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Holly Essler, LCSW

CEO and Clinical Therapist

I am Holly Essler, Therapist and Owner of Empowering You Therapy LLC. I am a North Dakota native and moved to this beautiful state of Arizona in August of 2018. Although I do miss the Midwest at times (not the cold weather), I truly enjoy the warm weather and outdoors here in Arizona. 

I believe as individuals, we all have the strength within us to help improve our way of life. I am here to serve as an understanding, empathic, and non-judgmental support system as we navigate through the initial concerns that brought you to therapy. Understanding the significant relationship between our own thoughts, experiences, and behaviors will assist in developing a stronger sense of self and a higher form of functioning in the world around you.


In my free time I enjoy to spend time with my husband and our two fur babies. I enjoy hiking, skiing, traveling, golfing, reading, catching up with friends, talking for hours on the phone with my mom, yoga, occasional retail therapy, and writing. I love to laugh. I enjoy to use humor and think it is such an important part of our lives. 

Regardless of what brings you to seek therapy services I am here to help in your journey. I understand that therapy can be tough at times and making the initial appointment can be the hardest step. 


Empowering You Therapy provides a warm, non-bias, safe, and therapeutic environment. I want your experience to be as comfortable as possible and that’s why I provide a free 15-minute consultation to all clients.


Contact Holly at: 480-442-9089


See more of Holly's treatment specializations here.

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Janelle Hettick, LMSW


Sharing our stories can be hard. I know that it takes a lot of strength and vulnerability to open up with a therapist. The decision to seek therapy is usually at a difficult time in one’s life. When you are having trouble seeing the light, i’ll sit with you in the dark. You do not need to go through this alone. Your story is a privilege to hear and I will listen with empathy and sincerity, and without judgement or bias.


I acknowledge that you are the expert of your own life. I will support and empower you on this journey. You have what it takes to become the best version of yourself. My approach is person-centered and strengths-based. I will meet you where you are at and work with you at your own pace. My goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during the therapeutic process.


I am a Masters level clinician with a graduate degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. I was born and raised in New Jersey. I made Arizona my home in 2014. When I am not working, I am spending time with my fiance and our two huskies. I enjoy watching movies, listening to music, reading, and camping. I truly believe my life's purpose is to help others and I feel proud and fulfilled knowing that I get to do this every day.

Contact Janelle at: 480-331-3669 or

Schedule an appointment with Janelle here!

Marlayna Anderson, LMSW



My name is Marlayna Anderson and I am a Therapist who graduated from Arizona State University with a Masters in Social Work. I am originally born and raised in Arizona, but I have family all over the United States. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and photography.


I work with adolescents and adults providing individual therapy.My approach to therapy is client centered and we move at your own pace.


I am well versed in EMDR, grief support, motivational interviewing, strength based therapy, CBT and mindfulness techniques. I look forward to working with you and providing you with the tools and techniques to assist you in achieving your goals. I can't wait to work with you and help you achieve your therapeutic goals and live as the best version of you. 

Contact Marlayna at: 602-575-5359 or

Schedule an appointment with Marlayna here!

Kat Schofield, LAC



My name is Kat Schofield, I was born and raised in Chicago, IL. After graduating from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, I decided to pack up and move to this sunny state of Arizona. In my free time, I enjoy unplugging on long walks, high intensity workouts, yoga and meditation, reading, writing, and spending time with my sisters who double as my best friends. 


I believe that taking the first step towards beginning therapy can be a challenging one and finding the right therapist is an important piece to the process. I will work collectively with my clients to explore new strategies and therapeutic techniques that will help them navigate their life experiences to create a more full and meaningful life. 


My background includes working with teens and young adults who struggle with life transitions, self-esteem, body image, chronic stress, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I am experienced in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, while utilizing a holistic approach in my practice. I strive to provide a warm, empathetic and supportive environment for self-exploration and growth. I will be there to support my clients through their current struggles and past experiences.


I prioritize building a non-judgmental, collaborative and effective therapeutic relationship that promotes trust and safety while challenging my clients to achieve their goals. I tailor treatment to the needs of each individual that I have the pleasure of working with by incorporating a variety of therapeutic methodologies.


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