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Clinicians & Support Staff

RYAN HELTON, LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR, CLINICAL DIRECTOR

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. Ryan 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.

STEPHANIE ERICKSON, LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

*ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS: Select nights and weekend availability (via Telehealth currently)

Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. She completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Arizona State University in 2003. She has had the pleasure of serving children, adolescents, adults and families for over 15 years in community agencies and schools. 

Stephanie is skilled in providing individual, family and group therapy. She assists individuals who are experiencing a variety of challenges such as trauma, anxiety, depression, crisis situations, life transitions, family difficulties, grief and relationship concerns. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques based on each person’s situation and individual needs, some of which include CBT, Mindfulness, play-based therapies, and Trauma-Informed Yoga. 

Stephanie is compassionate, experienced and non-judgmental. She knows that everyone needs a little extra support at different times in their lives and she is passionate about empowering individuals and families to heal and reach their goals. She believes that no matter where you are, it’s never too late to start working toward being your most whole, centered, authentic self.cial

DILLON PHILLIPS, PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST (RECOVERY COACH) 

As a Peer Support Specialist, Dillon provides supplemental support to clients in therapy and to those who have achieved counseling goals, but request accountability for their continued wellness goals. Dillon partners with clients to outline and support wellness and recovery goals. Dillon supports clients through the lens of his own lived experiences and training with mental health and substance abuse. Dillon is a tremendous asset to the community and to the clients of Transcend Counseling Services, as he supports clients with all types of recovery goals, and as a support group facilitator. 

“I spent most of my teens and early twenties stuck in the problem. Growing up with abusive stepdads, a mom who suffered with mental illness and substance abuse, there was no solution or healthy coping skills demonstrated for me. I grew into an anxious and insecure human. I felt powerless and my life was unmanageable. At the age of 24 my pain became great enough that I was left with three choices: continue to live the way I was, try to end my life again, or transcend. I wanted more for myself. I wanted to be awakened to a life worth living. My decision was to transcend. However, I didn’t know where to begin. Now, many years later, I am proud to say that I have found a path that creates the undercurrent of peace that I have in my life today. My hope is that you choose to transcend your own life. I know that you, too, can awaken to a healthier you. The first step to unlocking this is all is knowing you are worthy of it…and you are.”  

Dillon now strives to empower individuals and pass on what he has learned in his journey. Dillon shares his story to inspire others to discover their own path to peace, health, and wellness. Dillon shares the steps he took to overcome substance abuse and addiction, and the tools and coping skills he has learned and developed along the way. He is passionate about teaching mindfulness, meditation, and developing physical fitness goals with others. Dillon helps others build better habits, healthier boundaries in relationships, and build better communication skills.

"It is my firm belief that the best way to fix the world, is to fix yourself" ~Jordan B. Peterson

 

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