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Our Practice
Welcome to Beyond Counseling

Beyond Counseling LLC, provides a continuum of mental health services from early intervention to intensive therapy treatment. Our overall philosophy is based on the value of preserving individual and family integrity by helping children, individuals, couples and families build on their innate strengths. We empower our clients by guiding them through the process of identifying and implementing solutions to their problems.


We provide mental health services for children, adolescents, their families, couples, and individual adults by strengthening their ability to successfully cope with social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Services include individual, group, and/or family therapy; skill-building; and parent training.

Many of our therapists use the Gottman Method of couples counseling and have been trained in play therapy.



Our team

Aaron Jacobson, M.S., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Gottman Method Level 2 for Couples 


Beyond Counseling is a place to explore your true self and confront the trials of life. Together, we create a sacred space for healing, growth, and discovery. As a counselor, hearing your story is one of my greatest privileges. It is my hope that as your life story unfolds, we can better prepare you (the main character) to face and embrace the challenges, opportunities and events that shape you.

We will identify the gifts and qualities within you that bring about a sense of satisfaction and direction, then examine the assumptions about life that may no longer be serving you. We will also strengthen those beliefs which guide you onward toward a greater sense of fulfillment.

In our sessions, we learn to trust in the therapeutic process, as well build trust between one another. I offer my counsel for your journey toward a consistent sense of well-being. It is an honor to be of service to you.  Mr. Jacobson has been trained in Gottman Method Level 2 for Couples Counseling

Erica Ayala, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor



I believe while our minds carry our emotional stress, our bodies do, too. We store trauma and stress in our bodies and I am looking forward to helping you to reprocess and release that trauma. What is trauma, exactly? It is any stressor that occurs in a sudden and forceful way and is experienced as overwhelming. My passion is helping my clients resolve deeper problems hidden beneath the current patterns. Whatever has you feeling stuck, I am looking forward to be a source of energy and direction as you choose to become unstuck.

I am passionate about exploring your story with you, at your own pace, with the strengths, insights, and spirituality that are important to you. I provide a safe place to be heard and understood, supportive listening, thoughtful questions, the sharing of insights, exploration of ideas, an opportunity to explore mindfulness, and practical suggestions. It brings me great joy to empower my clients to discover and foster their innate strengths while providing help to grow their tool box.

John Swearengin , LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor


Mr. Swearengin has experience serving the elderly, adults and young adults. He creates a safe, compassionate and a friendly environment to support people overcoming challenges in their life.  He has several years of experience in the mental health, social services, substance abuse, and physical disabilities. 

Treatment areas include:


* Trauma 


* Anxiety and stress management

* Anger management  


At the end of therapy patients will leave with emotions, understanding and perspectives that will lead to a healthy and useful behavior and interactions.

Isabella Moreno, Ed. S., M.S., LPC, LASAC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified School Psychologist
Bilingual Therapist (English/Italian)

Isabella  Moreno is a licensed associate professional counselor and a licensed associate substance abuse counselor in the State of Arizona with 20 years experience working in community agencies, schools, and more recently, the substance abuse field.

Ms. Moreno has received training in Structural Family Therapy at the Child Guidance Clinic and University of Pennsylvania and a post graduate certification in marriage and family therapy from Saint Mary’s University, MN.  Ms. Moreno is also a nationally and Arizona certified school psychologist, where she has worked in public schools for more than 20 years.

Isabella has extensive experience conducting groups,  is versed in sand tray therapy and prefers a blend of solution-focused and narrative approach when working with adults. Ms. Moreno is also versed in psycho-educational assessment with children and adolescents.

Ms. Moreno believes in empowering clients and families to rewrite their narratives going away from problem-saturated stories and embracing new and more hopeful narratives.  Ms. Moreno firmly believes that “the problem is the problem; the person is not the problem” as Michael White, late narrative therapist often said.  Ms. Moreno has been trained in Level 2 for Couples Counseling. 

Rosa Ruales, MS MFT. LPC, LAMFT, MBA
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapy
Bilingual Therapist (English/Spanish)

Rosa Ruales is a Licensed Professional Counselor working with child, adolescent, individual and family therapy in English and Spanish.  She creates a safe and compassionate environment in which self-understanding and self-empowerment are explored and promoted to create healthier, sustainable, and greatly fulfilling change. 

He is trained in the use of Sand Therapy and play therapy.    Ms. Ruales has been trained in the Gottman Method for Couples Counseling (level 3)

Mark Mansfield, M.S., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor


Mark Mansfield, MC, LAC has been a therapist for the past 18 years.  For a majority of that time he has worked with kids and their  families. His experience also includes time as a behavioral consultant and a training manager. Therapeutically he primarily works from a CBT framework but includes elements of DBT and narrative therapy as well as the more indirective play-based Sand Therapy  and StoryPlay® interventions. He is passionate about helping others heal, grow, and reach their full potential.

Tiffany O'connor, MC., LAC
Licensed Associate Counselor
Expressive Art Therapy


Tiffany’s experience includes working with children and adults, of various ages, as well as their families in both individual and with their family settings.  She uses Cognitive Behavioral techniques utilizing a creative approach in Expressive Art Therapy to allow one’s own personal expression guide them and their families through life’s challenges and barriers.  Her experience includes but is not limited to those struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, communication, self-awareness, life adjustments and children with Asperger/autism.  

Tiffany creates a safe, non-judgmental and open environment in which to explore the gifts of each individual client.  She allows them the space to for clients to navigate, express themselves safely while learning new ways to effectively communicate with others, increase self-esteem and build more fulfilling relationships.  

Seol Ki, MSW,  LMSW
Bilingual therapist (Korean & English)


Seol Ki is a general mental health therapist. She specializes in a large array of challenges including, but not limited to:  

  • Intercultural challenges including racism and discrimination

  • Interracial and/or international relationships

  • Problematic internet use including excessive online/mobile gaming or social media use

  • Stressors in higher education or academia

  • Substance use

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

As an immigrant herself, she understands acculturation-related stress for immigrants, international students, and interracial/intercultural relationships. She has conducted multiple research studies on health equity, internet gaming disorder, and opioid use disorder. With extensive experience in scientific research, Seol Ki uses evidence-based intervention strategies including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interview.


Seol earned a Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State University and Ph.D. in Communication from Rutgers University. She is licensed through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners as LMSW.

Karina Collins,  LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker
Trilingual Therapist (Spanish, Portuguese & English)

Karina has experience working with individuals of all ages experiencing depression, anxiety, life transitions, and interpersonal issues.   She values that every client is an individual with unique circumstances and strives to meet them where they are. Her approach is person-centered and strengths-based, focusing on empowering the individual. Karina believes that the most essential component to client growth and healing is a safe, nonjudgmental therapeutic environment.  

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Our practice provides mental health services for children, adolescents, their families, and adults by strengthening their ability to successfully cope with social and behavioral challenges. Services include individual, group, and/or family therapy; skill-building; and parent training.





















Angry Kids


Maybe they are not acting like as they should. They may be angry, frustrated, not following your rules, or have other behavioral or emotional issues. Kids process death, family break-up, or even new people joining the family differently than adults. They may get quiet or act out We help with both.  We specialize in sand therapy and play therapy.





















Frustrated Parents


Frustrated Parents: We help parents to be even better parents by looking at what they are doing really well already. We then teach new skills and check in periodically to monitor progress. 























Distant Couples


Sometimes the stress of life, parenting or money can get in the way of being the best possible couple. We work to help you restore the relationship from wherever it has been to head in a better direction.




















Everyone Else


We work with people that are dealing with depression, anxiety, sleep issues, and who want better relationships. We also specialize in helping adults and kids that have been newly diagnosed with psycho-education classes. If you are not sure if we can help, send us an email, we’d love to talk. or call us at 480-900-8765.  




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“I've tried out many therapists and felt as if they did not want to understand me as a person but just wanted to diagnose me as a patient/client.

Here I feel affirmed and valued as a client. Very helpful especially during these difficult times during the pandemic. Thank you Beyond Counseling!”

"When we entered counseling we had seemingly lost hope. Our sessions with AJ were extremely valuable and instrumental in saving our marriage. He was the best counselor we've ever had. He not only taught us about having a good marriage, but taught us how to be better people.  We are now excited to share a loving and fruitful future together. We would refer AJ to anyone and are sincerely grateful for him.


With appreciation,"


(Couples Client)

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