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.

In September 2023 Core Connect Wellness was acquired by Graduation Solutions, LLC. A company committed to help the community and maintain the same level of care that Core Connect has always had. Katherine is remaining as the Clinical Director in this new chapter for the company.

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

Katherine Garcia, LPC

Clinical Director

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.



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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. 



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The Core Connect Therapy Team

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.


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.


Melisa Rae, LAC

Melisa Rae, LAC 

Melisa is a Licensed Associate Counselor with more than 14 years’ experience working with Native American clients of all ages as well as adults with serious mental illness. Her approach is very client-centered and holistic, utilizing some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing as well as life coaching tools. She also includes bibliotherapy, journaling, and mindfulness as therapeutic tools. 

Melisa prefers working with adults in resolving low self-esteem, codependency, anxiety, unhealthy communication, job/career stress, and questions regarding the search for one’s life purpose. She is LBGTQ+ affirming and she especially enjoys working with artistic and creative clients. She prefers to approach therapy from a spiritual standpoint rather than a religious one.


Michelle Zyla, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Michelle is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, licensed in the state of Arizona. Having been in healthcare for 30 years, she has worked in numerous practice areas. Michelle has a firm belief that when we improve mental health, we improve physical health, family relationships, and overall functioning in day-to-day life. Michelle is passionate about teaching her clients how to improve their mental health for the long term, by utilizing a healthcare team of therapists and nurse practitioners in their mental health journey. She believes in utilizing all the tools available including medication, vitamins, therapy, and self-awareness to promote mental healing. Michelle hopes to eliminate the stigmas associated with mental health concerns and seeking treatment through a collaborative and educational approach with clients and their families.


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Dr. Emerald, DC

Doctor of Chiropractic, Base Camp Health

Through his own personal journey of discovering chiropractic care, breathwork, balance training, and reconnecting with his innate ability to heal, the course of Dr. Emerald's life shifted. Dr. Emerald works with others experiencing health hurdles with a core belief that our bodies are designed to heal and thrive if given the opportunity to do so. Dr. Emerald has the knowledge and experience to take you and your family to a new level of health and wellness.

Dr. Emerald is also the co-host of Painting Wellness-The Podcast in conjunction with Kat Garcia, Clinical Director of Core Connect Wellness and owner of White Lotus Therapy Services and Black Clover Enterprises, LLC.


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Our Providers...

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