Stefanie Kool, Psy.D.
Dr. Kool a licensed Psychologist, the clinical director 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, dialectical behavioral therapy, and mindfulness based interventions to reduce a client’s current level of discomfort and increase positivity in his/her life. She oversees the clinical team and provides clinical supervision to team members in the process of becoming independently licensed.
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.
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 strength-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.
Rosemarie Higgins, LCSW
Rosemarie received her Master's Degree in Social work from Arizona State University. She has a variety of experience, including assessing for crisis, providing brief interventions, and writing plans of care. She has worked with a variety of populations, including children, adolescents and adults, as well as, military families. She has worked in a private practice setting and has provided treatment to a variety presenting issues, including adjustment disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attachment disorders, and has specialized in treating trauma.
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.
Nancy McCalman is an Intake Specialist at Desert Sage Health. She earned her Master of Science degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University of Arizona in 2018. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University in Business/Psychology, in addition to three different Associate of Art degrees including Human Resources. She spent a career in the United States Air Force from 1980 to 2009, as a Personnel and Administration Manager. She relocated in excess of a dozen times to fulfill multiple military assignments providing her with a very diverse social background. She was active duty and a reservist, a military spouse, and a military mother. She has two years of experience as an Intake Specialist. Her diverse background in substance abuse and personal loss has influenced her compassion and understanding to help clients prepare for counseling through her enhanced intake skills and abilities.
Justin, is a practicum student that started at Desert Sage Health in the Winter of 2020. He provides low cost therapy and is supervised by Stefanie Kool, Psy.D. His bio is coming soon!
Jessica Moore, Psy.D.
Dr. Moore completed her undergraduate work at Harvard University, in Boston, MA and spent many years
working in community mental health settings before completing her doctorate at Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. Dr. Moore has extensive experience in exploring the benefits of utilizing positive psychology concepts for the purposes of healing and recovery in undeserved and underrepresented communities. Her dissertation was a mixed-method study examining the relationship between Self-Compassion and Posttraumatic Growth in Individuals who have Experienced Chronic Homelessness. Dr. Moore’s research and clinical interests include LGBTQ+ specific issues, resilience and growth after traumatic life experiences, the impact of self-compassion on the management of chronic pain, the utilization of expressive arts on healing, existential and humanistic treatment modalities. She approaches therapy from an integrative framework, incorporating multiple therapeutic interventions such as DBT, ACT, Mindfulness-Based Approaches, Self-Compassion, Motivational Interviewing and CBT. Dr. Moore emphasizes client-driven treatment and prioritizes empowerment from a strength-based foundation.
Raechel Nielsen, LCSW
Raechel received her Master's Degree in Social work from Arizona State University. She has worked with multiple levels of care from residential treatment to outpatient therapy. She enjoys working with adolescents and adults and has experience and training in working with various issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, addiction, codependency, drug/alcohol abuse and eating disorders.
Kami O'Connell, LMFT
Kami is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Arizona and California. She believes the most important part of having a successful experience in therapy is the relationship between the client and therapist. She feels providing a safe space for clients to explore their fullest potential is essential to the therapeutic process. Everyone’s story is unique and should be heard in a non-judgmental, empathetic, and comfortable environment. She loves mindfulness and believes vulnerability and the mind- body connection are key attributes for healing and growth. She has extensive experience working with children- especially children with behavioral issues, special needs, adolescents, and adults to address concerns related to mood, anxiety, trauma, grief, and relationship problems. She also enjoys working with couples at any stage of their relationship. Kami has a strong background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Directive and Non- Directive Play Therapy.
Amanda is a practicum student starting with DSH in the summer of 2020. Her bio is coming soon!
Erasmo Rodriguez, LPC
Erasmo is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and 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.
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.
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 experience facilitating 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 a certified Cogmed Coach.
Stacey Stock, LCSW
Stacey started working at DSH February 17th, 2020. Her bio is coming soon!