Stefanie Kool, Psy.D.
Dr. Kool a licensed Psychologist, the clinical director at WVFDC and an owner of Desert Sage Health. She earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She has been practicing in the field of psychology since 2005 and specialized in the area of addictions from 2006 to 2016. She worked as a clinical director for a year-long substance abuse treatment center from 2006-2012 and was the Chief Program Officer at a substance abuse treatment center that offered residential, partial-hospitalization and intensive out-patient care from 2012 to 2016. Dr. Kool started her career working with children and families and received training in neuropsychological assessments. She has experience running educational and process groups and treats addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, family conflict and other presenting issues. Her treatment approach is based on meeting the client where they are at and typically includes cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy to reduce a client’s current level of discomfort and increase positivity in his/her life. She oversees the clinical intake process for incoming counseling patients at WVFDC. Dr. Kool is also a clinical supervisor at WVFDC and meets weekly with the doctoral students, interns, and residents she supervises.
Lorene Petta, Psy.D.
Aubrey Hardesty, Psy.D.
Dr. Hardesty earned her doctorate degree from Midwestern University, Glendale campus in 2017. She is passionate about working with adolescents, young adults, and their families, and has experience with young children and older adult populations. She has worked as an individual and group therapist in the outpatient, inpatient, and school settings. Much of her experience has been working with clients with various behavioral and emotional disorders, as well as co-occurring disorders. She provides services to individuals experiencing interpersonal or familial conflict as well as parenting skills sessions. Her goal as a therapist is to provide an open space for clients to explore and venture on their own path toward positive changes to improve their quality of life. In sessions, she does her best to meet clients where they are at using various strengths-based and person-centered approaches. Specific areas she has focused on thus far in her career include depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar spectrum disorders, bereavement, self esteem issues, stress management, and danger to self/danger to others behaviors and ideations.
Kelle English, Psy.D.
Dr. English earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She has been practicing in the field of psychology as a licensed independent substance abuse counselor since 2003. Dr. English has treated children, adults, and adolescents with a variety of presenting issues including substance abuse, co-occurring, trauma, domestic violence, anger management, and other legal involvement. She has worked in community mental health facilities, jails, and prisons. More recently, Dr. English has worked as a clinical director and is currently working under the supervision of Stefanie Kool, Psy.D., while pursuing licensure as a clinical psychologist.
Raman Saini, Psy.D.
Dr. Saini is a licensed clinical psychologist and our intake psychologist at DSH. She earned her doctoral degree from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. Her clinical focus includes working with children, adolescents, and families with complex trauma and/or in crisis. She is especially passionate about working with youth in DCS care and her experiences have included working in residential, school, hospital and outpatient settings. Her treatment approaches vary based on individual needs, and include psychodynamic psychotherapy, play therapy, crisis intervention, and cognitive and behavioral therapies.
Victoria Weaver, LCSW
Victoria is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned a Masters in Social Work degree from Arizona State University. Victoria’s experience includes working in residential substance abuse treatment program at the VA, as well as treating diverse populations in community mental health setting. Victoria is trained in use of EMDR to address trauma and other mental health issues. Victoria tailors her treatment approach to each client in order to meet individual needs and provide best care possible. Victoria is Oscar Yepiz, LMSW clinical supervisor.
Erasmo Rodriguez, LPC
Erasmo, a Licensed Professional Counselor, earned a Masters in Counseling Degree from Arizona State University. He has experience working in Community Mental Health and private practice. He has worked with a wide range of clinical diagnosis and enjoys working in the area of substance abuse. He is also trained in using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to treat trauma. He utilizes an array of interventions to empower individuals, couples and families by tailoring treatment to meet the goals and needs of each client. He is fluent in English & Spanish.
Sally Rye-Gomes, LPC
Sally is a licensed Professional Counselor and earned her degree from Antioch University in Seattle, WA. Sally has experience with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She has worked at various level of care and has experience treating children who have experienced domestic violence and/ or sexual abuse, children and adults in crisis, as well as, a variety or presenting issues including anxiety, depression, mood dysregulation, family conflict, childhood trauma, and life transitions. Sally is a Certified Ethnic Minority Mental Health Specialist and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.
Rebecca Lutz, LPC
Rebecca is a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned her degree from Ottawa University. She has experience working in community mental health, residential treatment and private practice. She treats children and adults with a variety of presenting issues, including histories of co-occurring issues, trauma, abuse, and eating disorders.
Rosemarie Higgins, LCSW
Kami O'Connell, LMFT
Lori Shirk, Psy.D
Dr. Shirk is currently completing her post-doctoral residency and works under the supervision of Stefanie Kool, Psy.D. She earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Dr. Shirk’s clinical rotations have included community behavioral health facilities in both urban and rural settings, behavioral schools, and a substance abuse treatment facility. Dr. Shirk began working in the field of developmental, social, emotional, and behavioral disabilities two decades ago. She works with children, adolescents, and adults and provides individual, couples, and family psychotherapy. She has experiencing running psychoeducational and psychotherapy groups and treats anxiety disorders, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, trauma, grief, developmental disabilities, behavioral challenges, and executive function deficits.Her treatment approach is based on meeting the patient where they are at and incorporates behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and play therapy to help the patient reach his/her fullest potential. She is also certified Cogmed Coach.
Raechel Nielsen, LCSW