Brittaney Benavidez (she/her)
Clinical Coordinator & Intern Therapist
Brittaney is a graduate student completing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Grand Canyon University. Brittaney has specific interest in working with teens and adults who are experiencing Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Trauma, Life Transitions, Relationship Concerns, and other mental health concerns.
Brittaney is trained in Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP) and utilizes treatment techniques from a variety of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Brittaney understands finding a therapist can be challenging. She is passionate to help those of all identities, clients who are new to therapy, or needing extra support. She offers a safe, warm, and non-judgmental space for her clients to heal, grow, and feel empowered to face what life throws our way.
In addition to her work as a clinical intern, Brittaney also works part-time as the clinical coordinator at FYS to assist new clients calling for the first time, answer any questions, connect them with a clinician, and completing intake forms.
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 and an EMDRIA-approved Consultant-in-Training. She is also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Intuitive Eating, and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). In addition to her work as a therapist, Emma greatly values mentoring and teaching students, interns, and associate-level therapists. Emma has taught both graduate and undergraduate classes in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. She is the author of "DBT Skills For Highly Sensitive People," which will be published in July 2023 and is available here.
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.
Sachiko (Sachi) Tate, LMSW (she/her)
We all are given a life to live and wish for it to be without challenges and obstacles, and yet sometimes unpleasant events can happen unexpectedly that could change our world upside down. I want you to know that no life events are trivial and that your story deserves respect and a safe space to be seen, heard, and understood.
I am an EMDR and a level 2 Gottman-trained therapist who utilizes eclectic modalities including mindfulness, parts work, CBT, and DBT. I specialize in working with individuals and couples that are searching for a path to finding a way back to a sense of self, feeling in control, and cultivating a deep, loving relationship where trust, safety, and love exist.
Your courage and willingness to heal is your strength, and you are a gift. I hope to provide you with guidance to help you identify your inner strength and uncover your true potential to rewrite your story so you can find your shine in life!
Vanessa Lishner, LMSW (she/her)
Vanessa is a Licensed Master of Social Work and is able to provide therapy in English and/or Spanish. She specializes in treating children, adolescents and young adults, and works with those struggling with trauma, OCD, anxiety, and relational issues.
She is trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities such as EMDR, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Habit Reversal Training (HRT) for body focused repetitive behaviors such as Trichotillomania or Dermatillomania (hair or skin picking/pulling).
Vanessa understands that therapy can be intimidating or overwhelming and strives to eliminate those worries by providing a safe and laid-back environment. She prioritizes a strengths-based approach and values the therapeutic relationship that is built with clients.
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/attachment, 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 is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). She also 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 is trained in Brainspotting and is currently receiving formal training in Somatic Experiencing through the Somatic Experiencing Institute (SEInternational). Along with these methods she employs an integrative approach utilizing modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), & Person-centeredness in order to help others increase connection to self, resolve symptoms of stress, increase self-compassion, release suffering, identify strengths, and foster strategies towards a more helpful & 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 helping those who are working through 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 general approach is person-centered and strengths-based. Rosa recognizes that you are the expert in your own life; she believes in highlighting and employing your strengths to empower your self-healing. Rosa is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and 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.
Rosa es una Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) y puede dar terapia en ingles y/o español. Ella tiene experiencia ayudando a personas que están sintiendo ansiedad, depresión, dificultades de identidad y autoestima, cambios y ajustes en la vida, y problemas interpersonales. Rosa valora mucho que todas las personas y sus circunstancias son únicas. Con eso en mente, ella emplea un enfoque integral que se adapta a cada cliente y a su perspectiva y experiencia.
Rosa reconoce que el cliente es el experto en su propia vida, y ella intenta resaltar y utilizar las fortalezas de cada persona para empoderar su auto-curación. Rosa tiene entrenamiento en Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) y también utiliza otros métodos como Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, y Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Lo más importante, es que una alianza terapéutica fuerte, segura y sin prejuicios sea la base esencial para el crecimiento y la curación del cliente en la terapia.
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.
Margeaux Edwards, B.S. (she/her)
Clinical Coordinator Intern
As a Clinical Coordinator Intern, Margeaux 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.
Margeaux graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Margeaux is interested in working with people who have experienced trauma and plans to pursue graduate school in the future. In her free time, she enjoys going on nature walks and spending time by the water.
Kari Savoie, MC Intern (she/her)
Kari is a graduate student working toward her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northern Arizona University. She has experience working with young adults navigating concerns such as anxiety, depression, and life transitions.
Kari firmly believes in the power of a therapeutic relationship grounded in empathy, curiosity, and client feedback. Kari tailors her person-centered, strengths-based care according to what each client needs, frequently drawing from Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based interventions, and psychodynamic therapy. Her goal is to create a non-judgmental and inclusive space where each client feels completely heard and eventually leaves counseling with new insights and tools to carry with them.
Chase Nasr, MC Intern (he/him)
Chase is a Master of Counseling student at Arizona State University working under the supervision of Elizabeth Boomer, LCSW. He strives to enhance his clinical and cultural competencies through providing services to clients with a variety of presenting concerns. He has the most experience working with clients facing anxiety, depression, life-transitions, and ASD.
Chase works to help his clients in the here-and-now by tailoring an approach that is fundamentally collaborative and includes elements of person-centered/interpersonal therapy, CBT, and psychodynamic theories among others. He believes that while theoretical understanding helps provide a method for positive change, every client is unique, and great care is taken to cultivate a non-judgmental, safe space in which clients feel heard and understood.
Victoria McPherson, MC Intern (she/her)
Victoria is an intern in her second year of the Master of Counseling program at Arizona State University. She is excited to bring her warm, empathetic, and nonjudgmental approach to the Find Your Shine Therapy team under the guidance of Lisa Boomer, LCSW. Believing self-compassion is paramount, Victoria offers a genuine and inviting space for clients to explore and express themselves. She believes nurturing oneself is the foundation of growth and healing, especially in a hurried and critical world. Influenced by an existential lens, Victoria is fascinated by life's big questions and each individual's unique journey. Understanding one's place in the universe can unlock profound insights, and she's here to walk beside clients as they navigate their life journey.
Victoria connects deeply with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which emphasizes embracing challenges rather than eliminating them. Through ACT, she guides clients to befriend their own experiences, fostering self-compassion and growth while shaping paths toward a more fulfilling and authentic life. Victoria welcomes clients from various backgrounds, cultures, and identities; she values creating a space where everyone's story is respected and celebrated.