Psychotherapist in Goodyear, AZ
Trauma is a relative condition. Events or situations that trigger anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional signs of trauma vary greatly between patients. At Trauma Recovery Services of Arizona, Board-Certified Professional Counselor Jordanna Saunders LPC helps the communities of Goodyear, Arizona, process their traumatic thoughts and memories and learn to cope with the challenges that life presents.
Jordanna is Navajo and grew up on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. She has several years of clinical & management experience providing counseling services in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, hospitals, jails, and experience with residential facilities. She has worked both in Urban settings as well as in Frontier & Reservation Communities.
She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Arizona in Tucson before completing her Masters of Counseling degree at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
Jordanna is a former AIGC Graduate Fellow, former Navajo Nation Chief Manuelito Scholar, an AIIP Fellow (via the University of Oklahoma) & completed the first Project LIFT cohort--a National Behavioral Health Leadership Program for American Behavioral Health Leaders facilitated by SAMHSA & Abt Associates. She is a former Board Member for the Arizona Board for Certification of Addiction Counselors. She has done research in multiple areas both as an undergrad and graduate student. She has also supervised and facilitated State and Federal grants in her past leadership positions.
She is an avid advocate of the development of future behavioral health leaders and has presented for various agencies and programs including: the Arizona Counselors Association, Indian Health Services (Phoenix Area and National) & multiple Urban and Rural health care providers/agencies.
Jordanna is an EMDR trained Psychotherapist and is currently pursuing her Certification in EMDR. She is also trained in the Duluth Model (Working with Men who Batter) as well as several other evidence based psychotherapy practices (motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, etc.).
She’s a member of several professional organizations including the American Counseling Association and EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association).
All these experiences have improved her ability to provide psychotherapy and to understand situations from multiple points of view.
Patients at Trauma Recovery Services of Arizona benefit from Jordanna’s extensive training and experience in delivering EMDR and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Both EMDR and CBT enable patients to explore their thoughts, memories, and emotions in a safe space. They learn to manage the distress and if they so choose-to heal the wounds from the past.
In addition to helping patients learn to cope with past trauma, Jordanna also helps patients with mental health conditions including depression and anxiety as well as navigating common challenges including divorce, loss of a loved one, career transition, and more.
Jordanna enjoys working with First Responders, Military members & their families, healthcare workers, Executive Professionals & the public.