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Individual Counseling & Support Groups

The Franciscan Renewal Center provides a staff of professional counselors, all of whom are licensed by the State of Arizona Board of Behavioral Health. Our counselors take time from their private practices to counsel individuals, families, and couples with one-on-one sessions, as well as facilitated support groups covering a variety of issues.

Individual sessions are available Monday through Friday and require an appointment. Please call the Counseling Ministry at (480) 948-7460, ext.133, between 8:30am -12:00pm (Mon-Fri), or leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. An appointment is NOT required for any of the on-going support groups.

For all counseling services, a suggested donation is appreciated as this ministry is self-supporting. To download the Counseling Ministry brochure, click here.

Divorce, Separation and Significant Relationship Endings

This support group deals with the pain of divorce, separation, and relationship endings in a positive, healing way, among supportive and caring people.

Mondays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Facilitators: Judith McHale, MA, LPC and Tom Mitchell, Ph.D, LPC

Grief Support Group

This group is for individuals grieving the loss of a loved one.

Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Sylvia Hernandez, LICSW and Judith McHale, MA, LPC

Depression/Anxiety Support Group

This group helps with issues surrounding depression, stress and anxiety.

Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m (Regular Time) Beginning February 11, 2014.

Facilitators: Georgia Bichekas, PhD & Mike Finecey, MA, LPC, LISAC


The Counseling Ministry will be closed and there will be no support group meetings on the following dates:

The Counseling Ministry will be closed on New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Grounded in the Gospel concepts of peace and human dignity, the Casa Counseling Ministry provides an opportunity for its members to serve others. As "wounded healers," the ministry has this privilege and responsibility to actively participate in God's work through those who reach out to us for hope and care.

The presence of this ministry is a response to a call of solidarity with those who are poor and emotionally wounded. It has a responsibility to create an environment of hospitality, teaching and presence that is conducive to healing. This, in turn, leads to communion in the full sense of the word.