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Amanda is an intern therapist pursuing a degree through Arizona State University’s MAS in Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Under direct clinical supervision by Russell Beazer, Amanda utilizes a systemic approach in working with individuals, couples, and families. Amanda graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Psychology and continued to work in conjunction with juvenile attorneys representing children with DCS cases and custody matters. Over the last two years at A Family Works Counseling, Amanda has enjoyed taking part in the collaborative environment by participating in weekly supervision hours and building long-lasting relationships. She spends her free time with her husband, hiking with their two dogs, and enjoying family.

Sharon Cummings

Sharon Cummings MS, LMSW

Sharon is a licensed Social Worker. She earned her B.S. from Utah State University and her Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University. Sharon has worked in the behavioral sciences field for more than eighteen years. She began her career as a probation officer for Maricopa County working with and counseling juvenile offenders. Sharon quickly discovered how much she enjoyed working with teens and watching their progress.  Thereafter, she began successfully counseling birth mothers and adoptive couples for L.D.S. Family Services.  At A Family Works Counseling, Sharon enjoys working with her clients, especially teens, children (and their parents.) Regardless of age, her clients feel a connection, and her passion towards helping others. She proactively helps them to establish behavioral boundaries, change behaviors and cultivate new approaches to their difficulties. She is a strong advocate for victims of abuse and strives to create positive growth through the healing process. Sharon is earnest, energetic and versatile.

Sharon loves life especially when spending time with her two children, extended family and traveling.

Stephen Alger, MAS-MFT, LAMFT

Stephen is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. He earned both his BS in Family and Human Development and Masters of Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy at Arizona State University, graduating with honors. The ASU MAS-MFT program is rising in notoriety due to excellent instruction by past presidents of the Arizona Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and current members of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Managers. Stephen has 12 years of experience working with at risk youth within the Arizona Juvenile Superior Court system and 3 years of clinical work with youth, families, and couples in both agency and private practice settings. Marriage and family therapy training is anchored by the concept of creating systemic change, and Stephen’s clinical focus is to look for the roots of clients’ distress and to co-create with clients research proven solutions to their issues. He has received training and practical application with dozens of therapy models, including Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, and Bowenian-Transgenerational Therapy. His clinical style is warm, approachable, humorous, directive, and empowering. He has been happily married for 14 years with four young children.

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith, MC, LPC

Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned a BA degree from the University of Minnesota and a MC degree from Arizona State University. With experience in both private practice and hospital settings, she works with children, teens, adults, and couples. She spent time at Banner Desert Medical Center working with oncology patients and their families in various stages of the disease. She has experience in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief, crisis, and trauma. She has additional experience with adoptive parents, biological parents, and adopted children. As a professional, she strives to help her clients find peace, balance, and an increased understanding of their emotions and behaviors within a safe environment. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family.

Russell Beazer, MS, LMFT

Russell Beazer is the founder and owner of A Family Works Counseling. He has provided successful therapy for couples, families, individuals and teens with a large variety of needs since 2001. Russell received his Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Virginia Tech, a top MFT program in the nation. He draws from his superior education to assist his clients in defining their goals and utilize the best treatments available. Because of his training and his congenial personality, Russell is very versatile and often receives referrals to work with difficult situations and those who feel “stuck” with previous attempts at therapy. As an expert in relationships he enjoys meeting with all ages and genders in various stages of the family. He adapts to his clients, both those wanting the firm, direct approach, and those who want the more collaborative, guiding therapist. Most of his clients are looking for tools they can use to change their lives. Russell has many tools he offers because therapy is not “one size fits all.” He offers insight, perspective, understanding and accountability. His clients come back to him for his ability to identify their needs and provide useful interventions.

You may have seen his appearances on Sonoran Living, a morning show on Channel 15 (ABC) where he took questions from live callers. He was also a guest on KMLE, a local radio station.

“I’ve been doing this since 2001, and I still love what I do.”

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