved Consultant and a Certified Exposure and Response Prevention (ExRP) Therapist. She enjoys working with adults experiencing PTSD, OCD, Phobias, and Generalized Anxiety.
Jaime obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University, where her work was published in the Advances in Social Work Journal. Jaime graduated at the top of her class with high distinction.
Jaime has been featured for her mental health expertise in The AZ Republic, Inverse Journal, The Verge online publication, Popsugar, and Channel Kindness, a project of Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. She was named a Top Inspiring Phoenix Professional in Phoenix Voyage Magazine in 2018, and was a speaker at the 2020 Global Resiliency Summit alongside world-renowned mental health professionals. She is the author of "What Happened to Make you Anxious? (available here!) a self-help book published by New Harbinger in 2022.
In addition to her clinical work, Jaime enjoys her work as a clinical supervisor, providing oversight and training to associate level therapists and interns. She believes the most impactful way to provide far-reaching, high quality care is to train therapists to be compassionate and competent trauma-informed providers.
Emma Lauer, LCSW (she/her)
Therapist & Clinical Supervisor
Emma is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose professional experience includes helping children and adults overcome anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harming behaviors, childhood trauma, and difficult life transitions. Emma particularly enjoys helping people overcome eating and body image issues.
Emma’s approach is compassionate, professional, person-centered, and strengths-based. Emma believes that therapy is for everyone and that every person deserves the opportunity to reach their goals and feel their best.
Emma is a Certified EMDR Therapist. She also uses techniques from therapeutic modalities such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Intuitive Eating, and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT). In addition to her work as a therapist, Emma greatly values mentoring and teaching students and associate-level therapists. Emma taught at Arizona State University before taking a break to write her new book, which is set to be published by New Harbinger in Spring 2023.
Elizabeth (Lisa) Boomer, LCSW (she/her)
Therapist & Clinical Supervisor
Elizabeth, who goes by “Lisa”, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, pleased to offer online therapy throughout the state of Arizona for those who are either unable to commute to our offices in Tempe or who prefer the flexibility and convenience that online therapy has to offer. The majority of her professional experience includes working with adults coping with life transitions, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma and abuse, sexual exploitation and trafficking, sexual assault, posttraumatic stress.
Lisa’s approach is founded in values of compassion, professionalism, non-judgment, strengths, and genuine regard. She is trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Mindfulness-based interventions.
Lisa enjoys helping others learn more about and understand their internal relationships. For example, when there feels like an “internal battle” happening or when “a part of me wants to change, but another part of me is scared to change.” Lisa believes if we can understand more about our internal experiences we can engage in our relationships with others in a more compassionate way. All to have the lives and relationships we desire.
Nikki Libby, LPC (she/her)
Therapist & Intern Supervisor
Nikki is a Licensed Professional Counselor whose professional experience includes working with individuals who have experienced Trauma/PTSD, OCD, and Anxiety Disorders. Nikki believes providing a relatable, genuine, and non-judgmental space for you to be you, cultivates a safe place for change and growth to occur.
Nikki’s approach to therapy is unique in that it is tailored to fit you, your needs, and your goals, while providing a warm and non-judgmental space for you to explore the complexities of your life. Nikki is trained in EMDR, Exposure and Response Prevention (ExRP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-based interventions.
Brenna Peck, LPC (she/her)
Brenna is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has experience in working with trauma, anxiety, depression, parenting, relationships, and various adjustments. She provides individual and family therapy to children and adults.
Brenna uses an empathetic, non judgmental, and sincere approach to build rapport which she believes is key in the therapeutic process. She believes in helping clients to build insight into themselves, understand unhealthy patterns, and discover root causes to their challenges. She uses techniques from a variety of therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Brainspotting.
Sachiko (Sachi) Tate, LMSW (she/her)
Sachi is a Licensed Master Social Worker who specializes in working with people experiencing Anxiety, Depression, codependency, attachment issues, relationship struggles and life transitions due to loss of relationships (divorce/breakups).
Sachi enjoys helping clients pave a path to a life they desire by discovering their values, worthiness and potential. She holds a strong belief that everyone possesses innate ability to get unstuck from emotional pain and suffering, reconnect with self, and find meaning in life. She values her relationships with clients and listens without judgment, offers her empathy and compassion, and provides a safe place for clients to be vulnerable.
Vanessa Lishner, LMSW (she/her)
Vanessa is a Licensed Master of Social Work. She specializes in treating adolescents and young adults, and works with those overcoming Trauma, OCD, Depression, Anxiety, relationships/attachments, and self-esteem. She uses a variety of therapeutic modalities such as EMDR, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing. Vanessa is able to provide therapy in both English and Spanish.
Vanessa understands that therapy can be intimidating and overwhelming and strives to eliminate those worries by providing a safe and laid-back environment. She uses a strengths-based approach and values the therapeutic relationship that is built with clients. Her goal is to support and empower those on their journey to becoming their best self.
Madison (Maddy) Lynch, LAC (she/her)
Madison, who goes by “Maddy,” is a Licensed Associate Counselor whose professional experience includes working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, domestic violence, and various life transitions.
Maddy believes everyone is unique and aims to create a therapeutic space personalized for each client. She places high importance on creating a warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental environment for all. Maddy utilizes treatment techniques from a variety of modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Mindfulness-based interventions. She hopes to empower her clients to increase self-awareness and foster self-resilience so they can live their best life.
Tianna Matthews, LAC (she/her)
Tianna is a Licensed Associate Counselor who has experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety disorders, self-esteem & relationship issues. She employs a holistic approach and values examining intersecting identities in order to help increase self-awareness within social systems, core-beliefs, and various factors affecting emotional well-being.
Tianna employs an integrative approach to therapy utilizing modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), & Person-centeredness in order to help others identify their strengths and new strategies to foster a more helpful and balanced lifestyle. She believes the client is the expert of their life and creates a supportive space for individuals to communicate their phenomenological experiences.
Rosa Batista, LAC (she/her)
Rosa is a Licensed Associate Counselor who can provide therapy in English and/or Spanish. Rosa has experience working with anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues, trauma, and life transitions and adjustments. She values that you and your circumstances are unique. As such, Rosa employs an integrative approach that adapts to your needs.
Her approach is person-centered and strengths-based; Rosa recognizes that the client is the expert in their own life and she highlights and employs client strengths to empower their self-healing. Rosa uses techniques from various modalities such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Most importantly, Rosa believes that a safe, nonjudgmental, and genuine therapeutic alliance is the essential foundation for client growth and healing in therapy.
Amanda Bull, LAC (she/her)
Amanda is a Licensed Associate Counselor who specializes in working with adolescents and young adults struggling with OCD, trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, life transitions, and self-esteem concerns.
Amanda’s approach to therapy includes promoting a safe therapeutic space by providing every client with a warm, compassionate, non-judgmental and supportive environment. Amanda is trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). She also uses an integration of treatment modalities, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Person-Centered therapeutic techniques to provide support and empowerment to individuals throughout their healing journeys. Amanda currently offers therapy both in person and online for individuals in the state of Arizona.
Gabriella (Gabby) Abbadessa, B.A. (she/her)
Clinical Coordinator Intern
As our clinical coordinator intern, Gabriella, who goes by "Gabby", supports our clinical coordinator Brittaney in answering phone calls, scheduling client appointments, and being a friendly face to those visiting Find Your Shine.
Gabby holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and has plans of returning to school to obtain her Masters in Counseling. She aspires to be a therapist some day and is interested in working with individuals who have experienced eating disorders and anxiety related disorders. In Gabby’s free time you can find her practicing yoga, running, and hanging out with friends and family.
Lora Plohal (she/her)
Lora is a graduate student completing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from GCU. She has experience working with children, teenagers, and adults through her professional experience in special education and chronic pain management.
Lora brings comfort and ease to the therapeutic process by showing up as a genuine person with deep care and appreciation for each client she has the honor of serving. She customizes her care to meet each client’s unique needs, frequently incorporating elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), among other approaches. Her goal is to provide a warm, safe, and accepting environment where clients can feel heard, understood, and supported.
Jasmin Cartagena (she/her)
Jasmin is a graduate student currently completing her Master’s in Social Work at ASU. She has professional experience working mainly with adult women to overcome life obstacles in order to obtain self-sufficiency. She has also provided education and support to teenagers and adults as they navigate parenting.
Jasmin focuses on utilizing a strength-based and client-centered approach to help clients feel empowered in their life journeys. She hopes to provide a safe space for all clients to feel as though they are being heard, respected, and cared for during their time with her.
Jae Oliver (she/her)
Jae is a graduate student pursuing her Master’s in Social Work at Arizona State University. She has experience working with young adults struggling with anxiety and depression and older populations who have experienced various hardships. Jae aims to create a welcoming, supportive environment for each client she works with by demonstrating authenticity, compassion, and empathy. She looks forward to utilizing strength-based perspectives and CBT and DBT approaches to provide care that caters to every individual she comes across. She hopes to help clients gain meaningful, sufficient tools and strategies to unlock their inner strengths and ultimately find their shine.
Fiona Van Zandt (she/her)
Clinical Coordinator Intern
Fiona is an intern who will receive her BA in Social Work from ASU in May of 2023. Fiona is one of the first faces you will see in our office and she will provide you with all of the pertinent information to get you started in the counseling process. She has extensive experience in client facing roles and engages with our clients with compassion, kindness, and empathy. Fiona has also proven to have expertise in helping match clients with relevant community resources.