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

  • Amber Poplewko-Armstrong
    Specialties:

    Trauma & Resiliency Work, Domestic Violence, Healthy Relationships

    • Angela Hiser-Martinez
      Specialties:

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

      • Aseel Abushaar
        Specialties:

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

        • Ashlee Kennedy
          Specialties:

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

          • Autumn Rodriguez
            Specialties:

            Children and Families (Civilian and Military), Veterans, Children in Community Mental Health

            • Bruce Kahler
              Specialties:

              Trauma Recovery, Mindful Awareness

              • Carrianne Connors
                Specialties:

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

                • Cassaundra (Cassie) Loller
                  Specialties:

                  Adolescents, Young Adults, Families and Trauma Exposed Youth

                  • Cathleen Phelan
                    Specialties:

                    Birth to Five, Early Childhood Mental Health

                    • Desirae Cruz-Bailey
                      Specialties:

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

                      • Diana Uriarte Garcia
                        Specialties:

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

                        • Diane Delp
                          Specialties:

                          Trauma

                          • Farrah Sanchez
                            Specialties:

                            Teens and Young Adults

                            • Gretchen Harris

                              Child & Family Therapist

                              • Heidi Long
                                Specialties:

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

                                • Jennifer Key
                                  Specialties:

                                  Children, Teens, Adults, Families and Couples

                                  • Jessica Barnes
                                    Specialties:

                                    Birth to Five

                                    • Jill Sena
                                      Specialties:

                                      Children and Teens, Parenting, Trauma

                                      • Julia Peddy
                                        Specialties:

                                        Ages 5 and Up

                                        • Julie Lopez
                                          Specialties:

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

                                          • Kaitlyn Meyerowitz
                                            Specialties:

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

                                            • Katie Frischenmeyer

                                              Child & Family Therapist

                                              • 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

                                                • Lourdes Lopez-Escobar
                                                  Specialties:

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

                                                  • Margaret (Maggie) Bellino
                                                    Specialties:

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

                                                    • Melissa Hendrickson

                                                      Child & Family Therapist

                                                      • Michelle Celestrin
                                                        Specialties:

                                                        Trauma, Domestic Violence, Adolescents and Children

                                                        • Nicole Linn

                                                          Child & Family Therapist

                                                          • Nohemi Maciel
                                                            Specialties:

                                                            Birth to Five

                                                            • Oralia Anda
                                                              Specialties:

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

                                                              • Rachel Sommerfield
                                                                Specialties:

                                                                Birth to Five, Children and Adolescents, Trauma-Based

                                                                • Ruben Aroz

                                                                  Clinical Supervisor

                                                                  • Sari Emami
                                                                    Specialties:

                                                                    EMDR, Play Therapy, Trauma, Sexual Abuse

                                                                    • 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

                                                                        • 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

                                                                            • Skylar Cook
                                                                              Specialties:

                                                                              Couples, Families, Teens

                                                                              • Suzette Dominguez
                                                                                Specialties:

                                                                                Children & Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Trauma and Adjustment, Anxiety

                                                                                • Sylvia Neal
                                                                                  Specialties:

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

                                                                                  • Tamar Reed
                                                                                    Specialties:

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

                                                                                    • Zulema Guerrero Ballesteros
                                                                                      Specialties:

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

                                                                                      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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