Jeanne specializes in eating disorders and is an expert in the treatment of adult trauma. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Saybrook Graduate School, a Master's Degree in Counseling, and a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University. Jeanne is licensed by the State of Arizona as a Professional Counselor. She has received comprehensive training in Gestalt and other expressive therapies, as well as Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and she is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner. Jeanne was a therapist in private practice for many years before founding Mirasol. She has worked with the University of Arizona athletic department to meet the therapeutic needs of athletes with eating disorders, has taught courses at the university level, and provides training and education for health care professionals in her areas of expertise.
Sierra is a native Tucsonan. She has spent her entire life in love with nature, animals, and the process of being human. She believes in walking with people on their journey. That includes laughter, tears, and everything in between. Sierra has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design. She has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and Equine Assisted Mental Health. She specializes in trauma treatment through the lens of EMDR and honoring one's story. Sierra is a JourneyDance Facilitator, practices Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, is a P.A.T.H. Advanced Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, an Equine Specialist, and a practitioner of Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga. Sierra spends her free time enjoying the relationship with her horses, cooking, gardening, and spending quality time with family. She enjoys hosting retreats that support restoration and personal insight. She has spent her career helping people get back into their bodies through meditation, dance, expressive arts, and the horse-human interaction. Sierra believes whole-heartedly in what Mirasol offers. The principles and practices are very much how she lives her life.
Amber is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) with a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. Her interests include empowering women and cultivating space to produce healing through resiliency. She is currently is a PhD candidate in Human Sexuality at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she is working on a dissertation proposal related to sexuality and eating disorders. With a sex-positive stance that embraces sexuality and sexual expression, Amber works to expand our clients' care to address sexual health needs and concerns. Prior to Mirasol, she worked with children and adolescent trauma survivors, and completed an observational internship with a pelvic pain physical therapist. She was drawn to the eclectic nature of Mirasol and the opportunity to work alongside a holistic treatment team. Amber sometimes incorporates Animal-Assisted Therapy to model self-regulation and mindfulness, with a co-therapist rabbit named "Onan" and co-therapist dog named "Couture".
Audel switched careers when she realized that her dream was to work with teens — especially teens who needed a little extra help making their way in the world. She got her introduction to the field working as an afterschool coordinator and then school counselor at a charter school for at-risk youth. "I fell in love with it," says Audel, who decided to go back to school to earn a Master's Degree in Addiction Counseling. Her internship brought her to Mirasol, where she works as a primary therapist while pursuing her LAC. Audel's focus is relapse prevention, and she maintains that the key to relapse prevention is "knowing yourself — knowing what your triggers are, and what's coming up for you — and building a support system." She loves Mirasol's holistic approach, and the continuum of care that provides ongoing support for clients from residential through intensive outpatient treatment. "Mirasol is very open-minded, and always willing to try a new approach," she says. "I also love just the space that we hold for clients."
Samantha grew up in the Sonoran Desert and the Chiricahua Mountains. A passion for living abroad, learning languages, dance, yoga and the outdoors led her on a journey of exploring what it is that heals humankind. Samantha's background is in somatic therapy. In 2012, she finished her 200-hour yoga certification, and since 2016, has worked on her 800-hour certification in Healing Emphasis Yoga at Inner Vision Yoga. Through a workshop with Janina Fischer, she found Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and completed level one training in 2019. She has a Master's in Clinical Social Work and in Public Health from Ohio State University, and has a diverse background of clinical and academic experiences working with teens and adults. Samantha's lens is trauma-informed, strengths-based, and social justice oriented. She believes that our mind/body/spirit systems have an innate ability to heal ourselves.
Kat is a nurse at Mirasol's treatment facilities. Her undergraduate studies included music, art, education, surgical technology and nursing, and she holds a Masters of Arts degree with concentrations in youth, family dynamics and counseling. Kat believes her position as a Registered Nurse with Mirasol allows her a tremendous opportunity to be part of an exceptional, multidisciplinary pioneering team that incorporates evidence-based practice to treat the whole person, "mind, body and spirit". She is excited to regularly witness human resilience first-hand and help adolescents, adults and families "get their lives back".
Ilene received her Bachelor's degree in Dietetics in 1994 and her Master's degree in Nutritional Sciences in 1997, both from the University of Arizona. She has worked as a dietitian in a variety of clinical settings and as a private consultant here in Tucson. Most recently, she worked with firefighters, assessing their needs individually and giving presentations to fire departments and at nutritional conferences. Throughout her 25 years of experience as a dietitian, she has encountered many clients with disordered eating patterns, sparking her recent interest in eating disorders. Ilene is excited to help spread truth, balance and peace in her clients' relationship with food. She is grateful to be working at Mirasol in a supportive atmosphere sharing a healthy, sound nutritional philosophy.
Mayra has been working with people struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma and attachment ruptures for over eight years. She emphasizes body-based modalities and helping clients learn to regulate their nervous systems. Mayra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and has completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and is certified through Yoga Alliance. Mayra has also received training in trauma-informed yoga, restorative yoga, and yoga for all bodies. Mayra recently became a Facilitator through Eat Breathe Thrive, a nonprofit organization that focuses on a transformative mind-body approach to mindful eating, emotional resilience and body confidence. Mayra has also learned a lot about nervous system regulation through her TRE® (Tension & Trauma Release Exercises) training and is currently completing her Somatic Experiencing training.
Rachel is originally from Kansas City, MO, and completed a BS in Psychological Science and a dual Master's degree in Counseling and Art Therapy. She is a registered Art Therapist working toward Board Certification. Rachel is passionate about art therapy and creating a comfortable and nurturing space for clients to engage in the process of art-making regardless of skill levels. Art-making encourages self-expression, exploration of identity, positive body image, creative problem-solving provides a channel for emotions. The artwork brings a third relationship to the therapeutic process that can be a reflection of one's relationship with the self or with others. By paying attention to symbolism, metaphor and visual elements, one begins to learn his or her own unique visual language. Rachel is also interested in Jungian Dream Analysis and enjoys leading a dream group. Rachel finds meaning in artwork and dreams, but also in the synchronicities that we experience in everyday life. Rachel is also a local artist, devoting most of her time in the studio to painting with encaustic (beeswax and oil paint) as well as acrylic/mixed media and photography. Rachel feels that engaging the creative process is a powerful tool for recovery in a multitude of ways including its mirror-like quality to the complexities and pervasiveness that makes up an eating disorder.
Alison Pearson has been the Polarity Therapist at Mirasol since January 2004. She received a Master's Degree in Sociology, specializing in Gender and Social Psychology, from the University of Arizona in 1991. She completed a Polarity Therapy Certification Program in 1997, and in 2007, she completed a Cranialsacral Therapy Certification program. More recently, she trained to be a TRE Facilitator. Alison has a strong commitment to energy medicine that predates her formal training. She spent considerable time studying breath-work techniques and loving touch to release trauma from the body. Alison is an avid student of the work of Byron Katie and uses this method of belief investigation as part of her work. Polarity Therapy defines health as a "free-flow of energy in the body", and Polarity Therapy seeks to release whatever is blocking energy flow. Blocks can be physical, emotional, or mental (beliefs). When the mind and body are integrated as a team we can be in the flow of life. Having an integrated mind/body system is essential to recovery. Polarity Therapy begins on the bodywork table, however, its principles can provide a foundation for a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Spirituality is a key component in recovery. We know that women who have some sort of spiritual practice have a much higher rate of recovery. Whether we recognize it or not, we all have a measure of spirituality, as defined by the way we connect to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us. We work on universal themes that are part of all belief systems: loving kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. It's not about changing or giving up your belief system, it's about finding ways to help it meet your needs.
Stephanie is much loved by both clients and staff, not only for her lovely Irish brogue, but for the small touches like the little baggies full of "drinkies" (assorted teas, decaf coffee, stevia and creamers) decorated with hearts and flowers that we find tucked in packs when we go backpacking. Inspired by her father who was an excellent cook, Stephanie studied culinary arts at Dublin Institute of Technology where she minored in nutrition. She became a chef at Mirasol in 2014, shortly after relocating from Ireland to join her fiancé. She says, "Everything about the job appealed to me, especially the opportunity to help people repair their relationships with food. I just think food can bring so much to your life. If you can appreciate food, you can be brought little bits of joy six times a day!"
After studying facility management on the East Coast, Duncan arrived in sunny Arizona in October, 2005, and has been with us ever since. Born in Manitoba, Canada, Duncan lived outside of Philadelphia for 20 years, honing his handyman skills while aquiring his Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University. He is an avid golfer and sports fan, and he really enjoys working with the clients and staff at Mirasol to make it a safe and enjoyable place to be.
Mirasol's free weekly eating disorder and body image support group is temporarily on hold to protect the safety of our clients, staff and the community from the potential spread of coronavirus. As soon as feasible, the support group will resume in an online format lead by Mirasol CEO and founder Jeanne Rust. Stay tuned for further details!.
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