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 a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with people who have experienced Trauma/PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Phobias, and other emotional disturbances. Jaime believes it is never too early or too late to seek help, and she enjoys working with both adolescents and adults.
Jaime is easy going, relatable and genuine in her approach to providing care to clients. She is person-centered and meets people with warmth, empathy and non judgement. She is EMDR Certified and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in Training. She has additional training in Exposure and Response Prevention, Sand Tray Therapy and Internal Family Systems Therapy.
Emma Lauer, LCSW (she/her)
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 offers a wide variety of treatment approaches and is trained in EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness-based interventions.
Elizabeth Leary, LCSW (she/her)
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), 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.
Mindy Shepherd, LMSW (she/they)
Therapist & Certified Yoga Instructor
Mindy is a Licensed Master of Social Work Clinician who specializes in treating PTSD and anxiety related disorders. She works within an inter-sectional and anti-oppression framework as an LGBQIA+ and Trans/Non-Binary Affirming Therapist. She approaches counseling with a deep empathy and belief in the power of your strengths and teaches self-compassion.
The majority of Mindy’s professional experience has been working with individuals who have experienced domestic violence, sexual trauma and military related trauma. Her counseling style is accepting, sincere and validating. She has experience treating both children and adults, as well as LGBTQIA+ couples. Mindy makes it a priority to create a safe, inclusive environment for people of all walks of life. This includes: body size/shape, gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. As an affirming professional, she values feedback and transparency from others.
Nikki Libby, LAC (she/her)
Nikki is a Licensed Associate 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 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, Exposure Response Prevention, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-based interventions.
Shereen Breuer, LCSW (she/her)
Shereen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose professional experience includes supporting the healing of adults experiencing depression, anxiety, life transitions, domestic violence, sexual trauma and developmental trauma. She is warm, compassionate and non-judgmental.
Sessions with Shereen are integrated, specialized and nuanced. Her approach is informed by several therapeutic modalities such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness-based Interventions, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Rogerian and Organic Intelligence (OI).
Her hope is for individuals to feel better and gain a felt sense of their inherent value and goodness. Shereen is available to support those who desire to live wholeheartedly.
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.
Liesl Lang, LPC (she/her)
Liesl is a Licensed Professional Counselor and member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She partners with local fertility clinics and provides consultations for intended parent recipients of egg, sperm, and embryo donation. These one-time counseling sessions are an opportunity for recipients to explore emotions around third party reproduction, receive education, and discuss concerns, in order to feel more informed and confident as they approach their journey to parenthood.
Liesl is genuine, compassionate, and nonjudgmental. She believes in the innate capacity of individuals and couples to thrive when given the right compassion, tools, and support.
Mel Rhoden, CYT (she/her)
Certified Yoga Instructor
Mel is a certified Yoga Teacher who specializes in Yoga Nidra, a yogic sleep based meditation. A yoga practice of awareness at the deepest level of relaxation. This breath, body and awareness technique is known to unlock self-destructive habits and behavior patterns such as stress, trauma, depression, anxiety and insomnia.
Mel provides a safe and sacred spiritual space for clients to show up as their true authentic selves. She believes that given the right tools, resources and support, individuals can go from surviving to thriving. She believes that they can become more self aware; increasing their ability to manage and regulate emotions, leading to mind, body and soul alignment.
Tianna Matthews (she/her)
Tianna is a second-year graduate student with Arizona State University completing her Master of Counseling. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology, and has experience working with people who have experienced depression, anxiety, family conflict, and various traumas. She aspires to become a counseling psychologist to continue her work and to increase representation within the field.
Tianna values the importance of conceptualizing clients within a holistic framework by examining their intersecting identities, as she believes all parts are integral. She utilizes this process to help clients increase self-awareness within social systems, core-beliefs, and thoughts that may affect their emotional well-being. Her goal is to assist clients in identifying their strengths and new strategies that will help foster a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She believes the client is the expert on their life and creates a warm & supportive space that allows individuals to convey their phenomenological experience. Tianna employs an integrative approach to counseling that is adaptable to best suit the needs of the client.
Tori Davis (she/her)
Tori is a graduate student at University of Nevada, Reno in the Master’s of Social Work program. She has experience working with adolescents in a group home setting to develop skills before adulthood as well working with children who experienced trauma to build a strong relationship between the caregiver/family and child.
During practice, Tori strives to provide a safe and supportive environment for all. She is open-minded and welcoming.
Outside of the therapy office, Tori enjoys staying active, traveling to new places, and spending time with her loved ones.
Madison (Maddy) Lynch (she/her)
Maddy is a graduate student at Arizona State University completing her second year of the Master of Counseling program. After graduating, she intends on becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her experience includes working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, marital issues, domestic violence, and trauma.
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. She aims to help clients increase self-awareness through processing and understanding the cause of intrusive thoughts and emotions. Additionally, she believes in empowering clients to reach their goals by fostering self-resilience.
Maddy is excited to be a part of the Find Your Shine team and help clients become their best selves.
Sachiko Tate (she/her)
Sachiko is a second-year master student in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. Sachiko holds an associate degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Sachiko has spent the last 6 years gaining professional experiences and developing knowledge and skills around parenting, child development, childhood trauma, attachment, substance abuse, bereavement and loss, and medical and mental health care for seniors.
Sachiko 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. Sachiko’s interests include working with self-esteem, body image, relationships, attachment (in both romantic and parent-child relationships), and addictions due to past trauma. She hopes to provide clients with the guidance to help them identify their strength and courage to rewrite their stories so they can find their shine in life.
Vanessa Lishner (she/her)
Vanessa is a masters level clinical intern from Arizona State University. She has experience working with people who have experienced trauma, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, and other emotional distress.
Vanessa enjoys working with adolescents and young adults. She believes in creating a safe environment for clients through a strengths based perspective. Vanessa strives to support those on their journey to becoming their best self.