Ryan Helton, Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Supervisor
First and foremost, Ryan, a Phoenix-native, is a devoted husband and father of three boys. Next, Ryan is an individual who has dedicated his life to help others turn trials and tribulations into poignant, life-defining moments that soon become their source of strength. Ryan has a knack for helping others discover their unique gifts, both, innately, and through life experiences.
Ryan studied family dynamics, child development, and the turbulence of adolescence at Arizona State University and completed his Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development/ Child Development. Upon completion of his bachelor degree, Ryan went on to work with teens and parents of teens in a number of different roles (educator, paraprofessional counselor, peer support, motivational speaker). Ryan worked for St. Joseph's Hospital's court-ordered Wake Up! Youth Program for several years and served as a paraprofessional counselor for teens that were in trouble with drugs and alcohol. He also worked for local non-profit organization, notMYkid, and served as an alcohol education program coordinator. He educated parents on psychosocial issues that affect adolescents. He provided motivational speaking to ~10,000 middle school and high school students across the valley on "Breaking the Cycle" of addiction and "Finding Your Outlet" to overcome the internal and external pressures of adolescence. Ryan has experience working with women and men overcoming all issues related to domestic violence. He has extensive training and experience doing career and educational counseling for adolescents and adults. Most currently, he worked as a school-based mental health therapist, working with adolescences, parents, as well as facilitating groups, on issues including: self-harm, substance abuse, family and peer conflict, internalizing and externalizing behaviors, gender identity, abuse, and any other issue imagined. He also served on the board for the National Huntington’s Disease Society of America where he oversaw Arizona’s family support services for those struggling with neurological disorders, as well as facilitated support groups for caregivers of patients. Most recently, Ryan has contracted with Chandler Unified School District to provide training to school counselors on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy methods and train on current trends, including Anxiety and Depression.
Ryan relishes in opportunities to work with individuals who have come to a point in their lives that have caused them to ask existential questions, such as: "Who have I been, who am I, and who do I want to be?” What have I been doing for the last ___ years? What do I want to do now, and in the future?", "Am I living a meaningful, purposeful life?” etc. Some of the events and/or points in people's lives that often bring such questions, include: adolescence and young adulthood, relationship problems, loss of job or unhappiness with job, loss of significant other/relative, substance abuse/dependence, and many other circumstances.
Ryan counsels from a genuine, authentic place. His greatest strengths are: normalizing and validating feelings, helping to find peace and meaning amidst perceived chaotic situations or events, uncovering personal strengths, helping people to forgive and let go of past hurts or disappointments, reducing anxiety through mindfulness practices, identifying and expressing feelings, learning healthy communication and conflict resolution skills, and lastly helping individuals discover their inner strength and power to accomplish any task or goal. Ryan also specializes in the use of music and writing in therapy and feels these mediums are powerful ways to express oneself in ways we may not otherwise be able to express.
Victor Escoto, Licensed Associate Counselor
(Now ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS: Office @ Executive Suites, 6909 W. Ray Road, Suite 121, Chandler, AZ, 85226)
Victor is a Phoenix-native, father of four and has been married for over twenty years. The first years of Victor’s life was spent in a broken home with substance abusing parents, as well as was in foster homes. It was at the age of thirteen Victor found a local church and started a new journey with friends who quickly became his adopted family. It was church that showed Victor that there are caring people who exist to help others. Victor then made it his goal to work in the helping professions to be able to help others.
As a First Responder, Victor worked through a PTSD diagnosis. As a father, he helped his son work through a mental health diagnosis. As a friend, he with his wife, have taken in to their home over 60 people through the years to help them get on their feet. Today, the Escoto's still continue to open their home to those in need.
Victor began his studies when his youngest son began to show signs of having a mental illness. In 2012, he finished his bachelors degree in Sociology and began a masters program in counseling with the purpose of learning how to help his son, as well as others. As Victor learned about mental health, he quickly applied the knowledge and skills in his family setting. Victor’s son is now in recovery and Victor’s daily experience as a father, mentor, helper, support, and a clinician are now available to all who meet him. He is excited to continue as a helper and excited to leave inpatient therapy to focus on the individual.
With lots of experience, Victor uses an eclectic approach to counseling borrowing from the best approaches. Victor uses a Person Centered Approach employing accurate empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence. Victor also combines this approach with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help examine and modify unhealthy thoughts and beliefs and replace them with healthier ones. Treatment goals are collaboratively established to meet your needs and your strengths are emphasized to help accomplish your goals and have less stress.
Victor’s strengths are helping to reframe the past and focus on the future while using history for teaching and your experiences as new restructuring. Victor believes we all have the power within us to make the necessary changes to move forward in a new direction and discover how we as individuals are resilient and flexible. Victor believes that sometimes the past has a lock on us that does not allow us to push into our future, and it’s only through close examination that allows us to discover our own potential.