Behavioral Health Services

Casa de los Niños provides behavioral and mental health services in a safe, supportive,
and non-judgmental environment for children, teens, and adults.

Medical

Our holistic approach considers the medical, physical, psychological and interpersonal backgrounds of each client. Areas of psychiatric service and expertise include:

  • Child psychiatry expertise for children and youth
  • Expertise in a broad range of adult mental health concerns
  • Psychiatric medication management for children and adults
  • Expertise in complex mental health concerns, including autism spectrum disorder, stress disorders, and trauma-related concerns
  • Expertise in specialty areas, including integrative and forensic psychiatry

Medical Team Members

Therapy Team Members

  • Aseel Abushaar
    Specialties:

    Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Self-Esteem, Child and Adolescents

    • Oralia Anda
      Specialties:

      Children, Teens, Family, Adults, Trauma Informed, Healthy Relationships, Anger Management, Nurtured Heart Approach, Parenting

      • Ruben Aroz

        Clinical Supervisor

        • Zulema Guerrero Ballesteros
          Specialties:

          Children (5-18), Domestic Violence, Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Healthy Relationships, Anger Management

          • Jessica Barnes
            Specialties:

            Birth to Five

            • Margaret (Maggie) Bellino
              Specialties:

              Maladaptive Sexual Behaviors, Sexual Abuse, Trauma in children, adolescents, and adults

              • Carrianne Connors
                Specialties:

                Individual, family, and group counseling for children, adolescents, teens, and families

                • Skylar Cook
                  Specialties:

                  Couples, Families, Teens

                  • Desirae Cruz-Bailey
                    Specialties:

                    Early Childhood Mental Health, Birth to Five, Parent-Child Relationship

                    • Sari Emami
                      Specialties:

                      EMDR, Play Therapy, Trauma, Sexual Abuse

                      • Laura Epperson
                        Specialties:

                        Children – Ages 6-17 years old, Attachment, Trauma, Sexual, Physical and Emotional Abuse, Grief and Loss, Domestic Violence and Removal by DCS

                        • Katie Frischenmeyer

                          Child & Family Therapist

                          • Diana Uriarte Garcia
                            Specialties:

                            Coping Skills, Social Skills, Mood Regulation, Depression, Anxiety

                            • Gretchen Harris

                              Child & Family Therapist

                              • Melissa Hendrickson

                                Child & Family Therapist

                                • Angela Hiser-Martinez
                                  Specialties:

                                  Children and Adolescents – Ages 9+, Transitional Age Youth – Age 16-23, Adults, and Families

                                  • Bruce Kahler
                                    Specialties:

                                    Trauma Recovery, Mindful Awareness

                                    • Ashlee Kennedy
                                      Specialties:

                                      Birth-5 & Early Childhood, Mood disorders, Caregiver-Child Relationships

                                      • Jennifer Key
                                        Specialties:

                                        Children, Teens, Adults, Families and Couples

                                        • Nicole Linn

                                          Child & Family Therapist

                                          • Cassaundra (Cassie) Loller
                                            Specialties:

                                            Adolescents, Young Adults, Families and Trauma Exposed Youth

                                            • Heidi Long
                                              Specialties:

                                              LGBTQ, Families, Couples, B-5, Attachment Traumas

                                              • Julie Lopez
                                                Specialties:

                                                Children and Adolescents – Ages 7-13 years, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Self-Esteem, and Peer Relationships (Social Skills).

                                                • Lourdes Lopez-Escobar
                                                  Specialties:

                                                  Young children (Ages 0 – 10), Certified Grief and Loss Professional

                                                  • Nohemi Maciel
                                                    Specialties:

                                                    Birth to Five

                                                    • Shalonda McAdams Marshall
                                                      Specialties:

                                                      Teens and Adults – Individual, group therapy, healthy relationships, anxiety and/or depression, trauma, & self-esteem building

                                                      • Shawna McKee
                                                        Specialties:

                                                        Autism and Special Needs, ADHD/ADD, Birth to Five, Anxiety, Anger, Grief/Loss, Parent Child Relationship Therapy

                                                        • Kaitlyn Meyerowitz
                                                          Specialties:

                                                          Children and Teens ages 6-16 who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, anger management, and self-esteem concerns

                                                          • Sylvia Neal
                                                            Specialties:

                                                            Sexual Abuse, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Addictions, Anger, Violence and Abuse

                                                            • Julia Peddy
                                                              Specialties:

                                                              Ages 5 and Up

                                                              • Cathleen Phelan
                                                                Specialties:

                                                                Birth to Five, Early Childhood Mental Health

                                                                • Amber Poplewko-Armstrong
                                                                  Specialties:

                                                                  Trauma & Resiliency Work, Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships

                                                                  • Tamar Reed
                                                                    Specialties:

                                                                    Preteens, Teens, Young Adults, Suicide Spectrum Behaviors, Complex Trauma, Gender and Sexual Minority Youth

                                                                    • Farrah Sanchez
                                                                      Specialties:

                                                                      Teens and Young Adults

                                                                      • Sawyer Scantlebury
                                                                        Specialties:

                                                                        Birth – 5 (and their families), therapy groups with caregivers with a focus on relationship enhancement and parenting skills

                                                                        • Sean Seeba
                                                                          Specialties:

                                                                          Families, Teens, Adults, DCS Involved Families, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Adoptive Families

                                                                          • Jill Sena
                                                                            Specialties:

                                                                            Children and Teens, Parenting, Trauma

                                                                            • Rachel Sommerfield
                                                                              Specialties:

                                                                              Birth to Five, Children and Adolescents, Trauma-Based

                                                                              • Alexis Zozaya
                                                                                Specialties:

                                                                                Adolescents

                                                                                Therapy

                                                                                Our dedicated and experienced therapists have expertise in a variety of areas and approaches to help children (of all ages), and families address and heal from behavioral and mental health challenges. These include:

                                                                                • Specialty in providing therapy for children birth to five years old
                                                                                • Individual and group therapy for victims of domestic and/or family violence
                                                                                • Therapists who work with youth who engage in sexually maladaptive behaviors
                                                                                • Therapists who specialize in specific therapies, including:
                                                                                  • Play therapy
                                                                                  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
                                                                                  • EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (for those who have experienced trauma)

                                                                                Click on each therapist’s photo or name to view their bio and areas of focus.

                                                                                Groups

                                                                                Group classes and therapy can benefit children and adults who are addressing a variety of behavioral and mental health issues and trauma. Casa de los Niños currently offer these groups:

                                                                                • Dinosaur School: Evidence-based social skills curriculum for children age 4-8
                                                                                • Incredible Years Parenting: evidence-based, age specific parenting groups to promote children’s social/emotional competence
                                                                                • Domestic Violence Groups: to help process experiences of domestic or family violence for adult survivors
                                                                                • Coping Skills Groups: to reduce anxious symptoms and improve coping skills for teens
                                                                                • Triple P Parenting Classes: evidence-based parenting groups to reduce parent stress and increase cooperative child behavior
                                                                                • Trauma Informed Care Parenting: to increase understanding of the impact of trauma and how to buffer adverse experiences
                                                                                • Cognitive Processing Therapy Group: to process experiences of trauma and manage symptoms for adult women who have experienced trauma
                                                                                • Self Leadership Group: ongoing processing group to improve self awareness, self acceptance and self regulation for adults

                                                                                Visit our Group page to learn more and register for these group sessions

                                                                                How Do I Receive Services?

                                                                                Services are provided to clients as well as their families. Families may have AHCCCS, KidsCare, or CMDP coverage.

                                                                                All clients are offered services without discrimination by reason of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability or because of an individual’s inability to pay for the services.

                                                                                Hours & Contact

                                                                                Behavioral Health Services
                                                                                Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

                                                                                 

                                                                                To schedule an appointment or receive more information call (520) 624-5600 or Contact Us.

                                                                                 

                                                                                Contact our 24 Crisis Line at (520) 326-1365

                                                                                 

                                                                                Our office is located at
                                                                                1120 N. 5th Avenue
                                                                                Tucson, AZ 85705

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