Kari Hesketh has a calm presence. Her non-judgmental demeanor helps her clients to feel accepted and heard. Kari has a holistic approach, meeting her clients where they are. Her office is a safe space for individuals to improve their relationships, mindset, and everyday life. Often, adverse life experiences, inability to self-regulate our emotions, attachment difficulties, self-esteem, or other mental health concerns negatively affect how we interact with and respond to others. Kari strives to help her clients with creating safety and stabilization, behavioral modification, identifying positive coping skills, and increasing self-confidence. She works with her clients toward their personal goals at a comfortable pace for them and responsive to where they are. She assists individuals in learning and implementing coping skills to self-regulate emotions, to progress towards resolution for improved functioning and life enjoyment.
Kari is experienced working with children, teens, adults, and their families. She specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues, trauma, and behavioral concerns. Kari has training in therapeutic modalities, such as EMDR, NFB, DBT, Sand Tray, and others. This allows Kari to help individuals suffering many emotional problems.
Experienced working with complex traumas, Kari is adept and motivated to help her clients understand and find healing to live life more fully.
Whether it be the more apparent traumas or the less noticeable kinds of trauma stemming from your childhood, Kari can help you through them. She has training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), one of the most effective modalities used to treat trauma.
Kari enjoys working with clients to lessen symptoms of trauma, anger, grief, anxiety, addictions, depression, emotional dysregulation, and any physical manifestations of these symptoms.
Specializations & Training
Kari is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She received her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling: Trauma, Abuse, and Deprivation from Ottawa University. She has worked in many settings, including: outpatient therapy, residential treatment centers, schools, domestic violence shelters, with Department of Child Services, in community behavioral health, with foster kids, with kids/adults with spectrum disorders, intense outpatient programs, dance and art therapy programs, yoga, teen DBT groups and more. She is very passionate about helping others and enjoys it greatly.
Kari specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Sand Tray Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She is trained in Neurofeedback (NFB), a non-invasive treatment that uses feedback to change current brain patterns into more efficient patterns. Neurofeedback provides symptom reduction for ADHD, Autism, anxiety, depression, learning disorders, and PTSD. It also improves one’s ability to better self-regulate their emotions.
Kari is usually known as “cool as a cucumber” because of her calm demeanor and ability to handle stressful situations.
She loves the color purple. She is passionate about health and nutrition. Two of her life goals are to ride in a hot air balloon and to pet a penguin.
She was born and raised in Utah, then spent several years exploring other areas across the country, then decided on making Arizona her home in 2018. She has loved it ever since!
She is a proud mama of two young children whom she loves spending time with. She also enjoys dancing, doing yoga, hiking, and traveling.
Monday 12pm - 5pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 1pm
Thursday 8:30am - 1pm
Friday 8:30am - 1pm