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Staff


Dr. Daniel Christiano, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Christiano received his BA Psychology (1973) and his MS Counseling (1975) from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY. He received a doctoral fellowship from Arizona State University and completed his Ph.D. Counseling Psychology (1981). Prior to his doctoral studies, he had been a certified teacher, counselor, and school psychologist. More recently, he has been a clinical consultant to area adolescent and adult treatment facilities. 

As a psychologist, he served as Clinical Director of both adolescent and children's treatment programs at St. Luke's Behavioral Health Center and Westbridge Center for Children. While here, Dr. Christiano developed the first inpatient adolescent chemical dependency program (1981) in Phoenix, AZ. It was also here that Dr. Christiano conceptualized and implemented Treasure Island, an interactive parenting program. With the collaboration of Jeremy Warner, this program for children with impulse and behavior problems, evolved into a dynamic, animated computer program called Voyage of the Navigator. He was also Clinical Director of the Behavioral Health Program at Phoenix Adolescent Recovery Program (Parc Place) from 1990 to 1993, a Consulting Psychologist (1990 to 1996) at Desert Samaritan Behavioral Health Center, and School Psychologist (1992 to 1996) in the Gilbert, AZ Public School District. 

His specialized training includes both developmental counseling and assessment as well as organizational development and consultation. Dr. Christiano's doctoral internship experience included each of these areas as well as supervised training experience in employee assistance where he worked with chemically dependent patients and their families. He focuses on brief therapy within an eclectic treatment approach and developmental framework for all age clients.

Recently, he taught graduate courses in Educational Psychology and Educational Research Departments at Northern Arizona University. He has also authored a book entitled, "Paradox, The Psychology of Spirituality", which reflects the many experiences he has had as a psychologist.






Dr. Mary Ann Thirakul, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist


Dr. Mary Ann Thirakul received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and English from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.  She received her Masters of Arts and her Doctorate in Psychology degrees from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Thirakul completed the clinical psychology program with specializations in children, adolescents, and seriously mentally ill populations.

Dr. Thirakul completed a Pre-doctoral internship with the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine working with the County of Summit Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and Coleman Professional Services. Dr. Thirakul completed her Post-doctoral fellowship with the Menta Group in clinical administration working in a behavioral school setting. She has had experience working in a variety of settings including mental health outpatient programs, schools, residential treatment, a wilderness program, and private practice. Dr. Thirakul is originally from Chicago, IL and moved to the East Valley in 2005. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband.

 




Dr. Harvey Shubert, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Harvey Shubert, Ph.D. has been in clinical practice in both private practice ad program-based care for over 30 years, working with adolescents, children, adults, families and couples. He received his doctorate degree from the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Maryland in 1980. In addition to private practice since 1981, he was a staff psychologist at an intensive adolescent treatment program for 30 years. Post doctorate training included externships in Family Therapy and in Analytic Group Psychotherapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry. His approach to working with clients is eclectic and includes Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Anxiety reduction and Family Structural techniques. Specialty areas include adolescents, childhood behavior and adjustment issues and attention deficit. With adults Dr. Shubert works with issues of anxiety, mood disorders, chemical dependency and relationship issues. 





Dr. Stacy E. LaMorgese, Psy.D.
Associate Psychologist


Dr. LaMorgese is currently an associate psychologist after completing her post-doctural residency here at East Valley Counseling Associates. Dr. LaMorgese has had over four years of intensive training in the Family Forensic Psychology and Clinical psychology fields. She obtained her doctorate at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to joining East Valley Counseling Associates, Dr. LaMorgese conducted individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, psychological assessments, learning disorder assessments, and psychodiagnostic assessments at Canyon State Academy and with the Glendale Union High School District.

Dr. LaMorgese has her own child, raised four step-children, and foster-adopted twins. She has rich personal and professional experience dealing with blended families through both marriage and social service systems. Dr. LaMorgese is a certified instructor of the High Conflict Diversion Program, a course designed to help parents learn to parallel parent after a very high conflict divorce; she has been trained through Association of Family Conciliation Courts as a Parent Coordinator; and, Dr. LaMorgese is trained to administer EMDR for many types of issues in addition to crisis intervention. She works with individuals, couples, families, and completes psychological assessments for self-directed and court-ordered clients. Dr. LaMorgese believes in a strength-based approach and meeting her clients where they are. 






Aynsley Babinski, MA
Psychology Intern


Aynsley Babinski, MA is current a Psychology Pre-doctoral Intern from Arizona School of Professional Psychology in Phoenix, Arizona. During her doctoral training, Mrs. Babinski has worked in community mental health at Southwest Behavioral Health Services, in their school-based counseling program, private practice at Wooten and Associates and at a substance use treatment facility for women, the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) in Phoenix, Arizona. Mrs. Babinski has experience conducting individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and psychodiagnostic assessments throughout her training.

Aynsley has a professional and personal interest in perinatal health, that is, working with families during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She is an active member of Postpartum Support International - Arizona chapter, and strives to connect families and providers to perinatal mental health resources. Aynsley has been certified through PSI-AZ as a trained perinatal mental health provider. She also works with individuals, couples, families, and completes psychological assessments for self-directed and court ordered clients. Aynsley uses a client-centered, strength-based approach to treatment to help clients with their problems in the moment.





Dr. Natasha
Service Dog

Dr. Natasha is a certified service dog who is here to help clients feel comfortable. She has been trained by her owner, Dr. LaMorgese, as well as received strict obedience and service dog training through several outside services. Dr. Naasha is a Blue French Bulldog, born September 16, 2014. Her favorite pastime is helping children feel comfortable when they are entering therapy. In her spare time, Dr. Natasha likes to play with her little brother, Charlie Kitty. Dr. Natasha does not accept insurance, but she works for pets and belly rubs.




Jan Anderson

Senior Court Manager
Administrative Coordinator


Jan graduated from the University of California at Davis (1973) with a BA in History. She spent most of her life in California and now resides in Arizona. Jan has a variety of experience, including banking and operating a  home-based word processing/ desktop publishing business (while her children were growing up). She also has six years' front office experience in a counseling office, prior to joining East Valley Counseling Associates. 

Jan's interests include swimming, watching classic movies and crime-related TV programs, reading, and spending time with friends and relatives. Jan and her late husband were married for 30 years and have twin sons, both of whom are married -- and one granddaughter. Jan also has two dogs and three cats.







Barb Mertz
Receptionist

Bio coming!





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