Our Team


Vanessa L Mills, MEd, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson
Vanessa Mills, M.Ed., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Director
Let me begin with my experience. I received my degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in School Counseling with an Emphasis in Counseling in 2008. Since then, I had the opportunity to gain a wealth of experience working in local agencies and at Pima County Juvenile Detention Center.  I primarily work with children, adolescents and families. However, I do have experience treating adults and enjoy working with all ages.
The areas of treatment I choose to focus on are: anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, family relational problems, parenting support and trauma related to physical or sexual abuse. I embrace a holistic approach to treating each individual.  This means, I believe in treating the whole person by creating individualized treatment plans integrating, meditation, yoga, massage therapy, acupuncture and alternative therapies such as EMDR and neurofeedback.
I am passionate about my work and am dedicated to the success of each of my clients. I admire those who seek help during difficult times in their life despite it seeming easier to give up. It’s important for you to know that my goal is to develop a strong therapeutic relationship where you feel supported and empowered to get through the difficult times. In my work and in my personal life, you will find I am compassionate, empathetic and supportive.  I am client-centered and offer a safe, trusting and non- judgmental environment.

 


Melissa Rosinski, Licensed Associate Counselor in Tucson
Melissa Rosinski, LAC
Licensed Associate Counselor
I believe that the most important element of counseling is creating a safe space where my clients feel heard, understood, and supported. This relationship, based on nonjudgmental acceptance, is the foundation for the work we will do together. I believe that you are the expert on your own life, and that through counseling you can uncover your unique strengths and resilience to manage challenges, grow, and thrive.
I enjoy working with children/families and adults of all ages, with a special focus on teens and young adults. I work from a client-centered perspective and I often incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist clients in identifying and changing negative thinking patterns that may be holding them back. In my work with children, I often use play therapy and structured sensory interventions. I enjoy helping my clients to access the healing power of mindfulness and self-compassion.
My experience includes many years working in local nonprofit agencies. I’ve provided outpatient therapy services for children and adolescents involved in the child welfare system and worked as a supervisor of a foster care program. My most recent experience was working in a private inpatient residential program for adolescents and adults. I earned a Master of Science in Counseling degree from the University of Phoenix in 2012, and I’m licensed in the state of Arizona. I am a Certified Trauma Practitioner (National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, 2015).

 


Megan Addis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson
Megan Addis, M.Ed., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor, Therapist
My goal is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for you to explore the issues you find challenging in your life. I am supportive, non-judgmental, and client centered. I will help you navigate turning points, heal past hurts, identify your strengths, and gain the tools and confidence you need to experience satisfaction with your life. We will work together to make sense of the road blocks preventing you from being your authentic self, and you will learn coping skills to help manage new difficulties when they occur. Together we can turn your current situation into the life you want and deserve.
I have extensive experience working with adolescents, adults and families presenting with a variety of challenges: anxiety, depression, stress management, relationships, parenting, divorce, singles/dating, grief/loss, anger, substance abuse, and eating disorders. I bring a unique approach of integrating cognitive behavioral, insight oriented and person centered therapy.I believe everyone can change, and when we work together, there are no limits to the changes you can make. “The good life is a process, not a state of being.” Carl Rogers

 


Christine
Christine “CC” White, M.Ed., LAC
Child & Family Clinician
Often times when someone reaches out for counseling, they are looking to find new strategies, to become more successful, fulfilled and grounded in themselves, their relationships, and overall life.  My therapeutic style is solution focused and strength based.  This allows me to pull from your strengths and resources, working through negative past experiences, patterns and frustrations, leading and preparing you in the direction of positive change and success for years to come.
My clientele often includes individuals, children and families.  My areas of treatment include anxiety, depression, transitions, family relational problems and emotional stress.  I specialize in child-centered play therapy, with filial components, solving many family struggles of anger, behavior concerns, communication and relationships challenges.  My passion and excitement for counseling has allowed me to see great successes in my clients, their ability to leave treatment with skills, techniques and resources that catapult them to their next level is captivating.
Working in the therapeutic arena for over 15 years, has allowed me to present at conferences, facilitate training’s, consult with numerous private & public schools, speak at universities, lead early childhood social skills groups and countless workshops and training’s for parents and families – all in the name of increasing positive communication between children and those in their lives.  I am excited to bring my knowledge, insight and expertise to New Leaf Integrative Wellness Center!  Working with individuals, families and schools, struggling to find the balance of expectations, limit setting, learning and love.

 


Vernice Morris, Licensed Associate Counselor in Tucson
Vernice Morris, LMSW
Licensed Master’s Social Worker
Are you tired of trying the same old things and not seeing the results you want? Are you fed up with your depression/anxiety getting in the way of you having a more fulfilling and active life? Do you want to experience life on life’s terms? Are you wondering what it all means? Come and Create a future of your design. I have a fresh approach to doing CBT, DBT, art therapy, group therapy, mindfulness, and EMDR. Therapy will be catered to your needs, as we work collaboratively to meet your goals. Let us begin the journey together.
I am a LMSW with eight years of experience. The populations I work with are teenagers, young adults, those suffering from depression and anxiety, self esteem issues, LGBTQ, older adults, grief and lost, domestic abuse, sexual assault, adoption/foster care, and veterans and their families.As a therapist my goal is to support you on the journey of Creating a Future of Your Design.

 


Amber Grafe, Licensed Associate Counselor in Tucson
Amber Grafe, MSC, LAC, RYT
Licensed Associate Counselor
I believe in healing power of laughter and the importance of nurturing a warm, accepting environment where clients are comfortable, at ease, and safe. Therapy has the capacity to help each of us on our journey through life. Changes in our lives, unresolved past events, and worries about the future can severely deplete our emotional resources. These things can effect how we care for ourselves and others.
I specialize in helping clients overcome anxiety and trauma. I believe that, through processing our emotions, we can heal and grow. With understanding, we discover how to flourish in our ever-evolving lives.
Life’s challenges are an opportunity for emotional and spiritual growth. My aspiration, through therapy and acceptance, is to help each of my clients experience healthy, fulfilling, authentic lives and emotional well-being.

 


Cota Piehl, Licensed Associate Counselor in Tucson
Cota Piehl, LAC
Licensed Associate CounselorMy therapeutic style follows a diverse and holistic approach. Based on your needs, various modalities are implemented along with a thorough integration of the mind, body, and spirit into the treatment plan. Together, we will develop healthy coping mechanisms.  Through the use of cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR and mindfulness, we identify and address negative thought patterns and replace with positive cognition’s, reprocess past traumatic events and bring resolution where it’s needed. I want you to feel empowered, and walk away with newfound happiness and contentment.
My education includes an undergraduate degree in Anthropology, with an emphasis in Cultural Anthropology from Utah State University, and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northern Arizona University.  I have experience working with refugees and native communities. I primarily work with adults, couples and families, especially those from diverse backgrounds.  I specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, self-esteem, grief and eating disorders.
Securing a connection is paramount before moving forward in our therapeutic relationship.  I am a supportive, understanding, compassionate and accepting individual offering a safe and nonjudgmental therapeutic environment.  I look forward being a part of your positive transformation.