My name is Kawena, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, Arizona, and I am passionate about helping people who suffer from trauma.
I am licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health and received my Master's degree from Capella University. I completed a one year post-graduate residency in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and I am currently pursuing certification in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, and Brainspotting. I began my career in community mental health where I provided individual and group therapy. I currently work as the trauma therapist for the Claudia Black Center at The Meadows, a world-renowned treatment center for trauma and addiction where I have the opportunity to work alongside and train with the leaders in the counseling field.
I am dedicated to professional development in order to provide the best possible care to my clients. Therefore, I consistently attend trainings in order to stay up to date on the latest treatments available for trauma and anxiety.
The relationship between therapist and client is of paramount importance, which is why I focus on helping you feel safe and comfortable from our very first interaction. My goal is to help you find relief from your past traumas and emotional pain. I want to help you find your way back to yourself, to live the life you have imagined.
Taking the first step is hard, know that I am here to assist you in your journey.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two dogs, traveling the country to visit loved ones, hiking, reading, arts and crafts, and taking care of my houseplants. I am originally from Portland, Oregon but have been calling Arizona my home for the past 10 years.