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Katonya Begay

MSW, LMSW, Clinician

Katonya Begay (she/her) identifies as a Diné (Navajo) woman from a rural community on the Diné Nation known as Dilkon, Arizona. Katonya resides on the ancestral homelands of the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa). She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Population Health and a minor in Psychology from the University of New Mexico. Katonya received her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Advanced Direct Practice (ADP) in May 2023 from Arizona State University. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) completing clinical hours to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Arizona.

Passionate about fostering healing and empowerment, Katonya is an entry-level mental health therapist dedicated to providing compassionate care. With a focus on trauma-informed practices and a person-centered approach, she is committed to creating a safe and supportive space for adolescents, young adults, and adults to explore their journey to wellness and healing. Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Group Therapy, and Mindfulness Techniques, Katonya seeks to empower individuals in these life stages by helping them navigate challenges, develop coping skills, and cultivate mindfulness for holistic well-being.

 

Growing up, Katonya witnessed the intergenerational impacts in her home community due to settler colonialism. She is a social justice advocate that has experience in researching topics surrounding Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP), Culturally-Adaptive Intervention Programs, and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with Tribal Communities. Katonya is passionate about providing access to mental health services for BIPOC communities and decolonizing mental health practice.

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