MENDING HEARTS STAFF

 
Sharon Carl

Sharon Carl, MA, LPC, RPT-S

President/CEO of Mending Hearts

Sharon holds an M.A. degree in Counseling from Ottawa University and an M.A. in Education from Arizona State University. Additionally, she holds an Advanced Graduate Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Ottawa University. Sharon is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, has advanced training in play therapy, attachment therapy and early childhood trauma, as well as non-profit leadership.

Sharon's areas of special interest include attachment, trauma recovery, adoption issues, grief and loss, infertility, ADHD and blended families. Sharon is an adoptive parent and a firmer foster parent. She is married, has three children and six grandchildren.

Sharon's Scripture foundation for ministry is Isaiah 61:1-3.


Kristi Estrada

Kristi Estrada, BA, MAPC

Kristi received her Master’s in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.

Kristi's passion is to help restore victims of trauma and abuse. She also works with family relationship issues, anxiety, depression and grief. Her desire and passion is to see people healed and restored for the glory of God





Crystal McCabe, M.Ed. MC, LAC

Crystal earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Thiel College, a Masters of Science in Education/Special Education degree from Grand Canyon University, and a Masters of Science in Professional Counseling degree from Grand Canyon University. Crystal is in the final stage of completing her doctorate program  at Grand Canyon University in General Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Crystal spent 7 years teaching children with emotional and learning disabilities. She currently teaches in the Special Education Department at Grand Canyon University. Prior to teaching, Crystal worked as a Program Specialist in a workshop setting, helping adults with mental retardation and traumatic brain injuries. Crystal has also worked inpatient psychiatric with both adults and children providing individual and group counseling as well as outpatient treatment in the patient’s homes, schools, and community.

Her experiences and passion for helping others has helped her discover a special interest in working with children, adolescents, and individuals and families with disabilities. Other areas of special interest include grief/loss counseling, trauma, and behavior management.

Crystal is married to Mike and has two sons.


Sandy O’Connell, BS, MS, LAC

Sandy holds a B.S. degree from Santa Clara University and a M.S. degree in Counseling from Grand Canyon University.  She has received advanced training and certification in Spiritual Direction from The Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson.

Sandy’s experience includes working under the supervision of the Director of Counseling at The Franciscan Renewal Center and is passionate about integrating Christian based principles into her work.  She meets with those who are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, challenges with life transitions, and those who desire to work through issues which may be interfering with fulfilling their life purpose.

Sandy’s favorite scripture passage and source of motivation in her work and ministry is Philippians 4:4-9.


Eldon Post

Eldon Post, MAPC, LACh, LAC

Eldon received his Master's Degree in Professional Counseling at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is also a Licensed Associate of Chiropathy with the Commission on Religious Counseling & Healing, and is a Licensed Associate Counselor with the State of Arizona.

Eldon has been in full-time professional Christian ministry since 1971, as a senior pastor and served as a counselor for a national discipleship ministry. He has served as a senior pastor and professional counselor with Mending Hearts Family Services since 2010 with a focus on marriage relationships, men's issues, anger management, and addictive behaviors.

Eldon effectively integrates vital truth through balanced theoretical approaches and a Christian worldviewl.


Dawna Snider

Dawna Snider, LAC

Dawna Snider is a Licensed Associate Counselor with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health. She graduated from Ottawa University with a Master’s in Professional Counseling with an emphasis on trauma, abuse and deprivation.

Danwa's counseling focus is on building safety necessary for clients to do their personal work. She works with a variety of issues including, depression, anxiety, trauma, and self- esteem. She works with women and teens as well as middle school ages.

One of Dawna's favorite quotes is, “It is better to sit with the broken than walk with the great…”


MENDING HEART, BOARD


Sharon Carl

Sharon Carl - Founder, President/CEO

Sharon holds an M.A. degree in Counseling from Ottawa University and an M.A. in Education from Arizona State University. Additionally, she holds an Advanced Graduate Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Ottawa University. She is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and has advanced training in play therapy, attachment therapy and early childhood trauma, as well as non-profit leadership.

Sharon currently provides professional counseling through Mending Hearts Family Services. She is skilled in working with bonding and attachment, trauma recovery, adoption issues, grief and loss, infertility, ADHD and blended families. She specializes in children, teens and families. Sharon, who is herself a foster and adoptive parent, is married with three children and six grandchildren.


Joni Pourchot

Joni Pourchot - Vice President

Joni Pourchot is a Phoenix native with over 20 years of experience in the accounting field, working in Phoenix and overseas. Her expertise is in the non-profit sector, working in the behavioral health, social service, and medical fields.

In June 2008, Ms Pourchot graduated with honors from the Masters in Business Administration program at Keller Graduate School of Management. Her business is Pourchot Accounting, LLC.


Brenda Cochran

Brenda Cochran - Secrectary & Clinical Director

Brenda holds both a BSW and MSW from Arizona State University. Additionally she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Arizona and a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor through the International Board of Christian Counselors.

Brenda oversees the counseling and recovery ministry at Pure Heart Christian Fellowship. She is skilled in providing leadership and administrative oversight to organizations and programs that are at all levels of growth and development. Her passion is to provide excellent treatment programming through a quality clinical staff that uses cutting edge treatment approaches with integrity and compassion.

Brenda's clinical experience includes private practice as well as crisis and group therapy at a local psychiatric hospital. She has advanced training in the treatment of sex addiction, personality disorders and childhood trauma.

Brenda is married and has two grown children.


Mike Marks

Mike Marks - Treasurer

Mike Marks is a pastor at Echo Mountain Church. Mr. Marks has also been very involved in non-profit business and technology for the past fifteen years and has served the behavioral health and social service groups quite closely.

Mr. Marks and his wife of fourty-one years have a married daughter.


Qualifications

 Therapists/Counselors

Counselors working directly with consumers in individual, family, marital, or group therapy, shall have at least a master's degree or be an intern in an accredited university counseling program or social work program. Master's level therapists with related social work/mental health degrees are most often used and are preferred. All therapists shall be licensed through the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Failure or inability to qualify, or to come into compliance with these requirements, shall be reason enough for dismissal. Those counselors who are not yet licensed receive direct supervision.

Pastoral Counseling

The primary objective of pastoral counseling is to offer spiritual and emotional care through Theocentric therapy. Pastoral counseling is a dynamic and rich approach to life's issues from a Christian world view. Pastoral counseling draws on the wisdom of research from the best theoretical perspectives that are consistent with Biblical principles, providing insight into the human condition.

Consultants

Mending Hearts Family Services uses consultants in various professional disciplines on an as needed basis. These include, but are not limited to, the following: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Neurologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Medical Doctors, Speech Therapists, Teachers and Clergy.

 

 

Mending Hearts Board Members
(L-R) Brenda Cochran, Mike Marks, Sharon Carl, Joni Pourchot