About Aha! Counseling AZ
The Story of the Mesa Counselor
I am Kris Godinez, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Arizona. A graduate of the University of Phoenix Master of Counseling program in 2005. Prior to receiving my degree, I had extensive experience volunteering for grief recovery programs such as The Dougy Center and The New Song Center.
Who I Am
Born the youngest of five from a Brady Bunch marriage (Dad had two, Mom had one they had two in their marriage. My Dad was unfortunately an addict and had a personality disorder.) I knew from an early age I wanted to help people and make them laugh. I originally pursued a career in acting but quickly found that world was full of people who needed to lie on a couch and talk to someone about their parents. After talking to yet another actor who felt they needed to starve themselves/do drugs to stay thin and in the business, I decided to leave acting and go make a real difference in the world and become a Licensed Professional Counselor. I received my Master Counselor degree from University of Phoenix in 2005. I did my practicum at Catholic Charities and then completed my internship working at the homeless shelter in downtown Phoenix.
My internship work included working with:
- Substance abuse
- Group counseling
After getting my LPC I opened Aha Counseling AZ in 2009. In 2010 I wrote my first book about growing up in a family that had addiction and mental illness called “What’s Wrong with Your Dad?” I’ve been married to my husband John since 1996 and we are the proud parents of two fur babies. As an avid dog owner, I recognize that the loss of a pet can be as devastating as the loss of a human companion and can help you if you are struggling with the loss of your pet.
Reaching a Wider Audience
After writing the book, I wanted to reach a wider audience and started “We Need to Talk” which is a mental health/social issues talk radio show on Dave Pratt’s Starworldwidenetwork.com I also post mental health videos on WWWKAS youtube channel so I can help as many people as possible. Contact me today at (480) 772-2561 to learn more!
What Makes Me Unique?
- I am licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.
- I have the utmost respect for the privacy of our clients.
- I believe in the highest ethics.
- I support personal growth and empowerment.
- I impart knowledge which in turn provides awareness giving you the opportunity for a positive life change.