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Hi, I'm Danielle!

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*I currently do not have any availability. Email to be put on waitlist.*

I'm the founder of Arizona Connections Play Therapy! I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Supervisor in the beautiful state of Arizona as well as an approved consultant for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

I am trained in a specific play therapy called Theraplay®, which is an evidence- based practice that focuses on the attachment within the caregiver- child relationship. Kids learn who they are through their primary relationships in their lives. With one adult and one child, sessions involve a variety of structured games, engaging and challenging interactions, and nurturing moments to help caregivers understand their child’s thoughts, feelings, and actions on a more intimate level. Caregivers are the experts of their children, so I expect that they will be taking what is done in session and start implementing activities, vocabulary, strategies, and more into their home. It is common that I also see siblings and facilitate family therapy as well see the parents in their own individual work. I am also trained in utilizing sand tray therapy, and I incorporate this into clients of all ages who come to see me. My overall framework to healing is EMDR, which is an evidence- based therapy that holds the premise that the way one thinks, feels, and acts is because of past experiences that taught them to do so. If requested, I am more than happy to integrate a Biblical, Christian perspective into our time together.

I work with kids under 12 years old. I also work with teenagers and adults who want to address trauma utilizing EMDR specifically. My fee is $135 per session. I can accept those whose primary insurances are Aetna, Cigna, and UHC until December 31, 2024. I am able to provide a superbill that you can submit to insurance. I cannot guarantee reimbursement from your insurance.

On a personal level, I have been married since 2014, and we have three rescue dogs. I enjoy working out, board games, and Pokemon battles. I serve in my church's children's ministry weekly as well as sing in the church choir.

Theraplay® is a registered service mark of The Theraplay® Institute, Chicago, IL, USA.

Professional Experience

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Feb 2024, Arizona Clinical Supervisor

Jan 2024, Adjunct InstructorArizona Christian University

Jan 2024, EMDRIA Approved Consultant

Oct 2023, EMDR Sandtray Specialist, AGATE Institute

July 2023, Founder & Therapist, Arizona Connections Play Therapy

April 2023, Foundational Level Theraplay® Practitioner

Oct 2022, EMDR Certified Therapist

Aug 2021, Licensed Professional Counselor

June 2019, Child & Family Therapist, Destiny's Door Counseling Services

Oct 2018, Master's in Professional Counseling, Grand Canyon University

Jan 2018, Child & Family Therapist Intern, Christian Family Care

June 2016, Pregnancy Counselor, Christian Family Care

Dec 2015, Master's in Human Behavior, Capella University

June 2015, High Needs Case Manager, Jewish Family & Children's Services

April 2014, Bachelor's in Christian Studies, Grand Canyon University

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