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Michael Munion, MA, LPC

Chief Psychology Officer

W. Michael Munion, MA, LPC, has been a practicing psychotherapist in Arizona since 1979 and has been affiliated with the Milton H Erickson Foundation since 1980. He is an activist in integrated primary and behavioral healthcare and has provided extensive workshops on Erickson & Brief Psychotherapy in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. He has taught about and written, edited and published books on psychotherapy. Munion’s leadership in the state of Arizona includes: member on the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners Counseling Credentialing Committee; delegate for Arizona to the National Policy Academy on the treatment of Co-Occurring Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders; and founding member of the Pinal Gila Child Abuse Prevention Council/Multi-Disciplinary Team.

Kathleen Donaghy, PhD

Kathleen Donaghy, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialties in pain management, behavioral medicine, oncology and conflict management. She currently has a private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona where she integrates her B.S. in Health Promotion/Wellness with less conventional methods such as energy psychology and hypnotherapy. Her approach is based on extensive training, research, and publications, and she offers individualized treatment for each patient. www.donaghypsychology.com

Matt Carlson, LPC, LAC, PhD Candidate

Matthew Carlson, LPC is a family man and specialist in emergency responder health and wellness. As a prior firefighter-EMT, he received numerous commendations for valor and life saves, battled through posttraumatic stress and addiction, and has dedicated his career to helping police, fire, and EMS thrive in the areas of health and wellness. He is nearing completion of a PhD in Advanced Human Behavior at Capella University, where he has been researching the relationship between affiliative humor and resilience among firefighters with posttraumatic stress. He’s dually licensed in mental health and addiction counseling, has been awarded for counseling excellence by his alma mater, serves as adjunct faculty in the areas of counseling and psychology with Cornerstone University Professional and Graduate Studies and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, has co-founded www.BuildingWarriors.net, an organization dedicated to mental wellness of police, fire, and EMS, and is often on an adventure in the mountains surrounding Winter Park, Colorado

Regina Robison, MA, LPC

Regina Robison, MA, LPC, has over 10 years experience as a therapist and currently has a private practice in Chandler, AZ. Regina had worked exclusively with the elderly and disabled population for over three years, many of whom suffered from chronic pain. Regina possesses a wealth of tools to help clients manage this chronic condition that is often so debilitating and can cause strong feelings of hopelessness. Among these tools are mindfulness techniques including meditation, tantric and yogic breathing, visualizations, and various ways of strengthening the mind-body connection. Regina believes, and the research shows, that many diseases that cause chronic pain are the result of trauma. Trauma of all kinds gets stored in the body and, if not processed and released, physical manifestations can begin to arise. Regina uses a variety of methods in helping clients take steps to heal their traumas and their bodies including somatic techniques to move trauma through and out of the body. She also provides education and resources for alternative options in managing chronic pain. Regina believes that every person is unique and approaches each client as such and with compassion, honor and without judgment. Her other specialties include working with adults who suffer from grief and loss, PTSD / C-PTSD, issues around addiction and compulsivity, all within a wide variety of lifestyles and family dynamics. Regina also has a primary specialty in a condition called Narcissistic Victim Syndrome, a cluster of debilitating symptoms one experiences as the direct result of being in a close relationship with a narcissist. Regina will be speaking on this issue at a behavioral health conference in 8/2017. You can visit Regina’s website at www.illuminatedpaththerapy.com

Tom Gussie, LAC

Tom Gussie became a member of the Mesa Police Department November 1978 and retired January 2015.  During his career, Tom recognized the need to train officers how to effectively deal with individuals in crisis. He became the mental health expert after receiving extensive training.  Tom became the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Coordinator for the Mesa Police Department in 2004.  Tom conducted four 40-hour training programs each year for the numerous Phoenix Valley police agencies on how to effectively handle individuals in crisis.   Tom also travels throughout the State of Arizona teaching mental health classes to law enforcement, behavioral health organizations, and other mental health providers. During his training, Tom specialized in trauma at the Veterans Hospital Tom worked in the Suicide Prevention Clinic and in the Jade/Opal Clinic.

Tom served on the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training board (AZPOST) as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in areas of Mental Health, Suicide, Police Officer Suicide, Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Crisis Intervention, and Excited Delirium.

Tom continues working at Crisis Preparation and Recovery as a licensed Trauma Counselor treating PTS, trauma related issues, and other mental health conditions.  Tom continues as a S.W.A.T. Team Negotiator with the Mesa Police Department utilizing his counseling skills dealing with crisis calls.

Tom owns and operates “Tactical Brain Training” and specializes in conducting agency specific training (both classroom and field problems) to police departments and attends to any other presenting training needs or concerns.  He responds to officers in crisis, critical incidents, counsels First Responders and/or attends to any other officer need.

Wendy Boring-Bray, LPC, DBH

Wendy Boring-Bray, LPC, DBH, is a licensed counselor, a Certified Anger Management Educator, a Recognized Associate Substance Abuse Counselor II, a Consultant helping medical facilities with integrated behavioral health or reverse integration, and is certified in Shared Decision Making for many medical conditions.  Dr. Wendy teaches several of the courses in the DBH program at a private academic institution. Dr. Wendy Boring-Bray earned her undergraduate degree from National University in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice, her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Missouri Baptist, and her DBH from Arizona State University. She has worked as a counselor in different settings such as inpatient, outpatient, and private practice with all ages, but her passion is working with children, adolescents, substance abuse and behavioral change. Dr.  Wendy stays active conducting lectures and training on Shared Decision Making, Compassion Fatigue, Mindfulness, Self-Care among others.

Tammy Sutterfield, DBH

Chronic pain has far-reaching effects, requiring a biopsychosocial approach to treatment. The many layers of dysfunction that exist beyond the physical include fatigue, fear, isolation, frustration, and abandonment. Untreated and undertreated pain is the most pervasive health problem today, affecting an estimated 1 in 5 adults. This problem is further complicated by dependency on the drugs prescribed to treat pain. Regardless of the intentions, prolonged use of prescription drugs has been shown to worsen pain symptoms, pose substantial risks, and complicate life circumstances.

Dr. Tammy Sutterfield, DBH, is well-equipped to address the multifaceted and diverse needs of individuals living with pain. The breadth and scope of her education and work make her uniquely positioned to assist a client find a path to a fuller life. The key to her successful therapeutic relationships is understanding the pain conundrum from the client’s perspective. This includes getting to know the client’s thoughts and feelings, needs and wants, and making sure the client feels heard, understood, and involved. She works to empower and motivate clients to engage in self-care activities as well as to help them discover their individual ability to heal. Together you will investigate the story behind the pain and explore ways to address the physical, emotional, and social aspects.

Keiko. Wolfe, LPC, NCC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor providing individual, group, and family therapy. I work with many diagnoses, with a passion for counseling children, adolescents, young adults, and seniors.

By creating a safe, welcoming environment for exploration, I hope to assist my clients in reaching their true potential while helping them create their own “toolbox” of skills to maintain health, happiness, and resiliency. Taking a holistic, solution-focused approach to therapy, I incorporate the development of coping strategies for staying connected with the mind and body while also helping clients find their own strength and voice in this world. In addition to holistic therapy, I often incorporate art therapy, play therapy, behavior modification, mindfulness, and hypnotherapy in my treatment.

With over eight years’ experience as a mental health professional, I currently work as a private practitioner serving a broad spectrum of clients. I integrate various techniques and methodologies to serve my clients in the most personalized, client-centered way possible.

You are the only expert on your life. You know the answers to every question or challenge you’re facing, even if those answers are concealed. By giving all the power back to you, I welcome the opportunity to walk through your journey with you!

Brandon Wardell, MA, NCC, LPC

I am licensed behavioral health professional with 20 years of experience helping individuals gain greater life
satisfaction and overcome challenges with addiction, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. I have worked in
the behavioral health and mental health field for the past 20 years as a therapist, life coach, consultant,
educator, and executive.  I am trained and well practiced in a variety of modalities that help individuals achieve
their life and health goals.  I have a Masters degree and I am currently ABD in my doctorate in Neuro-
pathophysiology. I have a deep passion for helping people find new ways of living and being through a more
satisfying life.

After 13 years of debilitating back pain, I am living proof that The Pain Project method for chronic pain really works. I've never felt better.

-Steve - Washington,DC

I suffered from recurrent, severe headaches ever since law school. My Pain Project therapist helped get me back in control of my headaches and most importantly my life.

-Melissa - Philadelphia, PA

After a sports injury, I had back surgery which did not help me and in some ways made me worse. The Pain Project was the only thing that cured my back pain.

-Blake - Neward, New Jersey

I was actually scheduled and pre-oped for surgery when a friend referred me to The Pain Project. After my first session I quickly improved and subsequently cancelled my surgery and it was the best decision I have ever made.

-Tanya - Miami, Fla.

I had horrific neck and shoulder pain for years and had tried pills and steroid injections several times without relief. After my Pain Project therapist helped me change how I thought about my pain and overcome my fear, I improved immensely. Now I can definitely manage my own pain, my way.

-Mark - Portland, OR

I used to wake up every day wondering, "How much knee pain will I have today?" The Pain Project tele-therapy allowed me to unlearn my chronic knee pain from the convenience of my home. If you have long term pain, I highly recommend you try The Pain Project before any other unproven treatments or procedures.

-Jordan - Phoenix, AZ