All administration and Clinical Therapists engage in on-going training with Dr. Rhoton of the Arizona Trauma Institute to enhance the agency's team competencies in integrating effective trauma informed care.
Jon Grossman began his private practice in 1984 providing therapy services to those clients with the most serious and difficult needs. He incorporated Grossman & Grossman, Ltd. in 1990 and the agency has grown to 23 therapists in four Arizona counties. Jon has two Master’s degrees, a M.Ed. in Special Education from Oregon State and an M.S.W. from Arizona State. His past experience includes working with inner city gang kids in Chicago in the 1970s, working with severely emotionally disturbed children at the University of Oregon Medical School, working as a clinical social worker in a mental health hospital setting and inpatient and outpatient pain and stress units, and providing counselingfor Native American children and families living on the reservation. In 1984 he began to specialize in working with sexual offenders and has worked with adult clients, juveniles transferred to the adult system and juvenile sex offenders. His practice now is focused on children and juveniles with sexual misbehavior problems, working with sexually reactive children and working with children who are victims of trauma and sexual abuse. He has received training from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children in using structured sensory interventions. Jon holds clinical membership in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and in the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Jon is a member of the NADCP (National Association of Drug Court Professionals). He is a trained facilitator for MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy), has received advanced training to provide MRT Fidelity and Quality Assurance and MET/CBT5 (Motivational Enhancement Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Jon has received training as both facilitator and trainer in the GAINQ3, a comprehensive assessment. Jon continues to keep abreast of new challenges and closely network with all agencies to meet the changing climate and demands of the behavioral health field.
Phyllis Grossman holds two Master’s degrees, a M.Ed. in Special Education from Arizona State and a M.C. from the University of Phoenix. Her past experience includes a position as a psychoeducational supervisor for a child evaluation center to assess multi-handicapped children, and working with sexual offenders (adults, transferred youth and juveniles). Phyllis holds clinical membership in the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Phyllis is bilingual and has translated the juvenile sex offender program and the Parenting Sexually Reactive Children booklet into Spanish. Phyllis is a trained facilitator for MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy) and MET/CBT5 (Motivational Enhancement Therapy/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). She serves as the Administrative Director Grossman & Grossman, Ltd.
LAC, CSOTP Administration, Clinical Therapist
Davin holds a Masters of Counseling degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Davin has completed training as a certified clinical trauma professional. He is a trained facilitator for MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy) and has received advanced training to provide MRT Fidelity and Quality Assurance. Davin is trained to administer the GAINQ3. Davin is additionally trained in motivational interviewing, Trauma and Loss in Children, and sexual misbehavior therapy. Davin is also the administrator of the online file sharing and cloud content management service of the Grossman agency. Davin has his IATP trauma certification as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and CSOTS (Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist) certification.
MLS(ASCP), Human Resources, IT and Quality Management
Phil grew up in the White Mountains of Arizona before earning his B.S. from the University of Arizona. He previously worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Phoenix Children's Hospital and brings a wealth of experience in electronic medical records and healthcare management. He is in charge of IT support for staff, file management and running the Quality Management program.
LMFT, CSOTP Clinical Supervisor
Andrea Schmitz has her Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Marriage, Child and Family Therapy. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Hope College, Holland, Michigan where she had a triple major in Psychology, Sociology and Social Work. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist and was recently named a Clinical Fellow by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) which holds a national recognition and reputation for excellence in the field of Marriage and Family Therapists. Andrea has worked with our agency since 2005 when she was in her graduate program. She brings extensive experience from her previous careers in working in child welfare and was also the treatment coordinator for an adult and juvenile detention facility for the Gila River Indian Community where she focused on the rehabilitation programs for the inmate populations. Andrea is trained in all areas of our programming and has conducted services in Maricopa, Pinal and Gila Counties with the RBHAs and Probation Departments. She is primarily in Pinal County now in Maricopa. She is certified and specializes in trauma and working with families, severe and extensive behavioral issues, anger/aggression behaviors, grief and loss, autism, substance abuse issues, severe conflict/trauma issues, sexual maladaptive behaviors and mental health disorders. Andrea is also a single working parent who three years ago adopted a child from the Arizona foster care system which allows her an extremely unique perspective in working with the families that we commonly serve dealing with intense and severe trauma. Andrea supervises therapists who are in the process of licensure with the State of Arizona.
LPC, Clinical Supervisor
Andrea moved to the Phoenix Metropolitan Area following the completion of her Psychology Degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. She then earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. With over ten years of experience working with youth and families, Andrea’s career has included the facilitation of school-based drug prevention programming and social skills training for youth in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. She also worked with first generation college bound high school students in order to prepare them for post secondary education and the work force with skills such as interviewing techniques, resume writing and completing federal aid and scholarship applications. Clinically, Andrea has worked with youth diagnosed with conduct disorders and other mental health diagnoses.
LMSW, Clinical Supervisor
Angie received her Masters in Social Work from Ohio University. Angie brings clinical experience in providing child, adolescent and adult individual, group and family counseling both in-home and in-office in accordance with client/family strengths and needs. She has also provided counseling to seniors transitioning between home, skilled nursing facilities and hospital stays. She is a certified clinical trauma professional and enjoys working with victims of all ages in developing self regulation skills.
LMFT, CSOTP (Tucson and Sierra Vista areas) Clinical Supervisor
Drew is the primary lead for the Tucson team and is a Clinical Supervisor. Drew is a bi-lingual therapist with intensive experience working with youth and families experiencing behavioral issues, the development of safety and monitoring plans, the development of sustainable family structures to reduce problematic behaviors, anger management and cognitive restructuring and has provided therapy for youth with sexual misbehavior problems. He has worked both in corrections and crisis responding.
LPC Clinical Supervisor
Holly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Holly works as a therapist in Gila County in both Payson and Globe. Holly specializes in working with complex trauma and with young children who have experienced significant trauma. Holly is a trained facilitator for MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy). Holly has a background in expressive arts therapy and brings extensive experience working with at-risk youth, special needs children and juveniles in the justice system. Holly has received training in the Trauma and Loss in Children SITCAP treatment program and is also trained in EMDR.
LMFT Onboarding Clinical Supervisor
Kirra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a specialization in Asian American Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She completed a post-graduate one year residency in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, with an emphasis in mindfulness and yoga. She has also been trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has experience working with at-risk youth and the SMI population providing trauma sensitive therapy with an empowerment and resilience structure. In addition, she has experience as an instructor and counselor in a community college setting. She utilizes a client centered, holistic approach to healing to help clients realize their full potential. She serves as a Clinical Therapist and Onboarding Supervisor responsible for insuring that new therapists receive the necessary training, support and supervision needed to be successful in the agency.
LMSW (Phoenix and Tucson areas)
Rachel is an experienced clinician who provides advocacy, assistance, support, counseling and crisis intervention to clients and families. Rachel works with the family to mutually develop treatment interventions to meet their needs, and collaborates with all team members to develop, manage and communicate for the best client outcomes. She brings experience in child safety assessments, strengths and risk assessments, and reunification plans, as well as helping families with community referrals, navigation of resources and the development of natural supports. Rachel’s background includes working with general mental health, victim trauma, substance abuse, reunification and permanency services. Rachel is fluent in Spanish.
LMSW Clinical Therapist (Tucson)
Elahe brings her experience of working with a range of clients that include developmental disabilities, SMI, elderly behavioral health, substance abuse and youth in recovery, and work as a clinician for a mobile crisis team. Elahe also has a background in movement arts and incorporates mindfulness medication and breathing exercises in therapy. She views her approach as strength-based and client-centered with an awareness of the dynamics that play in a client’s life including trauma. She offers counseling that includes strong assessment skills, risk assessments, client centered therapy, coordinatin of care and knowledge of community resources. Clinically, Elahe has experience in CBT, client centered therapy, solution focused therapy and problem solving therapy. Elahe enjoys working with clients of all ages and offers cultural sensitivity to everyone she encounters.
MFP (Tucson area)
Sabrina has worked with clients from various ethnic groups and a wide diversity of backgrounds and beliefs. Sabrina is fluent in Spanish. Sabrina brings extensive experience working in an intensive in-home therapy model to support and guide clients and their caregivers to bring out change. She has experience working with clients who have problem sexual behaviors and developing safety plans to be implemented in home, school and community. Sabrina works in collaboration with referring agencies, case managers and probation officers as part of a treatment teach approach. Her experience includes working with clients on anger management, substance abuse, single parenting, and domestic violence. Sabrina works closely with client to identify their personal goals for therapy and develop intervention plans that support active change.
Abby uses a strengths based approach, focusing on a family’s strengths and pulling from these to empower families to work through difficult situations to meet the needs of the child and family. Abby has experience in providing trauma informed therapeutic services to children and their families. She has worked with foster families to ensure stability and safety of the children and address difficult behaviors in the home, and assess bonding and attachment behaviors. Abby works collaboratively with other professionals in the treatment team to achieve the treatment goals of the client.
Amanda (Mandee) Denbo
LPC Clinical Therapist (Tucson)
Amanda joins the Grossman team, bringing her experience in engaging clients and family in active, change-oriented treatment methods. She has experience in using multi-modal interventions based on the needs of the individual and/or family. Amanda has worked with individuals helping them cope with addiction and substance abuse, helped families with parenting needs, and has provided counseling for an array of general mental health issues. She is attentive to multi-cultural needs of clients and is able to critically think to identify, evaluate and resolve problems.
Jessie brings significant experience working as a mental health therapist providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, families and groups. She has also held positions as a Rapid Response Assessor, victim advocate for domestic violence victims and a clinical manager. She has extensive history working with a variety of populations. She holds a BA in Psychology from Arizona State University and a MS in Community Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix. Her strengths include crisis stabilization and planning, trauma informed care, and she is a strong advocate for client and family needs. She takes a client-centered approach meeting the client where they are at. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is an important part in therapy and enjoys spending time making sure the relationship is developed. Jessie has an extensive history working with trauma victims and utilizes different techniques to help the client begin to move forward in their life including EMDR and TF-CBT. She has a passion to help client's utilize their strengths to overcome their pasts and begin to feel peace in their lives.
Glen Festin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Mt. Angel Seminary in 1985 and his Masters degree in Community Counseling from the University of Phoenix. He is a Clinical Member ofthe Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. He specializes in the treatment of juveniles who present with a history of sexually maladaptive behaviors. Glen brings 22-years of behavioral health experience to our agency which includes working with developmentally disabled juveniles, juveniles in residential treatment facilities, adults with serious mental illness and direct care and clinical supervision at a psychiatric urgent care. Glen is the primary therapist for the Sexual Misbehavior Program in the Peoria office.
Pamela is a self-motivated professional with experience as a therapist, SMI Case Manager, and Child Welfare case manager. Pamela is an effective communicator and problem solver who has strong interviewing, assessment of risk, reunification, treatment planning and discharge planning skills. She has a vast amount of experience working with diverse populations. Pamela holds a Master of Social Work from The University of Toledo and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University. Pamela is a true advocate for her clients and families to be successful at every level.
Samiayah brings experience as a case manager working to meet the needs of clients, assessing for strengths and needs, implementing services based on needs assessments and collaborate with resources to achieve positive outcomes. In her work with sexual misbehavior adolescents, Samiayah focused on incorporating the Good Lives Model, self-regulation, communication and conflict resolution skill development. Samiayah works with clients and their families to define their problems and goals together to develop strategies where they can make the changes they want.
BHT (Tucson area)
Grace Gigliotti holds the position of BHT for the Family Assessment and Strategic Therapy (FAST) Program in Tucson. She is experienced in motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. She works with the primary therapist to implement change and reinforce and educate families and clients in building skills. Grace brings her experience as an intensive high needs case manager to help her conduct assessments, engage in crisis intervention, act as a liaison between the family and resources, engage in outreach, coordination of care activities as well as support the family in restructuring and improving family interactions, communication, problem solving and conflict resolution. Grace focuses on increased opportunities for healthy success in home, school and community with increased opportunities for connection to community services for on-going support. Grace has a B.S. in Psychology.
Trina Hart has Master’s degree in Counseling from Ottawa University with a specialization in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy. Trina has an extensive background in Child Welfare specifically with Native Americans and working with teen fathers. Trina has taught diversity courses and Social Work courses at Arizona State University and Mesa Community College. Trina has presented for the Inter-tribal council of Arizona, Gila River Indian Community Youth Council, Education department, and Tribal Social Services. Trina primarily works with Pinal County with Juvenile offenders with such issues as substance abuse, anger management, sexually acting out, trauma therapy, behavioral modification, life skills lessons, and family issues. Trina is a trained facilitator for MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy).
Neal began his work in the mental health field working as a unit leader on an adolescent sex offender unit facilitating cognitive-behavioral group therapy. Neal also worked on an intensive mental health crisis line for three years before entering an eight-year career as a case manager, working with individuals who required intensive case management. He enjoys using motivational interviewing techniques and person-centered therapy planning to help clients develop and achieve goals. From his years as a case manager, Neal recognizes the importance of collaborating with referring agencies, coordinating support systems and resources and being an integral part of the treatment team. Neal is trained as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
Carol Jernigan has worked in the behavioral health field providing child, youth and family counseling for at-risk youth. Carol primarily works in the northwest Phoenix area and is a therapist in the Peoria office. She has experience in treatment for sexual offense as well as victims of sexual abuse, trauma therapy and substance abuse treatment. She has also worked extensively with treatment planning for children with an emphasis on ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She brings a strong comprehensive testing component to the agency (multiple cognitive domains including memory, language, visual-spatial functions, executive functioning, as well as providing standardized measures of adaptive functioning, abilities, and personality testing).
Michael is a Tucson native who has dedicated the past ten years in developing skills, knowledge, and experience to coincide with Michaels passion for assisting others in reaching their full functional potential through the therapeutic process. Michael has had a positive impact while working with developmentally challenged youth, youth with autism, youth involved with the criminal justice system, and youth grieving the loss of a loved one to murder. Michael has also served many different adult populations in the Tucson area. Michael specializes in domestic violence related therapy, grief and trauma informed approaches, and is experienced in assisting our community members with a wide spectrum of behavioral interventions. Some approaches Michael prefers to use with members he works with include using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness approaches in addition to other proven models while assisting members in achieving their full potential through the therapeutic process.
Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in art therapy from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She works from an art therapy, person centered, and trauma informed approach, working with individuals and groups from childhood to older adulthood. Julie brings extensive knowledge in psychotherapy from direct clinical work as well as advising and supporting teams in delivering services to refugee and host communities in complex humanitarian settings in refugee camps in East Africa. She has also worked in behavioral health hospital settings (inpatient and intensive outpatient) as well as developing an art therapy program at a residential substance treatment facility.
Rodger Lee II
LAC (Tucson area)
Rodger has experience as a case manager coordinating services and resources for young adults and homeless mothers, and providing life skills and parenting skills training. He is familiar with the court system from his time as a juvenile probation officer in Pima County. He has experience providing family counseling for teens in transition, conducting group, individual and couples counseling for ages from 12 to 40. Rodger has worked in residential placement with juveniles, facilitating anger management skill development, process groups for mood and substance abuse and providing de-escalation for crisis calls. He also has experience as an in-home therapist for high needs population helping clients and families meet treatment goals. Rodger brings experience with mediation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, transactional analysis re-decision therapy, substance abuse, trauma and crisis counseling.
Meg brings compassion and critical thinking to her role as a counselor. She has experience as a bilingual therapist providing counseling to victims of trauma, violent crime, sexual, mental and domestic abuse in a high-crime drug involved community setting. She has respectfully coached and modeled de-escalation techniques as part of crisis management trainings. She brings experience working with 0-5 High Needs clients, drawing on child development education and therapeutic techniques to provide tailored client treatment. Meg works closely with all treatment team members to effectively communicate and implement client care and progress. She is a strong advocate for family support and identification of community network and resources. Meg has worked in an autism support setting to develop treatment plans for children diagnosed with Autism and/or Autism spectrum disorder. Meg is fluent in Spanish.
LAC (Tucson area)
Amanda brings experience providing counseling in-home and in the community. She has experience assessing family needs and creating safety plans unique to the family and situation, providing psychoeducation and developing and implementing treatment plans targeting specific behaviors. She has training in crisis intervention, responding to domestic violence and sexual assault and has provided educational workshops regarding sexual health. Amanda is trained in DBT and Trauma Focus CBT and enjoys providing assessment and mental health care to children, youth and families through community outreach, advocacy, the arts and an open mind.
Michael specializes in working with adult clients, drawing on his experience from managing shelter and support services for homeless individuals, and providing crisis intervention, ensuring client safety and security, addressing problematic client behaviors, mental health issues and behaviors, addiction issues and issues unique to adult offenders required to register. Michael has an innate ability to establish rapport quickly with clients and his approach to counseling is to be compassionate, empathic and help the client identify their personal goals and work with them to achieve success. Michael is trained as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
Pam brings experience from the court systems and behavioral health fields, in working with children, youth and families. Her expertise includes conducting assessments, specialized casework, community and restorative services, transitions from secure care to community placement, and family support. She has worked with youth with problems in sexual misbehavior, victim trauma, substance abuse, delinquent behaviors, behavioral and mental health. Pam has provided developmental programing for youth in pro-social, interpersonal and social skills and life skills development. Her experience includes residential and community-based treatment. Pam also has experience working with adult and elderly clients to coordinate transitions to and out of care settings and developing resources to help clients maintain optimal functioning. Pam provides testing and family support for the FAST Program. Pam has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Forensic Studies.
Tammie obtained her first Master’s degree from the University of Santa Monica in Spiritual Psychology and a second Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Tammie’s specialties are in working with trauma and addiction, both of which, she believes, are experienced by everyone. Her philosophy is that behaviors and emotions are here to give us a doorway into the psyche that help one navigate through the defenses to the wound or need that lies beneath. She is a depth psychologist with a systems perspective and relational way of being. Symptoms are just information that can be viewed in many ways and when understood with awareness, compassion, and integration one may experience more fullness, contentment, and connection with self and others. Tammie’s approach seeks to reduce disturbance and promote healing by endeavoring to understand the meaning and needs underneath the symptoms and how, through a collaborative effort, symptoms and difficulties can be used to lead one to experience more integration, wholeness, and contentment. This approach can help one deal with issues of the here and now, while also encouraging one to live a life that more fully expresses who they are.
LAC (Payson area)
Kori works in the Payson area providing therapy to clients and families to instill positive change. She brings experience with individual, family and group therapy in the areas of substance abuse prevention, wellness lifestyles, interpersonal relationship and communication skill development. Kori has worked with clients from diverse backgrounds and with presenting needs for anger management, anxiety and depression, crisis intervention, conduct disorders and general mental health issues.
Tania brings extensive experience working with clients in a variety of behavioral health settings. She views her strengths as building effective relationships, strengthening communication and inspiring hope for a positive future. Tania works closely with health care providers and representatives of the educational, judicial and legal systems, using a collaborative, creative and team-oriented approach to solving problems and coordination to ensure a client’s needs are being met. Tania has experience in providing screening, assessment, treatment planning and crisis intervention. Her background includes intensive trauma-informed treatment for clients with general mental health diagnoses, conduct disorders and substance abuse behaviors. Tania is fluent in Spanish.
Chrissy is a compassionate, solutions-oriented mental health professional. She is experienced in providing counseling for adults, children and adolescents. Chrissy is adept at completing goal-oriented assessments and devising treatment plans. She also has experience providing individual, group and family counseling to women with histories of trauma, mental health disorders, substance abuse, and parenting skill needs. Chrissy provides parent-child relationship assessments, comprehensive mental health assessments and is experienced in working with crisis interventions and the SMI population.
MSC Clinical Therapist (Tucson)
Jessica earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services in 2010 and her MS in Mental Health Counseling in 2018. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Jessica has worked with individuals with gentral mental health needs including; substance use, DUI education, domestic violence, parenting struggles, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Jessica uses multi-modal interventions, catering to individual and family needs.
LAC, CSOTS (Sierra Vista)
Brad Thayer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Carroll University and his Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. Brad is known for his advocacy for frontier and rural populations and received recognition by the National Board of Certified Counselors as a Rural Scholar. Additionally, Brad was personally invited by the National Board of Certified Counselors and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to speak as a subject matter expert at the first ever national forum to improve the addictions treatment process and workforce in Washington, DC. Brad extensive experience in Child Welfare helps him serve as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional in southeastern Arizona (primarily Cochise County). Brad’s extensive training in neurosciences lends him to approach treatment from a holistic and integrated perspective resulting in him being trained in the following approaches: family systems therapy, feminist theory, queer theory, mindfulness, dialectical behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, reality and choice theory, narrative therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy all with an emphasis on self-regulation and somatic experiencing. Brad serves the Sierra Vista area for the agency.
Richard has his Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College. He also completed master’s level coursework in Jungian studies. Richard brings clinical experience in working with general mental health issues, trauma and substance abuse with a focus on mindfulness interventions such as mindful movement, meditation and mindfulness skills derived from DBT,ACT and MBSR modalities. He has his Western Sandtray Association certification with practical and theoretical application for sand tray therapy to be utilized for a variety of symptoms and disorders. He has provided therapy to juveniles in a residential treatment setting, as well as intensive and private outpatient settings. Richard brings his experience in individual and group counseling, family counseling, intakes and assessments, and crisis intervention therapy.
Katina Walker is a Certified Family Trauma Professional. She brings office and community based experience with individuals, families and group working with clients experiencing severe and persistent mental health and behavioral issues. Her training includes Oppositional, Defiant and Disruptive Children and Adolescents, Sex Trafficking Awareness and Recovery (group facilitation training), LGBTQ Clinical Care and EMDR. Katina has also provided couples, family and group therapy within the veteran population who presented a range of symptomology and severities, ages and military experiences. Katina has worked with homeless youth between the ages of 18-25, addressing issues of chronic illness, mental health, domestic violence, sex work, housing stability, alcohol and drug concerns, skills development and parenting skills. She brings experience in crisis intervention practicing within a harm reduction model. Katina has also worked in a women’s shelter to provide counseling for female clients experiencing chronic homelessness, surviving domestic violence, engaging in cycles of addiction and managing mental health symptoms. Her work with youth in a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility included group therapy, crisis intervention, de-escalation and behavioral interventions.
PhD, Website Administrator
Ilan is the website administrator for GrossmanTherapy.com. Ilan has experience computer programming languages, including PHP, JAVA and HTML. Ilan created the company's first website back in 2006. Over the years the website and the website addresses have changed. Ilan has remained with the company and seen it through these changes and will continue to meet the company's need for an internet presence going into the future.