About Us 2017-11-21T15:32:30+00:00


All treatment
is tailored
to your goals.

All therapists at AZRI are trained and supervised by Dr. Gold. She views video excerpts of their sessions and provides periodic live supervision with feedback to therapists during sessions.

We are scenically located in the foothills of northeast Mesa, next to the Las Sendas Golf Club. We just seconds from the Red Mountain loop 202 and 20 minutes from Sky Harbor, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler and San Tan.

Through their work with us, our clients
discover that their past doesn’t need to
dictate their future. They also learn,
often to their surprise, that life
can be better than they ever imagined.


Our specialists are at the heart of
The Arizona Relationship Institute.

lisa_goldLisa Gold Ph.D., L.P.C.
Arizona’s first certified EFT Therapist and Certified EFT Supervisor

AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor
*AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Dr. Gold has been practicing for over 20 years. Her work on couple relationships and EFT supervision has been published in professional journals, and she has presented her work on EFT and infidelity at national and international conferences (AAMFT and ICEEFT). She is Arizona’s only EFT Certified Sex Therapist.

Ellen McDow

M.A. Counseling Denver Seminary

Certified EMDR Therapist
DBT and CBT trained
ACS for Approved Clinical Supervisor

Ellen is passionate about helping people uncover their best selves. She knows how to help people process painful emotions and make meaning of their lives in a way that helps them reclaim joy. She considers it a privilege to be invited into her clients’ emotional struggles so she can help them navigate to a place strength, resilience and peace. Whether you are dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, or other life difficulties, Ellen’s extensive training in practicing EMDR from an attachment theory perspective, DBT and EFT has equipped her well to effectively help you work through your challenges. She can help you get where you want to go with your life and your relationships.

Leah Sklader-Yost

ARI Therapist Leah Sklader-YostMasters in Mental Health Counseling

EFT Externship

Leah serves as a safe haven for her clients to explore their fears and vulnerabilities without judgment. She also provides a secure base to explore their passions and dreams. Providing this type of therapeutic support makes breaking old patterns possible, and allows new patterns to emerge. Leah has extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults, and addressing issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem and bullying. She also enjoys working with couples using the EFT model, and is currently working towards her EFT Certification.

Leah has a gift for helping her clients be seen and heard. By seeing the best in them and helping them to see the best in themselves and each other, and having compassion for the parts of themselves that they may desire to change, she instills hope and empowers them to create the lives they want to live. She helps liberate her clients being getting stuck in old patterns that prevent them from being true to the best that is within them.

Rebecca Bermudez

B.S. Psychology Brigham Young University
MSW Boise State University

EFT Externship, EMDR Level 1

Rebecca has a passion for helping individuals, couples and families to connect with each other as they work through life’s challenges. She worked for 10 years at Catholic Charities assisting birth parents with grief and loss, and assisting adoptive couples with infertility struggles and embracing the journey of adoption. She also assisted birth parents and adoptees through the search and reunion process. Through this work, she gained a profound appreciation for people’s capacity to love, forgive themselves and others, and forge emotional bonds that transcend the heartache of grief and loss. Rebecca genuinely enjoys connecting with people and feels honored to walk along them in their process of transforming their pain into resilience.

Holly Dana

M.A. Counseling, Ottawa University,

EFT Externship, EMDR Level 1 & 2

Holly Lake Dana is a native of Arizona and completed a masters degree in counseling from Ottawa University. Holly addresses divorce, blended families, life transitions, grief & loss, emotional and sexual intimacy, religious and spiritual struggles. She also has a Bachelors of Elementary Education from Arizona State University and worked for Mesa Public Schools from 2009 to 2013 as a substitute teacher and on their sub cadre team.

Julie Benton

M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy

B.S. Psychology, Family & Human Development

Gottman Training, Level 2

EFT Externship

Julie provides an open, accepting and authentic space for her clients to feel safe and supported while pursuing their goals. She supports individuals, couples and families from a systemic perspective, recognizing that we thrive most when a supportive network surrounds us, and we struggle in isolation or tension-filled relationships. We all want to find safety, belonging and connection with others, but it can often feel hopeless when we get stuck in cycles that deter us from those goals. Julie works with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship issues or difficult life/faith transitions to find strength and resilience within themselves and their relationships. She is dedicated to helping couples effectively communicate, heal and grow together by establishing new ways to nurture and reconnect with one another. Julie is passionate about her work and values the unique connections she makes with people every day.