Clinical Services

Giving you the proper help you deserve


Our Clinicians

Our clinicians offer a wide variety of professional and personalized services for people of all ages and genders. Whether you’re struggling with depression, anxious about life changes or relationships, or dealing with trauma, you deserve someone who can truly listen and understand—our therapists are here to help!

All our clinicians are trauma trained and can offer other services such as:

Our Partners

Health insurances we work with! If you do not see your provider, you can always reach out to us to confirm.
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Banner Aetna

Tempe, AZ

Josh Mehdikhan

Clinical Supervisor (LPC)

Josh is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who provides person-centered individual/family group therapy to youth and adults. Josh is also a board approved clinical supervisor with AZBBHE. Josh is certified in Trauma Focused CBT and has experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, and working with young adults as they transition into the next part of their lives. Josh specializes in geek and gaming culture, incorporating different tools to help meet their treatment goals and build rapport with clients. Josh provides strengths-based treatment for this population from a place of understanding and support. Josh looks to utilize creativity and exploration in the work that he does.

Josh’s approach is person-centered and focuses on the exploration of what is important to clients and helping them explore where they are and where they want to go in their lives. Josh focuses on changing the relationship that clients have with their experiences and empowering them to reach the goals and dreams that clients have for themselves.  Be who you are and say what you feel. Because, those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind~ Dr. Seuss

Rachel Lambert


Rachel Lambert is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been practicing since 2018. Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in family studies and human development from the University of Arizona and received a master’s degree at Grand Canyon University in professional counseling.

Rachel specializes in working with children from Birth to Five years of age and their families. She enjoys working with school-age children, too. Rachel has extensive knowledge of the Arizona Child Welfare system and working with foster children, both community and kinship foster families.

Rachel works to promote a safe therapeutic space by providing every client with a warm, compassionate, non-judgmental, and supportive environment. Her approach is family-centered and strength-based. Rachel believes the client and family are the experts on their own life and employs client strengths to empower their self-healing.

Rachel is training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Heart Math, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), utilizing play to assist with communication and healing. Rachel is also a firm believer in working on the family system and providing families with psychoeducational.

Melody Burnett


Melody Burnett is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in Indiana and Arizona who has 20-plus years of experience working in Human Services. Melody earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Concordia University and received her master’s degree at Martin University in Community Psychology. Melody has relocated to Arizona from Indiana where she has spent most of her life.
Melody specializes in working with children through adults and understands when someone is either hurting spiritually, emotionally, and/or physically, it affects our entire being. Melody enjoys utilizing faith-based practice in her sessions but is also trained in Play Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, and EMDR.

Chandler, AZ

Dante Thompson

Clinical Director (MSW)

Dante is a Master Level Social Worker who has been working in the field since 2015. His professional experience has been primarily in residential settings. He has worked with at-risk youth ages 12-18 with the intent to transition them back into the community.

Dante utilizes various approaches with his clients to help them reach their individualized goals. Some approaches he uses are Solution focused therapy (SBT) and Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). He works well with adolescents and young adults aging from 15 and up that have current struggles with substance use, anxiety, aggression, grief, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and multicultural backgrounds.

I am from Colorado and moved here in 2013 to complete my masters in social work at ASU.

Joshua Root


Josh Root has earned his Master’s in Social Work adult behavioral health advanced direct practice from Arizona State University. Josh is currently licensed at an associate level through the board of behavioral health and certified. Josh’s prior experience at NHCC was as a program therapist in a psychiatric hospital’s rapid stabilization/psychiatric intensive care units. In conjunction, Josh continues to teach at Grand Canyon University as an adjunct professor of sociology.
Josh enjoys writing college cultural competency classes at the junior college level and believes this helps him work with various diverse populations.

Josh enjoys implementing evidence-based practices such as CBT and MBSR to address and regulate common and uncommon issues that the community he serves may be facing.

Marlisa Rader


Marlisa Rader, LAMFT, earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University in Kansas. She has been licensed in Arizona for ten years and is currently working toward independent licensure. Marlisa has experience working with couples, families, children, and adults through a trauma-informed lens and believes that every person has the potential to live a happy and healthy life, despite past and present challenges. Marlisa is certified in Trauma, White Bison Wellbriety, and Strengthening Families.

Marlisa has helped several individuals and families address relational conflict, grief and loss, substance abuse, trauma, depression and anxiety, and other difficult life transitions. She utilizes a systemic approach with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and values the therapeutic relationship above all interventions. Marlisa is supportive, non-judgmental, and culturally sensitive while promoting self-reflection and awareness. She aims to make the therapeutic process both beneficial and enjoyable.

Misty Romney


Misty Romney LAC, received her Master of Science in Professional Counseling through Grand Canyon University. Upon completion of her Master’s degree, Misty was trained in trauma and has obtained a certificate as a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist for individuals (CCTS-I). Misty’s areas of focus include working with children, adolescents, and adults who experience anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and various types of trauma.

As a compassionate person, Misty makes it a priority to listen, understand, and empathize with clients. She is dedicated to helping others recognize and develop their full potential by incorporating a motivational approach that instills hope as well as inspires personal exploration and growth. Her primary objective is to provide clients with skills and techniques that can be applied in everyday life. She respects and values the immense worth of each individual, acknowledging their strengths and capabilities that help them reach their goals.

Ashlee Peterhans


Ashlee Peterhans received her Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University and holds an LMSW in Arizona and a certificate as a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist. At New Horizon Community Care, she provides individualized, group, and family counseling for children and adolescents to reduce high-risk behaviors in the home and community. Her experience has primarily been with those dealing with trauma disorders, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief, and self-injurious behaviors.

Ashlee additionally has a history of working with diverse client populations, including counseling women with substance use, domestic violence, and homelessness, and building skills in-home with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Ashlee also received a Bachelor of Biological Sciences and a Bachelor of Anthropology, which has provided her with a helpful understanding of the impact of physical health on psychological wellness, as well as the importance of cultural considerations on a micro-level and macro-level.

Incorporating elements of fun into treatment is Ashlee’s passion while working with individuals. She uses art, music, and play therapy approaches as vehicles of healthy emotional expression. Ashlee also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and trauma therapy approaches in her practice to allow clients to develop emotional regulation strategies, decrease symptoms of trauma, and gain a sense of self-compassion. The therapeutic relationship is of the utmost importance to her to provide a safe environment for the therapeutic journey. Being person-centered and strengths-focused is essential to her practice.

Shannon Martin


Shannon Martin holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University and is a Licensed Master Social Worker in Arizona. Shannon utilizes a strength-based approach integrating both CBT and motivational interviewing into her work with clients providing individual, group, and family therapy. Shannon has worked in behavioral health for several years providing advocacy, support, and empowerment to various populations struggling with PTSD, substance abuse, SMI, anxiety, depression, and more recently, sexually maladaptive behaviors. Shannon’s professional expertise includes working with adolescents who have experienced trauma, substance use, and SMI. Shannon believes that family and natural support involvement is a vital role in an individual’s treatment process. Shannon also believes that providing an authentic, safe, and non-judgmental environment for clients fosters healthy change.

In her free time, Shannon enjoys being outdoors, reading, spending time with friends and family, and playing with her husky-pup, Sadie!

Maria Lourdes Peralta


Maria Lourdes Peralta received her Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University and obtains an ACSW in the state of California. Maria holds a certificate as a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, EMDR Certified. She is bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English, and fortunate to serve the Hispanic population at New Horizon Community Care. Maria has provided counseling to children, adolescents, and adults. Her experience has been working with people facing challenges for Depression, Anxiety, Autism, ADHD, Trauma, Anger management, Substance use, and the Serious Mental Illness (SMI) population.

Maria has served individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities (Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disability, and Epilepsy), providing support, identifying needs, offering resources of services, monitoring progress from services, placement schools, and visiting the home. Maria had her own challenges as a child. As a 1-year-old, she contracted the Poliovirus and had close living encounters with other handicapped children. Maria’s motivation to help others was from her own experience and resilience. She is culturally competent, empathetic, and willing to go the extra mile to make a difference in an individual.

The modalities Maria puts into practice are Trauma Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, EMDR, art, and music. Utilizing a strengths perspective and empowering an individual are included within any modalities. Coping skills, daily living skills, and triggers are some of the strategies she utilizes during sessions. Maria believes in meeting an individual’s needs based on their comfort level and meeting them where they are at. One of her strategies is for a person to feel comfortable enough to engage in therapy and make the journey as pleasant as it can be. Maria enjoys her profession and continues to grow her education to offer up-to-date therapy to families, children, adolescents, and adults. Maria is looking forward to making a positive difference in the mental health field and quality of life for an individual.

Kodey Lai

Kodey Lai earned his Masters of Science from Arizona State University. He is also currently going for his doctorate at Grand Canyon University. Kodey was primarily trained as a Behavior Analyst, specializing in working with children and adolescents. Kodey uses this unique behavioral approach of collecting data, to ensure progress, and utilize the environment to help influence positive change and behavior. Kodey is also trained in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), using this client-centered approach to focus on what is important to the client and help to expand on their own interests and values. Kodey enjoys helping and serving the community to inspire and motivate those to accept and recognize who they are so they can build a sense of self and independence to live a happy, healthy life.

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