The Embracing Change Team

Heather Huiting, LCSW
Virtual and In-person Therapist, Social Worker, Clinical Supervisor and Founder (ages 18+)

Heather (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and trauma-informed therapist. She is committed to helping clients build healthier relationships with themselves and others. Her work focuses on helping clients understand both how they got to where they are, and where they are going.

She believes in developing a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship with her clients through humor and is open to feedback. She is passionate about helping clients set boundaries, improve communication skills and relationships, and better manage their mental health symptoms using an eclectic approach which includes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, EMDR and other modalities. She believes neurodivergence is a super power.

It is important to Heather to hire staff that are LGBTQIA2S+ and BIPOC allied and committed to dismantling hate.

Heather currently treats adults ages 18+. She earned her Master of Social Work degree in 2004 from ASU and has been helping clients make positive changes in their lives for over 15 years.

She is also a certified Clinical Supervisor in AZ. She is passionate about advancing the profession of social work and developing the next generation of clinicians.

License # LCSW-15434.

Natalina Mariscal, LMSW
Virtual Therapist and Social Worker (ages 18+)

Natalina (she/her) is a Licensed Master Social Worker and therapist. She earned her Master of Social Work degree in 2018 from ASU and has been serving the community for over 9 years and serves as a mentor to other social workers.

Natalina believes sometimes our usual ways of coping with stress and difficult situations stop working. This can leave us feeling ill-equipped to manage aspects of our lives. As a result, we may be feeling sad, worried, scared, angry, and/or overwhelmed. Natalina strives to help people better understand the nature of their problems and develop more effective ways to cope with them. She believes greater self-awareness, in combination with behavior changes, can lead to a richer and more satisfying life.

Natalina’s practice is one of flexibility and choice, where goals are made collaboratively and free of judgement. She believes in introducing you to the skills and strengths you already have within. She gives clients tips and tools to help them manage their difficult feelings throughout the week and to work on long term rewiring of their brain to help get them long term.

Through collaborative work, there is hope for changing behaviors, beliefs, and conflicts that are impeding you from having the better life that you deserve!

License # LMSW-18943

Kendra Richardson, LMSW
Virtual Therapist and Social Worker (ages 13+, couples)

Kendra (she/her) is a Licensed Master Social Worker and therapist. She earned her Master of Social Work degree in 2022 from Walden University and has been serving diverse populations for over 14 years.

Kendra believes as human beings we inherently experience life stressors, sometimes severe ones, that can begin to unravel our lives. This can present through anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship breakdown, and addiction. Kendra is passionate and committed to helping individuals arrive at a place of healing and wholeness. She believes that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires empathy and compassion without judgment.

Kendra believes that no single approach is effective for all individuals, therefore she works together with you to create a plan to reach goals that are tailored to you and your beliefs. She strives to create a safe and supportive environment in which clients can openly address their mental health needs.
Kendra is an active therapist, combining experience, education, creativity, and sense of humor with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to counseling. She encourages you to take the next step in your healing by reaching out to her for a brief consultation.

License # LMSW-21735

Kristen Crum, LMSW
Virtual and In-person Therapist and Social Worker (ages 18+)

Kristen (she/her) is a Licensed Master Social Worker and therapist. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from University of Pittsburgh and has spent 20 years helping people grow, find strength and reach their goals.

Kristen believes that if we shift our perspective, even just a little, we can begin to heal from our troubles and choose our course. With someone to help you find your unique path, overcome setbacks, and share your voice, you can discover peace despite the challenges that life throws at us. Kristen has a strength-based therapy style that emphasizes compassion and empathy. Using strategies including mindfulness techniques, solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing, she can help you find new ways to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, conflict, grief/loss and other challenging life issues. Kristen is committed to helping you gain self-confidence and discover new ways to manage things in life that get us stuck and hold us back.

License # LMSW-15903

Samantha Marcus, LMSW
Virtual Therapist and Social Worker (ages 12+)

Samantha (she/her) is a licensed Master Social Worker and therapist. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University in 2020 and has been working in the community for over 8 years.

Samantha believes that life can throw us some unexpected curve balls at times and she wants to help you navigate those difficult times in your life. Samantha has a passion for helping people whether you are going through a difficult time or if you are just needing someone to talk to, Samantha will be there. Everyone is different and Samantha believes everyone should have their own safe space to explore their feelings and emotions. Samantha wants to help you dive into everything you think and feel and help you navigate these feelings.

Samantha uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, but the most important being that of collaboration and strengths based. If you are looking for someone with a listening ear and a true passion for helping people, reach out for a consultation with Samantha.

License #LMSW-19194

Anna Okerlund, LMSW
Virtual Therapist and Social Worker (ages 18+)

Anna (she/her) is a Licensed Master Social Worker and therapist.  She earned her Master of Social Work degree in 2021 from ASU and is committed to helping individuals improve their life experience.

“So often, when we feel lost, adrift in our lives, our first instinct is to look out into the distance to find the nearest shore. But that shore, that solid ground, is within us. The anchor we are searching for is connection, and it is internal.” – Brene Brown

Anna approaches the world with a humanistic perspective, feeling every individual is doing the best they can to reach their greatest potential. Anna hopes to collaborate in identifying barriers to progress and provide support for meaningful growth.

Anna believes only individuals have the power to change the quality of their lives. She looks forward to being your partner in building resilience and joy.

License #LMSW-20070

Maria Greer, LMSW
Virtual Therapist and Social Worker (ages 18+)

Maria (she/her) BSW, MSW, LMSW is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from San Diego State University. Maria has over 13 years of experience in the field of social work. She has experience working in a domestic violence shelter for women as well as the child welfare field in California. Maria continued to be impactful in the field as a coach and trainer. In 2023, Maria relocated to Arizona in support of her husband’s military responsibilities.

Maria’s therapy practice is focused on developing her client’s strengths, helping them navigate their environment. Maria provides support and compassion to create a safe space for individuals to address their personal challenges. Maria can assist in the development of a personal tool kit with coping skills to manage the day-to-day stress.

Maria is committed to make a positive impact in each session by empowering, building strength, and helping attain personal goals. She encourages you to take the next step in your healing by reaching out to her for a brief consultation.

License #LMSW-22013