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.


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

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

    • Oralia Anda

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

      • Ruben Aroz

        Clinical Supervisor

        • Zulema Guerrero Ballesteros

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

          • Jessica Barnes

            Birth to Five

            • Margaret (Maggie) Bellino

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

              • Carrianne Connors

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

                • Skylar Cook

                  Couples, Families, Teens

                  • Desirae Cruz-Bailey

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

                    • Sari Emami

                      EMDR, Play Therapy, Trauma, Sexual Abuse

                      • Laura Epperson

                        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

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

                            • Gretchen Harris

                              Child & Family Therapist

                              • Melissa Hendrickson

                                Child & Family Therapist

                                • Angela Hiser-Martinez

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

                                  • Bruce Kahler

                                    Trauma Recovery, Mindful Awareness

                                    • Ashlee Kennedy

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

                                      • Jennifer Key

                                        Children, Teens, Adults, Families and Couples

                                        • Nicole Linn

                                          Child & Family Therapist

                                          • Cassaundra (Cassie) Loller

                                            Adolescents, Young Adults, Families and Trauma Exposed Youth

                                            • Heidi Long

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

                                              • Julie Lopez

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

                                                • Lourdes Lopez-Escobar

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

                                                  • Nohemi Maciel

                                                    Birth to Five

                                                    • Shalonda McAdams Marshall

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

                                                      • Shawna McKee

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

                                                        • Kaitlyn Meyerowitz

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

                                                          • Sylvia Neal

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

                                                            • Julia Peddy

                                                              Ages 5 and Up

                                                              • Cathleen Phelan

                                                                Birth to Five, Early Childhood Mental Health

                                                                • Amber Poplewko-Armstrong

                                                                  Trauma & Resiliency Work, Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships

                                                                  • Tamar Reed

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

                                                                    • Farrah Sanchez

                                                                      Teens and Young Adults

                                                                      • Sawyer Scantlebury

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

                                                                        • Sean Seeba

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

                                                                          • Jill Sena

                                                                            Children and Teens, Parenting, Trauma

                                                                            • Rachel Sommerfield

                                                                              Birth to Five, Children and Adolescents, Trauma-Based

                                                                              • Alexis Zozaya



                                                                                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.


                                                                                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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