Category Archives: counselors

Amanda Mowbray, MAS_MFT, LAMFT

Amanda Mowbray is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a passion for helping clients navigate difficult situations. Amanda earned a B.S. in Psychology and a Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Arizona State University. Amanda has specialized training in couples and parent-child issues.  She values the importance of relationships and understands the difficulty which can be associated with beginning therapy; earning trust and creating rapport which she feels are imperative, as well as the outcome.  Amanda’s warmth and sincerity help her clients to feel comfortable as they become active participants in therapy. Her client’s report she is, “so easy to talk to,” and “you genuinely care about us and our relationship.” Amanda’s approach balances empathy with authenticity, humor, and accountability. Amanda uses an eclectic approach with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gottman Principles, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy, to establish unique treatment goals for each client. Amanda will introduce new communication strategies, tools to interrupt unhelpful patterns, and increase emotional closeness. Amanda spends her free time hiking throughout the state with her husband, enjoying nonfiction novels, and watching 90’s sitcoms.

Cameron A. Lee, MAS-MFT, LMFT, BHP

Passing of Cameron A. Lee

It is always difficult to express the intense feelings of losing somebody close to you. A Family Works Counseling has lost our friend and colleague Cameron Lee. One of our Associate Therapists, Cameron was the victim of a tragic accident at his home and passed away on Wednesday, June the 24th. This sudden loss has been especially difficult for his immediate and extended family, to his co-workers and his clients. We all know him as pleasant, full of charm and kindness, and displaying a calmness which is highly contagious. He has had a positive impact on hundreds of people through his life, and while we know his influence stays with us, he will be greatly missed. There’s only one Cameron. His pleasant demeanor and ability to laugh at himself were some of his more apparent strengths, but he also knew how to rise up in the face of challenges, and he served as a quiet example of perseverance and moral character.
We will be grieving this loss here at AFWC, and anyone who would like to join us may watch the funeral service with the link provided here. Cameron’s family has graciously given their consent to share this. Services will be on Monday, July 6 at 10 am.

http://mywebcast.churchofjesuschrist.org/Events/gilbertarizonasevillestake

In addition, the second link is available to those who wish to express their gratitude and be generous with his family. Any donation through this link will go directly to his wife, to help cover these unexpected funeral expenses and damage to the home. This is an opportunity for us to help Cameron’s family in their time of need, as he has done for many in their time of need.

Go Fund Me for Cameron’s Family

Sharon Cummings

Sharon Cummings MS, LCSW

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 couples. 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.

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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