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Welcome to Joshua Tree!
Joshua Tree Counseling is a faith-based group practice, home to a collective of counselors committed to your mental health and healing. We offer both Christian counseling and traditional, non-faith based counseling depending on your preference. As individuals, we are are educated and trained differently and uniquely, with different interests, skills, gifting’s, specialties and approaches. As a growing team, we are a collective of compassionate and dedicated counseling professionals, passionate about helping clients from hopeless to healing.
The Joshua Tree Difference
The Joshua Tree building is cozy, with living room-like furniture and low lighting. When you arrive we hope you’ll make a coffee or tea and grab a snack before sitting in our comfortable waiting area. Soft piano music plays and gentle essential oils scent the air. Each office is uniquely decorated so you’re more likely to feel like you’re sitting in a living room than an office.
We want you to think of Joshua Tree as a home-base for your mental and emotional health needs. We’ve created a private, home-like setting where you can come and work with a licensed therapist or pastoral counselor towards your goals for growth, healing, and well-being.
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Scheduling with a Joshua Tree counselor or therapist is simple and quick. Just click on the button below, select the counselor with whom you wish to book, and choose a day and time from what is available. Once the counselor confirms your appointment, you will receive a welcome email with the initial documents to review and e-sign in preparation for your first visit.
Accepting New Clients:
Dr. Chet Weld, Licensed Therapist
Dana Denney, Licensed Therapist
Lauren Marks, Intern Therapist
Terry Smith, Professional Coach
Marybeth Steigenga, Pastoral Counselor
Tammy Furrier, Pastoral Counselor
Joshua Tree Counseling Specialties
Are you hoping to work with a cousnelor towards your goals for healing or mental and emotional well-being? Joshua Tree has a team licensed counselors who are held accountable to a code of ethics set forth by their profession and the rules and statutes set forth by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Even though we are a team of Christian counselors, our licensed counselors work with clients of all faiths, backgrounds, cultures, and genders. Some clients look specifically for Christian counselors; others have no preference as to their counselors faith background. We want you to know that you do not need to be a Christian to receive counseling with one of our licensed counselors, which you can read more about here. If, however, your Christian faith is an important aspect to be interwoven into counseling, we have both licensed counselors and pastoral counselors to meet your need.
Are you looking for counseling for your teen? Are they struggling with mental health issues, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, low self-esteem, bullying, anxiety, or depression? Have you noticed you teen becoming more reclusive, withdrawn, or are their noticeable changes in their behavior or social patters? Giving the gift of counseling to a teen may help them be more a successful adult.
Elena Flores is a licensed therapist who works with teens ages 13-17, and their families. She will help to stabilize them in the midst of their social, emotional, or relational issues. Your teen may need a warm and safe, neutral professional to process life situations; better cope with stress; understand and untangle their beliefs about life, others, and themselves; explore relationship and establish healthy boundaries; and build a toolbox of coping strategies. Suicide is often an undiscussed subject in families and teens may not bring it up even though they struggle with the thoughts. If you notice marks on your teen and suspect they may be cutting, therapy can help untangle issues driving the behavior. Are you aware of bullying? This may occur at school or via social media.
Marybeth Steigenga is a pastoral counselor who prvides soul care to older teen girls. If your older teen girl has a strong Christian faith that she wants to be central in the helping relationship, Marybeth can help her work through stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, and spiritual issues from the soul care perspective. Marybeth integrates therapeutic art into the soul care experience. Please note: pastoral counseling or soul care is intended to be short term and the intentional integration of spiritual principles into counseling by a member of clergy. Marybeth is an ordained minister of pastoral care and not a licensed counselor; she does not provide psychotherapy, provide diagnoses, or treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders. She does not work with suicidality or serious mental health issues.
Trauma comes in many forms, past and present. Childhood trauma for you may have included physical, emotional, verbal and/or sexual abuse. You may not recognize childhood neglect as a trauma because, “I wasn’t hit.” If you were alone and left to care for yourself or your siblings as children, this may be a form of trauma. When things are difficult for children and they can’t make sense of circumstances and relationships because they are confusing, abusive, or unpredictable, children can shift the blame to themselves and adopt the message, “I’m the problem” and then work to solve ‘the problem’ by being better, quieter, smarter, or anticipating a caregiver’s needs to avoid conflict.
Trauma therapy is a specialty area at Joshua Tree Counseling. We approach trauma gently and move through it at your pace. The first priority is always to establish a safe and trusting relationship.
As licensed counselors, Rachel and Shari offer trauma therapy for the most complex forms of trauma, cPTSD, and including dissociative and attachment disorders that can develop early in childhood in response to trauma. Stacy and Elena are both licensed to provide psychotherapy and approach all mental health concerns through a attachment-based, trauma-informed lens. They are under the clinical supervision of Shari and Rachel, respectively.
Do you wonder if there is really freedom from addiction? Do you have a chemical or behavioral addiction or love someone who does? Dana Denney is a licensed professional counselor who is passionate about working with addicts and those in relationships with an addict. From a Trauma Model perspective, addiction isn’t the problem, it’s the solution to the problem. Addictions work because they distract, numb, and help avoid the wellspring of emotions that haven’t been expressed. You can solve the problem of addiction by solving the underlying problem that led to the development of the addiction.
Loving someone caught in an addiction is tough. It can feel exhausting and confusing. Maybe you feel like you’re tossed back and forth between the person you love and the stranger their addiction turns them into. Dana can help you understand the cycle of addiction and set healthy boundaries while lovingly supporting the one you love.
Marriage is hard. It isn’t if you’ll struggle, it’s when. Couples often wait until they are in crisis to reach out for professional help. If that’s you, we have counselors with immediate availability. Reach out to us today! Marriage counseling is a specialty area at Joshua Tree Counseling with options to work with a licensed counselor or a pastoral counselor, depending on the depth of your needs and you preferences about whether you want a Christian counseling approach.
Dr. Chet Weld is a licensed professional counselor who offers marriage counseling to Christian couples and couples for whom faith is not a priority or a preference. He works with couples to build and grow their relationship while helping them to break conflictual patterns which typically involves resolving family issues with extended family members.
Stacy Roden is a licensed associate counselor who has a passion for marriages and helping couples resolves conflict, looks at underlying issues driving the conflict, and develop a closer connection. Parenting is often one of those underlying issues and Stacy is gifted in working with parenting issues. Stacy offers Christian counseling to couples who prefer this option.
Is the Christian faith foundational to who you are? Are you hoping to address your social, emotional, relational, or faith struggle with an intentional integration of faith and counseling? Maybe you’ve already worked with your pastor and they have recommended additional support with someone who has more specialized knowledge.
Pastoral Counseling, or soul care, is a unique focus at Joshua Tree. Tammy Furrier and Marybeth Steigenga are both ordained (chaplain and minister) and both have extensive training and experience in helping people work through issues from a Christian perspective/worldview. Tammy offers soul care for trauma, sexual abuse/brokenness, and spiritual wounding, as well as other concerns; she works with adults. Marybeth offers pastoral care for married couples, teen girls, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, life transitions, relational conflict/narsassistic abuse, and spiritual wounding/growth. Both approach pastoral counseling from an attachment and trauma-informed perspective.
Please note: Marybeth and Tammy are not licensed to provide psychotherapy by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners; they are ordained members of clergy who, as part of their ordination, provide the intentional integration of Biblical principles, Scripture, and the Christian faith into pastoral care and counseling. They do not provide psychotherapy, diagnoses, or treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders.
Anxiety and depression can range from mild, seasonal, or situational to severe, pervasive, and debilitating. Wherever you find yourself on this continuum, we have licensed and pastoral counselors and therapists to help. Not sure whether you need counseling or therapy? Read more about the difference between counseling and therapy here. Anxiety and depression can underlie other mental health issues or they can be the result of other underlying issues. Sorting this out with someone who offers nonjudgmental support and unconditional positive regard can offer a fresh perspective, hope, and healing. All counselors and therapists at Joshua Tree Counseling are equipped to help you address depression and anxiety, whether you desire counseling from a Biblical. Christian perspective or non-faith based perspective.
Grief Support Group - In Progress
Dr. Marybeth Steigenga, BCPC is offering a Christian Grief Support group with the next group beginning in January 2023. This group is intended to be a closed group for a small number of individuals and/or couples who want some therapeutic support as they move through their grief journey. Marybeth is a board certified pastoral counselor with a doctorate degree in Christian counseling. She has a passion for using groups as a source of support and healing.
Grief is like living two lives. One is where you pretend everything is alright and the other is where your heart silently screams in pain. — Author Unknown