At East Valley Family Therapy, we understand that there are some who need the support, but cannot afford the full price of therapy. It can be difficult if you don't have sufficient insurance coverage and to have to pay out of pocket.
For that reason, East Valley Family Therapy partners with several Universities and picks the very best and most qualified Interns to provide a cost effective option for the support you need. And because they are under direct supervision of both their University professors and one of our very own licensed therapists, you can rest assured that you will be in good hands as they already bring so much talent to the table AND will be consulting with their supervisors in regards to your care.
Please read below all about what our two highly vetted student Interns have to offer, and then schedule your appointment with them.
Heather Richards, MFT Intern
Heather excitedly joins the East Valley Family Therapy team
as a student intern under the supervision of Jonathan Harrop,
LMFT. Heather has begun training in Emotion Focused
Therapy (EFT) and has attended an EFT externship as the
first step towards becoming a certified EFT therapist.
She is passionate about helping couples understand
their negative relationship patterns and helping them find
new ways of expressing themselves to their partner. Heather
believes when couples learn how to turn toward each
other and truly express their needs, a secure relationship
begins to develop. This will allow for both partners to grow
into the best version of themselves, together. She aspires to
help individuals, couples, and families work through conflicts,
feel safe and comfortable expressing themselves, and
ultimately reach their relationship goals.
Heather strives to create a safe and welcoming space for
clients to thrive both personally and relationally. She is
inspired and honored by the courage taken to reach out and invite her on this personal journey - to seek support in the face of pain, loss, relationship struggles, or uncertainty. She has adopted a client-centered, attachment-focused lens in her work and looks forward to walking side by side with each client and couple on their path toward healing.
Rates for Heather
$60 /hour session
Lawana Mortensen, MFT Intern
Lawana strongly believes in the importance of the
family and hopes to dedicate her efforts to
strengthening them. This includes working with families
on every level of their relationships: couples,
parent/child, and siblings. In all of her clinical interests,
she is most passionate about working with children and
Her individual therapeutic focus is in Dialectical
Behavior Therapy (DBT), while focusing on Gottman
Relational Strategies and Emotionally Focused Therapy
(EFT) in the relational realm. Under the supervision of
Jonathan Harrop, she intends to become certified in
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
(EMDR) as well as Sand Tray therapy to strengthen her
trauma-focused strategies with children.
Lawana is the mother of 6 children, 4 rambunctious boys
and 2 amazing daughters. She has a love of children and
has served the children in her East Valley community for
the past 20 years, including 10+ years in the Boy Scouts
of America, with her focus in Cub Scouts. Some of her personal interests include supporting her husband in his love of the outdoors, watching her children in their extra-curricular activities, world-wide travel, reading/learning new things, and college football.
Both her education and her family life has given Lawana a head start as a therapist. Her down to earth and straight forward approach, mixed with her personable and compassionate nature create a safe environment for children and families alike.