Lawana is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)
Intern. She is currently completing her requirements
for her expected graduation in February 2021 from
North Central University’s (NCU) MS MFT program.
She received her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham
Young University in their Family Studies Program
before taking some time off the educational path to
fulfill her family pursuits.
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, and support from Ashley Gaede, she intends to become certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as Sand Tray therapy to strengthen her trauma-focused strategies.
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.