Arcadia Counseling Center (ACC) provides counseling for a wide range of mental health issues and serves children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. Our mission is to empower our clients by mobilizing their strengths and enhancing their coping skills, in order that they might live more fulfilling and productive lives.
ACC was founded in 2005 by Laura Greenwood and a fellow colleague. After years of networking and word-of-mouth, ACC became a thriving, well-known private practice serving the needs of many in Metro Phoenix. In 2012, Laura reconnected with long-time Arizona native and clinical social worker, Julie Karnes, to form a new partnership at ACC. Together, Laura and Julie have established strong, professional relationships with their clients, as well as with the medical, psychiatric, social service, and educational community across the Valley.
In 2015, ACC welcomed an additional licensed and independent therapist, Crystal Contreras, to the team. ACC recently moved into a larger, cozier office space within the same building to accommodate its expanding practice and provide clients with attractive options such as group therapy.
Laura T. Greenwood, MSW, LCSW
Laura was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Graduation from Arcadia High School was followed by a four-year undergraduate program at Chapman University in Orange County, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. The next two years were devoted to graduate study at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work. Laura is currently licensed in both California and Arizona as a Clinical Social Worker.
Laura has 18 years of experience in direct clinical practice providing both short and long-term counseling to individuals from 5 to 85 years of age. She works in collaboration with school personnel, psychologists, psychiatrists and primary care physicians, on behalf of her clients. Laura provides individual, family and couples counseling to youth and adults, and has developed a special interest with the young adult population. Her scope of practice includes: Depressive Disorders, Panic or Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Specific Phobias, Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/ADHD), divorce and blended families, relationship issues, bereavement, GLBTQ, stress management and general life transitions.
A psychiatrist once stated, “Laura is outstanding in her clinical knowledge and uses this with her character traits of integrity, honesty and empathy to create trusting and productive relationships.”
Julie E. Karnes, MSW, LCSW
Julie was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and completed her undergraduate work at Arizona State University. Julie graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Resources and Human Development and a minor in Psychology. She then moved to Washington, where she practiced social work with at-risk preschoolers, teens and families for approximately three years prior to pursuing her Master’s degree. Julie obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State University with a specialization in Child Welfare and has been serving children and families since 1999. Julie is certified as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arizona.
Currently, Julie provides therapy to children, teens, adults, couples and families at Arcadia Counseling Center. Her scope of practice includes the following: anxiety/panic disorders, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, child and teen behavioral issues, ADHD, divorce & blended families, relationship concerns, OCD, trauma, grief, body image and eating disorders, GLBTQ, PTSD, victims of sexual abuse, sexual acting out, chemical dependency/abuse and stress management. She works primarily within the cognitive-behavioral, systems and psychodynamic models of treatment. Julie has knowledge of the juvenile and family court systems, and served as an Officer of the Court through the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program. Further, she is a trained facilitator for MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy) and certified in Equine-Assisted Therapy.
Crystal L. Contreras, MC, LPC, CFTP, NCC
Crystal is a seasoned health care practitioner, providing counseling and mental health services to families in Phoenix and surrounding areas for nearly 10 years. She is an Arizona native, passionate about serving her community. Crystal is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Family Trauma Professional and holds a certification with the National Board for Certified Counselors.
She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from The University of Phoenix. Crystal has extensive experience providing individual counseling services to children, adolescents and adults as well as facilitating couples and group counseling.
Crystal specializes in the following areas: sexual behavior problems, victims of sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, teen substance abuse, trauma, child behavioral issues, relationship issues and stress management. Her individualized approach to care allows Crystal to identify her client’s unique needs and implement a range of treatment modalities. She is trained in motivational interviewing, moral reconation therapy (MRT), play therapy, historical trauma, complex trauma and the attachment, self-regulation and competency (ARC) trauma model.