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D. Scott Herrmann, Ph.D., ABPP

Biography :

Dr. Scott Herrmann is a licensed psychologist (Arizona & California), and is double board certified in Clinical Child / Adolescent Psychology and Police / Public Safety Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA, and his masters and doctoral degrees in counseling / counseling psychology from Arizona State University. He has completed specialized postdoctoral fellowship training in Clinical Child Psychology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii (APA Accredited) , and has completed specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). Dr. Herrmann’s professional activities have encompassed work as a treating clinician, researcher and university teacher. He has held academic appointments with the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), and Northern Arizona University, where his teaching and research have consistently focused on issues involving children, adolescents and families. Dr. Herrmann is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Arizona Psychological Association, and is credentialed by the National Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology. For a more detailed biography, see Dr. Herrmann’s curriculum vitae.

Practice Philosophy :

I firmly believe that children / adolescents are best poised to thrive and succeed in life when they have consistently positive encounters with supportive, caring adults and mentors. Because not all children and adolescents have regular access to such individuals, I strive to make my therapeutic encounters with children / adolescents as positive and meaningful as possible. I use a variety of therapeutic and clinical techniques, with my primary approach being behavioral / cognitive-behavioral in orientation. I entered the field of psychology in 1989 in order to make a positive difference in the lives of children, adolescents, and young adults; and to help them overcome roadblocks and challenges that have surfaced in their lives. This continues to reflect the central focus of my practice. I am solution oriented in my approach, and seek to help my clients realize tangible growth, development and positive change. In addition to therapeutic services, I also provide diagnostic and assessment services. Common problem areas that I routinely work with in my practice include adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), behavioral problems, substance abuse disorders, social skills development, toileting problems (enuresis / encopresis), and parenting issues. I also provide family-based marital / couples counseling, and believe that stable and consistent adults are an essential environmental component necessary for raising healthy and well-adjusted children. Evening and Saturday appointments are available.

Sia Sipsas-Herrmann, Ph.D.

Biography :

Dr. Sia Sipsas-Herrmann is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA, and her masters and doctoral degrees in educational psychology / school psychology from Arizona State University. She has specialized training in autism and pervasive developmental disorders, and has served as lead psychologist in the Washington Elementary School District's Autism Program for over 7 years. Dr. Sipsas-Herrmann has received specialized training in autism spectrum disorders through the UCLA Autism Clinic (under the direction of Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas), the University of North Carolina's TEACCH program, and the University of Michigan's Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). In addition to autism, Dr. Sipsas-Herrmann's professional interests include learning disorders, academic giftedness / precociousness, other pervasive developmental disorders, behavior modification and early intervention. Dr. Sipsas-Herrmann’s professional activities have encompassed work as an evaluator and diagnostician, a behavioral therapist, a school psychologist, a treating psychologist, and as a consultant. Dr. Sipsas-Herrmann has served as an autism / pervasive developmental disorder consultant to school districts and agencies in both the United States and Canada. Dr. Sipsas-Herrmann's professional memberships (past and /or present) have included the American Psychological Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the Autism Society of America. For a more detailed biography, see Dr. Sipsas-Herrmann's curriculum vitae.

Practice Philosophy :

As a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist, my professional focus has consistently centered upon improving the lives of children and adolescents. I am particularly interested in helping children and adolescents through school and home-based intervention efforts. For the past 15 years I have maintained a special focus on children and families who are navigating the challenges of autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. I have been especially privileged to have been included as a member of home-based intervention teams, and truly value my relationships that have developed with families through these home-based interventions. I am also keenly interested in academic precociousness and gifted education. I believe that gifted children are entitled to receiving appropriately challenging academic curricula in much the same way that learning disabled children are entitled to receiving special accommodations and services. Having worked in school systems for many years, I am acutely aware of the challenges and obstacles that families can encounter when seeking services for their children, and in the importance of "advocacy" when attempting to initiate and maintain such services. In addition to direct clinical services, I specialize in providing diagnostic / assessment services and report writing that meets both school and state eligibility requirements. Common problem areas that I routinely work with in my practice include autism / autism spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, learning disabilities, academic giftedness / precociousness, emotional / behavioral disorders, and other developmental disabilities.

Lisa Donsker, M.C., LPC

Biography :

Lisa Donsker is a licensed professional counselor (LPC). She completed her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and her masters degree in counseling from Arizona State University. Lisa has completed specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, has trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI), and is also a certified advanced Spanish speaker. Lisa's practice focus includes child / adolescent therapy, parent coaching, depression / grief / trauma work, therapeutic interventions with at-risk youth and family systems counseling. For a more detailed biography, see Lisa Donsker's curriculum vitae.

Practice Philosophy :

As a licensed professional counselor, my therapeutic work has centered mostly upon issues involving at-risk youth, trauma / grief, substance abuse issues and family systems dynamics. I use a variety of tools and techniques in my therapeutic work, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Having worked with troubled youth and families for many years, I pride myself on being able to see beyond a child or adolescent's presenting problems, and at being able to help them discover and resolve blocks and obstacles that have given rise to such problems. I believe that most every child, adolescent or parent has an innate capacity for positive growth and development, and that my job as a therapist is to help people cultivate and develop themselves to their fullest potential.

Rg Allen Haugen, M.A.

Biography :

Rg Haugen is a psychometrist and certified school psychologist. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Arizona State University, and has also earned a master's degree in psychology of education from this same institution. Rg has worked as a school psychologist in Arizona since 2007, and has a wealth of practical experience testing and assessing children. His areas of expertise include assessing cognitive, academic and social / emotional functioning. For a more detailed biography, see Rg's curriculum vitae.

Practice Philosophy :

As a psychometrist and certified school psychologist, my professional activities involve conducting accurate and valid assessments of youth. I am well versed in many different psychological testing instruments and protocols. However, beyond technical skills, I also know that establishing and maintaining rapport with youth is of paramount importance if they are to perform at their best during testing. I strive to make every contact with youth as warm and inviting as possible, and I also know how to have fun in-between testing tasks in order to keep their motivation high!

Steven Farmer, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, NCC

Biography :

Dr. Steven Farmer is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), national certified counselor (NCC) and licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). He obtained his bachelor's degree from Concordia University in 1989, and obtained a master of divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in 1994. Thereafter, Steve earned an MA and Ph.D. in counseling, marriage and family therapy from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX. Steve has held academic appointments with the University of Texas, the University of North Texas, and Northern Arizona University. In his clinical practice, his clients typically include pre-adolescents, adolescents, young adults, and adult aged clients. Areas of clinical expertise include relationship / family issues, mood / emotional regulation, anxiety, phase of life, and gender identity / sexual orientation issues. In addition to English, Dr. Farmer is also partially fluent in conversational Spanish. For a more detailed biography, see Dr.Steve's curriculum vitae.

Practice Philosophy :

As a clinician in the behavioral health field for over 15 years, my focus has been centered on helping individuals confront and move past their personal challenges. I believe that the relationship between clinician and client is the foundation upon which all other work is built, and I invest heavily in establishing and maintaining rapport in the therapeutic setting. In my work with clients I employ a strengths-based approach, and utilize an eclectic variety of tools and techniques to help me clients achieve tangiglbe solutions to their problems.

Tania Lopez-Cepero, MA, LPC, NCC

Biography :

Tania Lopez-Cepero is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She completed her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida. Thereafter, she completed her master's degree in counseling from Northern Arizona University in Phoenix, Arizona. Tania has also received specialized training in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and in Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA) counseling. ACRA is an alcohol and substance use treatment protocol designed for use with adolescents and young adults. Tania's practice focus includes working with children and adolescents who are experiencing problems with depression, anxiety, anger, adjustment disorders/coping, fears/phobias, grief/loss, trauma, substance abuse, and behavioral issues. She also assists parents who are experiencing difficulties with their children or teens. Tania is fully fluent in English and Spanish. For a more detailed biography, please see Tania Lopez-Cepero's curriculum vitae.

Practice Philosophy :

I view counseling as a collaborative partnership between therapist and client. I believe that all children, teens and adults have the ability to reach their full potential if they have a safe environment, expert guidance, and a knowledgeable support system in place. I have worked with children and families in different contexts over the past 12 years, and have consistently enjoyed helping those I work with overcome obstacles in their lives. I use cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT), motivational interviewing techniques (MI), solution focused brief therapy techniques, and other strength based approaches. I sincerely love my job as a professional counselor, and couldn't imagine myself doing anything else! Daytime, evening and weekend appointments are available.

Nicole Roskens, MC, LPC

Biography :

Nicole Roskens is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who is also a certified EMDR therapist. She completed her bachelor's degree in social work from University of South Dakota, and her master degree in counseling from the University of Phoenix. Nicolehas served as the Clinical Director of Maricopa County’s “Cradles to Crayons” program for over5years, and has also provided direct practice to children and families for over 17 years. She is trained in a number of specialized therapeutic modalities and techniques, including Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Crucial Conversations, and Ages & Stages Developmental Screening. She has alsocompleted the Harris Infant Mental Health Clinical Certification Program. For a more detailed biography see Nicole’s curriculum vitae.

Practice Philosophy :

As a clinician in the behavioral health field for over 17 years, I understand both the joys and challenges associated with childhood and parenting. Although it can be a beautiful journey, there can also be significant challenges. In my practice with children, adolescents and families I have developed an awareness of some of the most common problems associated with each developmental stage, as well as best practice solutions and remedies to solve such problems. I have worked with issues spanning from simple adjustment problems to complex trauma, and am familiar with cognitive-behavioral interventions, structured and unstructured play therapy, sand tray therapy, EMDR, and many other treatment modalities. I employ a strength-based approach in my work with youth and families, and utilize an eclectic variety of tools and techniques to achieve concrete solutions. I believe that the relationship between clinician and client is the foundation upon which all other work is built, and I invest heavily in establishing and maintaining rapport with my clients. Each day I come to the office feeling honored and privileged to be able to join my clients on their journey towards optimal growth, development and fulfillment.