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Meet The Team

MEET THE TEAM

SHARON A. BELL, PsyD

Founder and Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Bell has worked in a medical diagnostic setting for over 30 years and is formally trained as a Health Psychologist. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Psychology and a Doctorate in Health Psychology from the Colorado School of Professional Psychology. In addition, she continues advanced training and mentoring from renowned experts in research, medicine, psychology, and theology. She has authored several articles, published book chapters, and lectured both nationally and internationally on chronic pain, stress management, healthy aging, obesity and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

If there is one thing that separates Dr. Bell from other psychologists it is her exceptional ability to bridge the gap between research, medicine, psychology, and theology. She has great faith in the human spirit’s ability to communicate issues and then pulls from her vast knowledge and external resources to explain the impact on health, work, or family and recommend real solutions that work for you.

A personal note:
I remain grounded in the morals, values, and experiences from my childhood growing up in Oklahoma. I view all people as existing on an equal playing field, each with personal genius/value, and deserving of feeling important, loved, and safe. I respect that we can have varying experiences during our lifetime and some of them can be painful. It is both brave and vulnerable for you to step into a nonjudgmental setting where you can be open about your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors to seek relief and create a future that is as peaceful and exciting as you dream it to be. Thank you for trusting me with your future.

Kelsi Rather, LAC

Licensed Associate Counselor

Kelsi is a Licensed Associate Counselor with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. Her areas of specialization include substance use/addiction and LGBTQ+ issues. Kelsi has also engaged in additional training with a focus on anger management, anxiety/depression, trauma, group therapy, and marriage/relationship dynamics. She works exclusively with adults over the age of 18 and believes in a strength-based, non-judgmental approach to functional effectiveness.

A personal note:
My belief is that you are the greatest expert in your own life. My role is to help you listen to that authentic and intuitive voice in order to access your inner wisdom and bring about change, contentment, and effectiveness in your life.

I entered this field with a genuine and open heart that listens to others, excited to see people live whole and healthy lives. The counseling relationship can be thought of as the pathway to growth, problem-solving, and restoration. It is an opportunity for the client to explore options in a safe environment. Experiencing change can be uncomfortable at times, but it is my goal to guide you in this process and establish a foundation of respect and trust; a relationship in which we collaborate to achieve the desired outcome.

Overall, my personal philosophy of counseling involves helping the client reconnect with the present moment. I prefer a multimodal approach that is unique to you as an individual and typically focus on cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness techniques. Ultimately, you are worthy of acceptance, regardless of what is occurring in your life. It is my wish to work beside you, gently challenge, and encourage you to restore your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

MARIA VOLAKIS, LAC, NCC, CCTP

Licensed Associate Counselor

Maria Volakis is a Licensed Associate Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She earned her bachelor of arts at the University of Wisconsin and her masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in forensics from Argosy University. She specializes in adolescent trauma, substance, depression, and anxiety related issues and has consistently been in the field of case management and counseling with various organizations for over 8 years.

Maria has gained additional training with a focus on anger management, emotional regulation, group therapy, and marriage/relationship dynamics with both mandated and self-referred individuals. She is also a Blue belt focused in Taekwondo/mixed martial arts from Youn Wha United of Arizona and enjoys integrating art into the therapeutic relationship. 

She has found immense joy working collaboratively with an adolescent and adult population. Overall, she focuses on helping those in need find their path, and this is especially true for her current position at Associates in Health Psychology.

WILLIAM RATHER, LAC

Licensed Associate Counselor

William is a Licensed Associate Counselor with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. He has obtained further training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and enjoys working with children and adolescents from ages 6 to 20. He is effective in assisting with a variety of issues to include trauma, grief & loss, stress, anxiety, self-esteem, depression, and emotional regulation. He is adaptive in working in individual, family, and group settings based on the personal needs of his clients. His goal is to provide children and families with the support they need through difficult times and focus on improving those fundamental relationships. Saturday appointments are available.

 

A personal note:
My hope is that I can help children, adolescents, and their families become more attuned to each other’s needs in order to create a genuine and supportive environment. Within this collaborative framework, it is my job to create a safe, caring, and non-judgmental atmosphere in which we can work together to identify your most pressing concerns. It can be such a helpless and scary feeling when you aren’t sure how to help your child grow through life’s most difficult experiences. We are honored to work alongside you and support you in this journey.

HEIDI MARTIN, LPC:

Licensed Professional Counselor

Our lives can be overwhelming at times, stressful, frustrating, disappointing, frightening, sad, confusing and traumatic or just not seem to make any sense.  Whether you are dealing with aging, mid-life challenges, work-related stress, relationship issues, adolescent growth pains, or childhood development, Heidi Martin’s non-judgmental, sincere approach will empower you to overcome obstacles, reach your potential and achieve your goals.

With over 20 years of experience, Heidi designs treatment strategies that are tailored to recognize and respect individuality. She practices cognitive, behavioral, and emotional therapies while recognizing the importance of establishing a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship. 

In addition to counseling, Heidi is a registered supervisor with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and provides clinical supervision to counselors-in-training. This has an additional benefit to you, a potential client, as she regularly helps teams of counselors in determining resolutions of many unique problems and teaches higher standards in care to the counseling community.  

Over the years, Heidi has also developed specific areas of interest that include, (1) Women’s Issues (2) Co-Occurring Mental Illness and Substance Abuse (3) General Mental Health Struggles in Everyday Life, Work, Family, and School.