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.
Tanya Lauer has a Master's Degree in Counseling and Psychotherapy, and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona since 2008. She has presented at professional conferences in the United States and Europe and is the co-author of, "The Essence of Resilience: Stories of Triumph over Trauma," as well as a contributor to The Huffington Post. She has worked with substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders and grief and loss in residential treatment centers, outpatient treatment facilities, and private practice. The primary focus of her work has been trauma, and resilience, and the importance of the mind-body connection in the healing process.
Tanya believes in the importance of incorporating creativity, experiential therapies, mindfulness, and self-compassion to promote lasting and transformative change. Witnessing and supporting clients through their process of recovery is a privilege and a source of inspiration for Tanya, and she believes everyone is capable of resilience. Tanya can be found frequently hiking the surrounding canyons in the Tucson area. She appreciates living in the Sonoran Desert, and values the potential for healing that can be found through connecting with the natural environment.
Carol received her Master's Degree in Social Work at Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Arizona. She facilitated parallel victim/non-offending parent groups for victims of sexual abuse for the Institute of Juvenile Research in Chicago and completed her internship at the Cook County Children's Advocacy Center. Carol has worked extensively with adults, children and families in outpatient, residential, and military settings. Carol's background is the treatment of trauma, eating disorders and substance abuse, as well as co-morbid mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD and PTSD. She has experience working with active duty service members and their families, having served as a Captain in the USAF as Chief Family Advocacy Officer and Mental Health Commander in two deployed settings.
Carol's approach to treatment is grounded in the belief that all behaviors, maladaptive as they may be, are attempts to "feel better" or "not feel" at all, to escape the fear, guilt, low self-worth, isolation, loneliness and the myriad of other feelings that accompany mental health disorders. She believes that our core beliefs stem from thoughts we continuously replay in our minds. If you change the thoughts, it's possible to change old, self-defeating beliefs and behaviors.
Carol loves nature and animals, and has witnessed changes in human behavior while facilitating energy work in equine-assisted therapy, challenge courses and wilderness adventure therapies.
Dr. Remolina graduated medical school in 2006. He completed two years of child and adolescent psychiatric fellowship training at the University of Arizona, and received four years of adult psychiatric training at Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital-Creedmoor Psychiatric Residency program, New York. Dr. Remolina emphasizes a collaborative approach to treatment. He treats the full range of adult, child, and adolescent psychiatric disorders and has special interests in psychopharmacology, psychodynamic psychotherapy, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. He feels it is important to understand the environmental and social context of an individual's illness, as opposed to just treating the symptoms.
Mohamed is a Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and licensed by the state of Arizona to provide family-centered care to patients of all ages. He received the degree of Master of Science from Northern Arizona University. Mohamed began his career in healthcare at the age of 20 and has accumulated many years of experience and education in various areas of patient care, including psychiatry, home health, rehabilitation, performance improvement and risk management, medical/surgical and primary care. Mohamed's scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common and complex healthcare problems beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the aging process. Mohamed's unique combination of clinical education and experience allows him to help patients meet their goals by listening to their desires and then shaping individualized treatment plans. Mohamed appreciates Mirasol's emphasis on treating the whole person. "Mirasol's holistic model looks at the patient's whole life — including past trauma and not just the eating disorder — to get to the root of the problem. I believe that's the most effective approach."
With a background in broadcast journalism, Katie worked as a news anchor and reporter. Realizing she wanted to help people in a more fulfilling way, Katie pursued a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her specialty is working with clients who are struggling with both an eating disorder and chemical dependency issues. She is also passionate about family work, and believes the family can play an important role in a client's restoration to wellness. Katie loves to use the outdoors as her office and is always ready to hike, camp, or go caving with the clients; she believes that experiential therapies and a holistic framework are key to the healing process.
Originally from Mississippi, Susan did her undergraduate work in Psychology at the University of Mississippi and earned a Master of Science in Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University. Personal experience with aromatherapy piqued her interest in alternative medicine, and she was drawn to Mirasol because of its focus on holistic healing and the combination of alternative therapies and evidence-based therapies. She completed an internship at Mirasol in 2017 and then hired on as a primary therapist.
Susan has received training in the Trauma Resiliency Model and uses this somatic approach, combined with traditional talk therapies, to assist clients on their journey to whole body healing. She encourages clients to be curious and compassionate about the experience of living in their body and works to help clients increase their resilience to the stressors in their life. Susan has a special interest in body image and uses Health At Every Size principles to work with individuals who are ready to break free from diet culture and live a more fulfilling life.
Meghan is a Tucson native who received her BA in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona in 2005 and her MSW from Arizona State in 2010. She has specialized in counseling survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and childhood sexual abuse, and has a strong interest in working with individuals who have a history of trauma. Meghan's approach is to help empower clients to reach their treatment goals by providing the information, support and resources for clients to move beyond trauma. She chose to work at Mirasol because she believes in the integrated approach to treatment.
"I appreciate that Mirasol works to heal a client's mind, body, and spirit," she says, "and I enjoy working on a multidisciplinary team with so much shared expertise. As someone who loves spending time in the outdoors, I also appreciate the experiential opportunities that Mirasol provides."
Erin is a primary therapist at Mirasol's adolescent residential program. She meets with clients individually and also conducts family and group therapy session, incorporating her training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Prior to Mirasol, she worked with children and adolescents in inpatient psychiatric settings. "It was Mirasol's experiential therapies, holistic approach, and evidence-based programming that immediately appealed to me and ultimately brought me here," says Erin. "My style is calm and relaxed — my "office" is under a palm tree by the koi pond — and my expectations are honesty and integrity."
Leah Berger has a Master's in Counseling/Psychology from Prescott College, with an emphasis on ecopsychology and the expressive arts. Her path has been deeply informed by her early work with survivors of domestic violence and prostitution in the US and Africa. She has served as a counselor to both children and adults in shelters, schools, a detention center and a hospital psychiatric unit. Using movement, sound, art, writing and the natural world as tools for transformation, she has witnessed clients tune into and shift emotional patterns in ways not typically verbally accessed. Leah is also a certified Bowen Practitioner, an approach that utilizes gentle touch to calm the nervous system and recalibrate the body to wellness. Leah is strongly drawn to Mirasol's integrative approach and believes clients are best served when provided multiple resources to develop an empowered internal support system. When not at Mirasol, Leah is often found hiking in the beautiful Sky Islands and lowlands of the Sonoran desert.
Amanda is that rare bird, a native Tucsonan! She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. As a good listener with a strong desire to help others, Amanda knew from a young age that she wanted to be a counselor. Once she completed her studies, she interned at Our Family Services, and then joined Casa de los Niños as a Child and Family Therapist, teaching effective coping skills and emotional regulation as well as addressing various behavioral, trauma and attachment issues through individual and family therapy. She focuses on building strong relationships with clients in order to provide them with a safe place to learn, heal, process and grow. Amanda was drawn to Mirasol by the diversity of the holistic and therapeutic modalities we use to address and treat the clients' issues and concerns. She says it was a pleasant surprise to discover that here at Mirasol, clinical work is performed in an inviting and relaxed environment that helps clients and staff feel a part of a family that truly cares about them and their mental and physical well-being.
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 the adventure therapy program and just the space that we hold for clients."
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Kim received her nursing degree from the University of Arizona and has been a Registered Nurse since 1995. Her nursing background is in labor and delivery, school nursing, and level 1 residential treatment. Working with high needs adolescents in a long-term residential setting led her toward the clinical side of behavioral health in which she has worked as a Registered Nurse for residential services and designed therapeutic programs and treatment plans for a level 2 therapeutic group home and a semi-independent living program. In 2018, she received a Master's degree in education in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is currently studying to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst.
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Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics with a minor in Public Health from the University of Delaware. Upon graduation, she was matched to Tulane University's Dietetic Internship in New Orleans, allowing her to complete the competencies and rotations necessary to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Lauren then began her career working in the clinical setting at a hospital in Honolulu. She later relocated to Tucson and was attracted to Mirasol's approach of incorporating all foods into a balanced, recovery-focused lifestyle. Lauren enjoys working with clients primarily at our Adult Residential Unit and Adult Outpatient Program. She is currently continuing her education to become a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian to best support Mirasol's clients in their treatment and recovery.
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.
Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics with a minor in Biochemistry from the University of Arizona in May, 2016. Her work experience includes a dietetic internship at Sierra Tucson as well assisting individuals with disordered eating patterns. Her approach to eating disorder treatment is "all foods fit", and her goal is to help clients build a healthy relationship with food and a positive body image.
Mayra grew up in Tucson and received her BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona. From early on in her life she knew she wanted to assist others on their road to recovery. She began her work as a counselor assistant at Mirasol in 2012. To further enhance her understanding of the mind-body connection, Mayra completed her RYT-200 yoga teacher certification. She's also a certified TRE provider. In her work at Mirasol, Mayra has witnessed the incredible power of integrative healing and the impact mindfulness has on individuals. Mayra assists clients in finding a more calm and centered state using body-centered therapies, and enjoys being able to help clients connect movement with breath through yoga. Mayra is grateful for Mirasol's philosophy, and is excited to help individuals on their road to recovery.
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.
Gabrielle Rubin received her Masters Degree in acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture in 2004. She specializes in a very gentle, Japanese style of acupuncture, which uses fine needles to help to balance and restore the body's energy or qi (chi). Gabrielle addresses eating disorders by helping to bring the body back into its natural rhythm. Acupuncture treatment can calm anxiety, support digestion, and reset the nervous system, thus allowing for the body's natural functions to return. Gabrielle is also certified in NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association), an auricular acupuncture treatment designed specifically for the process of working through trauma and addiction. Along with being a mother and a musician, Gabrielle holds a BFA in painting and video from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
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.
Marion has worked most of her life as a graphic designer and technical writer, but when the internet came along, she transitioned to web design. An avid outdoorswoman, she has led backpacking, bicyling and cross-country skiing trips all over New England, the Maritimes, and, eventually, the Southwest in her spare time for 25 years. Marion was Mirasol's Marketing Manager from 2005-2011, and in 2015, she was invited back to manage the website and to organize hiking and backpacking trips as part of Mirasol's expanded adventure therapy program. Marion is delighted to share her love of the outdoors with Mirasol clients, and she hopes all clients leave Mirasol knowing that wilderness can be an incredible source of strength and renewal and an important part of their recovery.
Jaynie was born and raised in Tucson and completed her Bachelor's degree in Biological Basis of Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. From a young age, Jaynie has been interested in mental health education and awareness, and has a particular passion for mentoring people who have experienced depression and anxiety as a result of family trauma and academic pressure. Jaynie has also been a dancer for most of her life, training primarily in modern and contemporary with some ballet, jazz, and hip hop. Jaynie is also passionate about physical fitness through safe, sustainable, and fun forms of exercise, and is currently studying to be a certified personal trainer.
Jaynie was drawn to Mirasol because of its well-rounded treatment program that allows for individualized care of clients presenting with various comorbidities. Jaynie started out as a CA and greatly enjoyed supporting and getting to know clients outside of their regularly scheduled modalities. As the Exercise Consultant, Jaynie is now supporting clients by providing them with individualized exercise plans and helping them develop and/or redefine their relationship with exercise through mind-body connection and self-acceptance. Jaynie loves that her role allows her to marry her two passions and is grateful to work in such a supportive environment.
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!"
Rachel is a Tucson native who focused on neuroscience while earning a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and worked in the Cognition and Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Arizona as part of a research project on Alzheimer's Disease. After graduation, she worked as a college and career coordinator and academic advisor at Pima Community College, where she found that a big part of her work involved counseling young people who were struggling with addictions and mental illness. She eventually concluded that she could be more effective by working in behavioral health rather than in education. While preparing to transition to a new field, Rachel was a case manager and life coach for In Balance and for Pathways of Arizona. Her long-term goal is to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. "I have a passion for helping people achieve recovery," says Rachel, who appreciates Mirasol's "incredible, inspiring staff", all of the different modalities that clients are exposed to, and the integration of Eastern and alternative medicine. "It's just the best facility I've ever worked at," says Rachel, "and it's a sacred space."
Julia completed her BA in Psychology at the University of Arizona and is currently enrolled in an Addictions and Professional Counseling Master's program at Grand Canyon University. Julia enjoys the small community size at Mirasol that allows for individualized treatment of clients. She is grateful to be part of a dynamic team that brings a unique and holistic approach to treatment, and is fascinated by the diverse modalities that are offered at Mirasol. Julia's role as a supervisor is to uphold boundaries and create a safe environment for both clients and staff. Julia loves connecting with clients, bringing in humor when appropriate, and creating a grounding and supportive environment.
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.
Brandi graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and worked in customer service after college. But, she says, "I always wanted to do something related to behavioral health or social work." In 2013, Brandi came to work as an overnight counselor assistant at Mirasol, and gradually transitioned to day shifts. She was recently promoted to Lead Counselor Assistant at our adult residential program. Now in her fifth year at Mirasol, Brandi says it's the "opportunity to work with the women and to hear their stories" that keeps her interested and motivated. "I enjoy watching them go through the process of trying to heal themselves," she says. She also appreciates the strong team she has at Mirasol. "Everyone here is so dedicated. Their hearts are in their work."
Hannah received her training in marriage and family education, earning a BS in Behavioral Science with emphasis in Family Studies from Utah Valley University. She uses a systemic approach to eating disorders, and believes that treating mental illness is most successful when the individual, family and environment are viewed as functioning parts of a single organism. "I was drawn to Mirasol for its individualized and holistic approach to treatment," says Hannah, "and I'm m grateful for the passionate and talented healers I work with daily. My goal is to work with my amazing team to create a safe and nurturing environment for youth to heal and live authentically."