Our Practice
Welcome to Beyond Counseling

Beyond Counseling provides a continuum of children’s 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 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 therapist used the Gottman Method of Couples counseling and have been trained in play therapy.



Our team
Angela Boyd, LPC
Clinical Director

Ms. Boyd has experience serving elderly, adults, adolescents and children providing individual, couples, and families. She creates a safe, compassionate and a friendly environment to support people to overcome challenges in their life.  She has 30 years of work in the mental health, social service, substance abuse, autism, physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mentoring, crisis intervention, in-service training, prevention programs, group facilitation and criminal justice fields. Extensively trained in the diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders. 

Treatment areas include:


* Couples Counseling

* 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.

Dr. Theodora Carter, D.B.H., LPC

Theodora completed her Masters in Counseling at Arizona State University in 2001, and her Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University in 2011. Theodora has been licensed as an independent practitioner since 2004.

She brings over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field with counseling experience across a variety of treatment settings including private practice, community based service, correctional health and inpatient hospitalization.


Her interests and specialties include serving clients with:

Grief and Loss




Stress Management

Integration of health and wellness in mental health


Theodora uses a variety of modalities that incorporate best practices from psycho-educational, cognitive behavioral, problem solving, solution based and integrative and holistic approaches.

Nutaila Rizwi, Master in Counseling, LAC. Licensed Associate Counselor

Bilingual Therapist (Urdu/Hindi)

Nutaila Rizwi completed her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Peshawar, Pakistan in 1999 and then her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Ottawa University, Phoenix in 2015. Nutaila is licensed as a Licensed Associate Counselor.

She has several years of work experience across a variety of treatment settings include; residential substance abuse , community-based services under Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Maricopa County. Nutaila has worked with individuals of varying ages and backgrounds in the following areas:


·       Self-image and Self-Esteem Issues

·       Communication skills

·       Parent/Child or Partner Relational Problems

·       Domestic Violence/Abuse 

·       Schizophrenia

·       Mood Disorders

·       Anxiety Disorders

·       Physical, Sexual, Emotional Abuse

·       Anger and Stress Management

·       Dual Diagnoses

·       Substance Use Issues

Nutaila is eclectic and uses a blend of Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, Reality Based, and psycho-education .Nutaila is also fluent in Urdu/Hindi language.

Isabella Moreno, Ed. S., M.S, LAC, LASAC
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, 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. 

Aaron Jacobson, MS, LAC

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; and 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 building 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

Armando Grijalva, MC. LAC
Bilingual Therapist (English-Spanish)

Armando C. Grijalva is a Licensed Associate Counselor working with child, adolescent, individual and family therapy in English and Spanish.  He 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. 

Trained in the use of  Sandplay Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.  He also exercises elements of Adlerian Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Structural Family Therapy in his therapy sessions. 

Mark Mansfield, MS, LAC

 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 Sandplay and Storyplay> interventions. He is passionate about helping others heal, grow, and > reach their full potential.

Brian Bednar, MC, LAC

Brian Bednar has experience serving the elderly, adults and adolescents. He has worked for twenty-one years in the criminal justice field working with seriously mentally ill adults, adults with general mental health disorders, and adults with sexually maladaptive behaviors. Brian also has worked in several settings with adults and adolescents with developmentally disabilities.  He completed his Master Degree in Community

Counseling from the University of Phoenix in 2010. Brian is a Licensed Associate

Counselor. He has several years of clinical experience working with adolescents on standard juvenile probation, adolescents on probation for sexually oriented offenses, and seriously mentally ill adults in group and individual settings. Brian is trained in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and utilizes elements of Modified Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Brian has worked with individuals in the following areas:


Substance Abuse

Dual Diagnoses Anger Management

Schizophrenia/Bipolar Disorder

Communication Skills

Sexually Maladaptive Behaviors

Independent Living Skills

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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 they should. They may be angry, frustrated, don’t follow your rules, or have other behavioral or emotional issues. Also, kids process death, family break-up, or even new people joining the family different. They may get quiet or angry. We help with both.  We specialize in Sandplay therapy and play therapy.





















Frustrated Parents


Frustrated Parents: We help parents to be even better parents by looking at what you are doing really well already. We then teach new skills and check in as to how it is going.























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 that want better relationships. We also specialize in helping adults and kids that have been newly diagnosed with psychoeducation classes. If you are not sure if we can help, send us an email, we’d love to talk. info@beyondcounseling.net or call us at 480-900-8765.  





We have moved to our new building in Gilbert. Only a few miles away from our Mesa Office.



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