I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private psychotherapy practice in Phoenix, Arizona.



One of my vivid childhood memories is of my mother, depressed in her pajamas, staying in her room for weeks. I gingerly approached her, concerned, and wanting to know how she was. With a surly reply, she pushed me away. Just as suddenly, she woke up the next morning happy and delightful — as though she’d never hurt and dismissed me.

To escape the painful emotional cycles of my mother, I threw myself into the world of dance. Twyla Tharp, my favorite dancer, says “art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Ballet academies, bloody pointe shoes, and grueling practice schedules kept my time and attention away from my home life. Dance instilled in me values I draw upon today in therapy.

I quickly learned that to be ignored in rehearsal was a bigger insult than criticism, so I strived to receive as many corrections and critiques as I could. It forever changed the paradigm of criticism from a shameful thing to a victory. While I’m not critical or judgmental, clients tell me they appreciate that I’m upfront, I tell it like it is, and I don’t waste their time. I love working with motivated clients who are passionate about learning and growing.

Through partner dance, I learned to precisely tune into my partner while remembering and strengthening my own sense of self. Dance requires impeccable attunement and has given me a sixth sense for the tension, difficulties, and challenges that remain unsaid.

In our work together, I’ll help you and your partner appreciate each other’s strengths as you develop and recognize your own. You’ll learn to find your own dance and feel supported by your partner in times of need.

I’m not the therapist for you if you don’t want to hear observations and grow from what you learn about yourself.

However, I am the therapist for you if…

  • You’re ready to learn more about how you’re getting in your own way and how your patterns are keeping you stuck
  • You’re tired of holding yourself back and you’re motivated to make a change
  • You’re curious about what you need to do to have the kind of relationship you want
  • You’re self-reflective and want different ways of thinking about yourself and your relationship
  • You appreciate a conversational, direct, and compassionate style

My goal is to help you navigate conflict as gracefully as possible to avoid unnecessary divorce and work constructively toward a thriving relationship.

I work with couples and individuals, but because I am so dedicated to every client, I’m selective about who I work with. To see if we are a good fit, call me at (602) 943-3611 for a free discovery call. I guarantee that if we work together, you will begin to see the change you’re looking for.

Graduate of The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy Training
under Ellyn Bader Ph.D. at The Couples Institute



Couples Institute Developmental Model


I’m Janae, a psychotherapist serving individuals and couples in Phoenix, Arizona. My clients live and work in all parts of the city, including North Central, Biltmore and Uptown, as well as the surrounding areas of Scottsdale, Arcadia, Paradise Valley, Moon Valley and McCormick Ranch. With nearly 25 years of experience, I am ready to help you.