About Us

How It All Got Started

2017... when Katherine decided that she was ready to branch out on her own, that's when the journey began .

Katherine decided the perfect name would be Core Connect Counseling, a place to connect the core of who you are, with where you are at . She started out in a small office with the thought of only practicing a couple of days per week.

As she met more and more clients, it became obvious to her that there was a much greater need for a comprehensive model that allowed clients to have multiple services in the same location but all working towards the client’s mental health success.

Building The Team

In January 2018, Katherine decided to expand the practice to be up and running full time and by May, she had expanded to a four office suite and started to build her team.

Core Connect Counseling was dedicated to continue growing the practice and to continue working towards the dream of a wellness center.

With the goal of taking her practice to the next level of including multiple wellness services, the dream and hard work paid off.  In April 2021, Core Connect Wellness Center was conceived and moved to a larger office in Gilbert. The center has a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Naturopathic Medical Doctor/Acupuncturist, and 5 clinicians. The center is in the process of adding a child therapist to further expand the access to services in the community.

We are dedicated to helping our clients find mental health wellness in all aspects of their lives and helping you, find yourself. 

Meet The Team

Katherine Garcia, LPC

ClinicalDirector/Owner

Katherine is a Licensed Professional counselor with over 18 years of experience working with a diverse population. Katherine‘s focus is to help you create outcome driven plans that will allow you to achieve the goals discussed.

Katherine is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior, Rational Emotive Therapy and The Gottman Method for couples counseling as well as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) trained. Katherine works with General Mental health and relationship issues as well as Lifestyle couples and individuals (poly, swingers) and issues related to LGBT+, Trans/GNC/GNB, BDSM, kink and sexual dysfunction.

Melody Day, LAC

Melody is a Licensed Associate Counselor with more than 12 years’ experience nationally/internationally helping people work through what is keeping them stuck. She uses her knowledge & experience to provide outcome driven, individualized sessions. 

Melody also has extensive specialized training & experience with; trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, sex, Trans/Gender Expansive & LGBQIA+, and is Sex+ & Kink, Poly, & ENM affirming. Melody prides herself on being trained in specific, varied techniques to provide powerful & dynamic individualized sessions (EMDR, DBT, Attachment Therapy, Gender Therapy, Solution-Focused, CBT, Multicultural, Narrative, Mindfulness/Meditation, The Gottman Method & more). Melody also provides evaluations and referral letters for gender confirmation services. 

Kim Leversee, LMSW

Kim is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of Arizona with 15 years of experience. She specializes in adolescents with anxiety, depression, substance abuse and social struggles. Her approach is based on specializing in each individual needs.  Kim uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Therapy and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). She has a passion for change and progress through the life cycle. 

Kim graduated from Arizona State University with her master’s in social work and obtained her LMSW in 2011.  She has worked in several diverse populations: Juvenile Probation, Hospice, Adult Mental Health and Hospital settings. All of which gives her a good foundation and diverse approach to everyone she works with. 

Kimberly Jackowski, LAC

Kimberly's approach is rooted in CBT, as well as utilizing DBT skills such as mindfulness. Kimberly specializes in shame reduction, trauma work, and living a wholehearted and authentic life. She appreciates the positive impact of creating trust and a strong rapport with her clients combined with a cognitive approach to assist them with building a connection between thoughts and feelings.

Kimberly creates a safe environment utilizing empathic understanding and unconditional positive regard to support clients in exploring their values to reach their desired goals.

Kimberly's specific areas of focus include: anxiety, codependency, depression, communication skills, anger management, domestic violence, low self-esteem, boundary setting, emotion regulation and traumatic experience management.

Monica Cawley, LMFT

Monica is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapy with over 9 years in the mental health field ranging from working with seriously mentally ill adults to young children.  She approaches therapy through a family systems and strengths based lens and has helped many individuals and families overcome struggles and find their strength within.  She values the power of a great therapeutic relationship and works alongside you to achieve your goals while providing an empathetic and safe space to get there.

 

Monica is trained in EMDR, DBT, CBT, and the Gottman Method to work with children, teens, families, and couples.  She integrates skills such as mindfulness to help you feel more connected to your life, experiences, and relationships. Monica enjoys working with clients to address anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, adolescent substance use issues, communication, and relationship issues.

Gbemisola "Bemi" Chukwu, MSN,APRN, PMHNP-BC

Gbemi is a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She comes with over 13 years of clinical inpatient experience working at Valleywise Behavioral Health. She began her career as a Behavioral Health Technician in 2008 and worked as a Registered Nurse while obtaining her master’s degree in nursing. She has experience working with diverse patient populations and from all demographics. Gbemi’s goal is to minimize the stigma associated with mental illness and to ensure that people can live their best lives regardless of their situation or condition.

Gbemi specializes in assessing and treating adults and young adults with depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and personality disorders. She has experience in both acute inpatient and outpatient community care setting.

“I believe everyone should be treated with respect, dignity and compassion without any fear of being labeled”. 

Stephanie Sampson, BHT

Stephanie is a transplant from the East Coast. She comes from a background of working with children, adolescents, and adults over the last 7 years. She has helped clients in hospital,  addiction centers, Intensive out patient, and private practice settings. 

Stephanie comes to help on your journey to wellness and will hold space for your healing. In conjunction with Art therapy, Stephanie incorporates mindfulness and evidence based behavioral techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral therapy and Dialectical Behavioral therapy. She also uses the arts, movement, and shamanic healing practices to help you move through your process. 


Stephanie practices virtual therapy and sees clients ages 5 and up.

Please note Stephanie is a Behavioral Health Technician and awaiting her license. She is supervised by Katherine Garcia, LPC.

MyKayla Werner, NMD

Dr. Mykayla is a licensed naturopathic doctor who graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine located in Tempe, AZ. She is originally from Michigan where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Mykayla utilizes scientific western medicine alongside holistic natural therapies in order help others achieve their own state of optimal health and wellbeing. She is a certified Reiki Master and enjoys incorporating energy healing into her practice. Although Dr.

Mykayla treats a variety of conditions, ranging from women’s health to autoimmune conditions, her passion lies in the field of mental health. After struggling with depression and anxiety as a child, she spent many years trying different therapies in order to heal herself. Her healing journey took off once she discovered naturopathic medicine. Now her passion lies in helping others how to do the same!

Jaeda Lucas

Administrative Assistant Extraordinare

Jaeda recently moved from Utah and has experience as Behavioral Health Tech. She is currently going to college and always has a smile on her face

She is happy greet you when you come in and assist in any way she can.  

Our Providers...

Please note that all our providers are independent practitioners and not employed by Core Connect Wellness