Desert Milagros meaning "desert miracles," provides a place for healing and recovery.
Life is a journey that presents many opportunities for personal growth. The path to a freer and more joyful state of mind begins with identifying your healing and recovery needs. We have carefully chosen methods that effectively release thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve you. We believe that addressing issues underlying your challenges is the most effective way to reduce symptoms and to achieve real healing at the mental, emotional, and physical levels. Self-empowerment is also emphasized by teaching you tools that not only manage your thoughts and emotions in the present but can be used throughout your lifetime to effectively handle life’s many challenges.
While each person uniquely experiences their path to recovery, we believe that the tools and methods provided in that process can greatly accelerate one’s return to wellness and improve personal functioning. It is our goal to provide you with the best-trained professionals and treatment methods that can assist you in that journey.
At Desert Milagros, you will find many opportunities for healing and recovery through the various programs we offer for the treatment of disordered eating, trauma, and mental health issues. All our programs encourage and promote one’s spirit and desire to thrive in life.
Therapist at Desert Milagros are Master’s level professionals who are trained in various treatment modalities and best practices that address recovery and healing from a holistic perspective. Support staff including dietitians, counseling assistants, and personal trainers are certified in their area of expertise. All of our staff participate in continuing education and training to enhance their abilities to provide you with the best possible care.
Kim received her Masters of Arts in Counseling from the University of New Mexico, following a career in the educational field. Kim is the Clinical Director for Desert Milagros and oversees the clinical team and the treatment programs at Desert Milagros. She is an innovative director who cares about the services provided to our patients and continues to develop each program to best address patient needs.
Kim has a therapeutic background in attachment theory, interpersonal biology, family systems, and trauma theory. She is a student of the Tapas Acupressure Technique and uses forms of energy psychology to help patients gain relief from symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Laura graduated with her Masters degree in Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and is a licensed clinical social worker. Her clinical background includes working in a variety of settings including Community Mental Health, Child Advocacy, Crisis Intervention, and Adult Partial Hospitalization Programs. Her therapeutic approach is person-centered and she focuses on helping each patient reach meaningful goals in their recovery process.
Laura is a member of the Eating Disorder Treatment team and provides group therapy for our adult patients.
Katee received her Masters in Social Work from Boise State University. She has a background in community nutrition, and counseling including trauma resolution, eating disorders, and recreational therapy. She has had several roles with Desert Milagros beginning as a counseling assistant where she assisted in all our groups and with all ages. After completing a year internship with us, she decided to stay with Desert Milagros and is now part of the clinical team. Katee facilitates groups in our Trauma program and facilitates intake interviews and assessments.
Katee's therapeutic approach is grounded in a person-centered and strengths-based perspective.
Katherine is a certified personal trainer holding advanced certifications in Corrective Exercise and Weight Management, emphasizing functional movement, through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. As a personal trainer, Katherine assists patients in regaining range of motion, improving life impairments through emphasizing integrated whole-body movements, balance and coordination, leading to better stability and mobility. Katherineworks with all patients throughout our programs and facilitates a specialized groups for the Binge Eating program and patients dealing with obesity related issues.
Katherine obtained her BA from the University of Washington. She holds the following certifications:
- CPT: American Council on Exercise
- CES: National Academy of Sports Medicine
- WLS: National Academy of Sports Medicine
- CAFS: Gray Institute
- COS: American Council on Exercise