Gordon A Gunnell, MS, PLC - Phoenix Area Counseling

*Counseling & Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples, & Families *Counseling & Psychotherapy for Addictions *Consultation



Education, Training, Experience

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC)


2003 - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

2002 - Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC)

2002 - Master of Science (MS), Family Relations and Human Development, (ASU)

2002 - Graduate Certificate, Academic/Clinical Marriage & Family Therapy (ASU)

1997 - Graduate Certificate, Adult Development and Aging, (ASU)

1997 -  Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Arizona State University (ASU)


American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy


1997 - 2002: Master's degree program at ASU. Supervised clinical work with individuals, couples, and families at the ASU Marriage & Family Therapy clinic. Oral comprehensive exams and research thesis using observational methodology with married couples: Correlation Between Speaker Affect and Listener Nonverbal Behavior Among Distressed and Non-Distressed Married Couples. 

2002-2005 - Mobile Crisis Therapist with EMPACT-SPC

2003-2005 - Child and Family Therapist with Arizonas Children Association


Governor Appointment (2 years) - State of Arizona Domestic Relations Committee

Faculty Associate/Adjunct Professor in the Arizona State University School of Social and Family Dynamics.


2003 - Basic Mediation, Maricopa County Superior Court

2005 - Divorce and Family Mediation

2006 - Clinical Hypnosis - Introductory, Intermediate, & Advanced intensives (90 hours) from Jeff Zeig and the staff of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation.

2007 - Problem Gambling Treatment - Phases I and II (66 hours) through the Arizona Office of Problem Gambling.

2007 - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - 4 day intensive training (30 hours) in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for the treatment of PTSD at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.
2009 - Marriage and Couple Research and Intervention trainings (57 CE hours - Level I, Level II, Level IIIa) with the Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington. 


Between 2001 and 2005, I was an employed clinician in two community mental health agencies as a behavior modification specialist, a lead mobile crisis counselor, and a child and family therapist. I also worked as an intake-assessment specialist for a behavioral health hospital, assessing individuals with chemical dependencies and referring them for appropriate treatment. I have been an independent clinical practitioner since 2004, working with individuals, couples, and families. During that time, I have also completed over 500 hours of continuing education (CE). I have also been an approved provider of mental health and mediation services by the Maricopa County Superior Court (Family Court), and I practiced as a divorce and family mediator in private practice between 2005-2007.

I owned and managed a franchised small business in Sacramento and Tempe for 20 years prior to returning to academia in 1994 to begin a mid-life career/profession change. I am committed to life-long learning. I have been married to my wife since 1972. We have six children and 22 grandchildren, and we are now enjoying our empty nest together.




Gordon A. Gunnell, MS, PLC
15215 South 48th Street
Suite 116
Phoenix, AZ 85044
(480) 220-7050
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