Dedicated Experts With a Passion for Healing
Dedicated Experts With a Passion for Healing
From admissions and administration to our Senior Fellows, clinical team, and executive leadership, we pride ourselves on providing quality care from some of the industry’s leading experts. At Rio Retreat Center, we have a dedicated team that does nothing but workshops. All highly skilled master’s-level therapists trained in trauma, you’ll find them to also be compassionate, dynamic facilitators who will walk side by side with you on your journey. That passion comes from each of them having done their own work, seeing that positive shift in themselves, and wanting that for others.
Jean Collins-Stuckert, Executive Director of Workshops at the Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, is licensed in the state of Arizona as a clinical social worker (LCSW) and substance abuse counselor (LISAC) and is also a certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT). She received her master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University.
Collins-Stuckert has been in the behavioral health field for more than two decades and joined the Meadows Behavioral Healthcare team in 2007. At MBH, she has held positions that range from family and primary counselor to workshop facilitator, intake interventionist, and program and clinical director of workshops. In addition to bringing her vast experience and passion for intensives to Rio Retreat Center, Collins-Stuckert also owned and operated a successful private practice in Phoenix for a decade.
Georgia Fourlas, Clinical Director of Workshops for Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in social work. She has worked in the field of behavioral health for more than 20 years and has extensive experience working with adults and children as a crisis counselor, trauma therapist, and addictions therapist. More than a decade of Dr. Fourlas’ experience has been working with patients in an inpatient setting at both state and privately funded agencies. She also previously held positions as a program coordinator, program director, and clinical director, and she is an approved clinical supervisor through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Dr. Fourlas draws from an eclectic blend of theoretical perspectives and creative approaches to therapy designed to reach both motivated and resistant patient populations and to maximize the potential for personal healing and growth.
An addictions counselor working primarily with young adults dealing with heroin addiction, Katherine Jensen earned a BA in business administration from the University of Nebraska. The native Nebraskan also holds an MA in counseling, specializing in trauma, abuse, and deprivation, and she is trained in EMDR I & II and Post-Induction Therapy.
Jensen discovered her calling through her own healing journey. At Rio Retreat, she serves as a Survivors therapist, facilitating the Survivors workshop process for patients. It’s a process she says she fully believes in, “as it helped me reclaim my own life.”
With four thriving adult children, Jensen enjoys watercolor painting, card making, scrapbooking, photography, or almost any arts and crafts during her downtime.
A native of Los Angeles, Charmaine Kemp is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. She is also pursuing a doctoral degree in the field of human sexuality from Widener University. Kemp has extensive experience in the field of behavioral health in inpatient and outpatient settings specializing in trauma, relational issues, and chemical and process addictions. Trained in Post-Induction Therapy, she worked as a primary therapist at Gentle Path prior to transferring to Rio Retreat Center. In her current role as workshop facilitator, she is able to combine her passion for teaching with therapy.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Azure Adams earned an undergrad degree from Sonoma State University followed by a master’s in sport-exercise psychology and another in mental health counseling from Argosy University. A licensed professional counselor and certified sex addiction therapist-candidate, Adams is also certified in dialectical behavior therapy, craniosacral therapy, and is a KRI level 1 yoga teacher.
Coming from a family of behavioral health providers, this line of work was a natural path for Adams. Before joining the MBH team, she amassed a wide array of experience that included seven years working in an inpatient setting, three years in community in-home mental health counseling, two years working mobile crisis, and five years spent helping kids and teens in “the system” in California.
In her role at Rio Retreat, Adams facilitates group therapy, teaches grounding and regulating skills, guides trauma and experiential work, and creates a safe container for emotional vulnerability and growth. She says one of the most rewarding parts of her job is witnessing her clients’ insights, connections, and “aha” moments.
When not working, you can find Adams hiking the trails of Arizona, watching movies, reading, building Legos, and photographing and enjoying the abundance of wildlife of Arizona.
Born in McAllen, Texas, Alex Hardwicke spent her first five years in Ireland before the family returned to Houston, Texas. As an adult, she traveled extensively, living in California, Oregon, and Mexico, among other locations. Hardwicke studied at University of California before completing her BA at Southern Oregon University. She then earned an MA in community counseling at the University of Texas. A licensed professional counselor, she is also trained in EMDR and Natural Lifemanship.
Previously a program director for a large inpatient treatment center in Texas, Hardwicke has served as a therapist at outpatient programs, a private practice for families, and at addiction-focused treatment centers. She has also worked with young children suffering from severe trauma, adolescents at a residential treatment center, managed a high-acuity unit, and worked with those struggling with disabilities.
She’s always been an empathetic individual, and Hardwicke finds helping others “the most fulfilling thing I could imagine.” In recovery herself, she now wants to give that gift to others. She joined the staff at Rio Retreat and The Meadows in 2021. In her current role, Hardwicke provides trauma-informed care for clients that attend our workshops, facilitates clinical lectures, and teaches clients about trauma — how it’s affected them and how to develop healthy coping skills and other clinical tools. Some of her favorite parts of the job include watching clients release carried shame and other painful emotions they’ve held onto and their entire lives as well as seeing how clients progress so much in a five-day workshop.
When not working, Hardwicke loves spending time with friends and family, attending recovery meetings and events, making homemade ice cream and baking other sweet treats, advancing her knowledge in the field of counseling, dancing, practicing interior design, journaling, working out, riding her bike and traveling.
Hailing from Russellville, Alabama, Zira Franks attended University of Phoenix, earning a BS in psychology and a master’s in clinical mental health counseling. A Licensed Associate Counselor trained in Post-Induction Therapy and specializing in experiential techniques and trauma, she is currently working toward being a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Franks worked in the behavioral and mental health system for more than a decade before coming to work at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. She provided support to parents of children with special needs, offering direct services and counseling, and she provided group counseling to children with developmental delays regarding life skills. Franks also built an adult mental health program and developed and facilitated a domestic violence and abuse group counseling program, presenting it at the International Association for Marriage and Family Counseling’s World Conference in 2019. Other career highlights include trainings for SAMSHA and the National Federation of Families, participating in forums to help bring trauma-informed care to the State of Arizona, working in partnership with the Arizona Child Welfare System, and statewide advocacy to bring awareness to mental health, autism, and domestic violence issues.
Franks provides group counseling to people using a diverse number of modalities to help them work through their childhood traumatic experiences. She facilitates change in people looking to seek a healthier, fulfilling life. When not doing that, she can be found spending time with her adult daughter and her service dog, Koko, who she uses to help people with anxiety. She also has a wide range of interests that include everything from weightlifting, camping, and flea markets to dancing, gardening, hunting, and movie musicals.
Born in the backwoods of Georgia, Detrial Williams was raised in Florida’s Tampa Bay area. She completed her undergraduate degree from Chaffey Community College then earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology, with an emphasis in marital and family therapy from California Baptist University.
A certified professional parent trainer and lay counselor, Williams is trained in trauma therapy, Post-Induction Therapy, play therapy, individual psychology (Adlerian therapy), and holds certifications in Rutgers Adoption Competency and from the Florida Department of Children & Families Substance Abuse & Mental Health. She is also a Licensed Associate Marital & Family Therapist in Arizona and Florida, and she currently sit on the board of directors for the Florida Adlerian Society.
Williams initially set out to become a surgical nurse, but her math skills were a barrier, so she took a career assessment and learned she is a humanitarian at heart. That led to a career in social work, mental health, and then marital family counseling “because it all starts with the family,” she explains. Over the course of her career, Williams has fallen in love with seeing individuals and families’ lives changed because someone listened. Past roles include 14 years as a lay counselor in the church, six years working with at-risk children in the education system, 12 years working with children and families in the foster care system, and five years working with families with substance use and in recovery.
A single mother of one biological daughter and four stepchildren, Williams enjoys cooking, playing board games, outdoor activities like camping and barbecues in the backyard, and traveling. She’s also a fan of Marvel comics and football.
A Phoenix native, Hannah Carrizoza is a 200-hour YTT yoga instructor at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. She is also a NADA-certified acupuncture detoxification specialist and is trained in sports medicine and rehabilitation services. She has her own yoga business, Electric Lotus Yoga LLC, where she’s been teaching yoga since 2018.
She found meaning, internal peace, and recovery through the practice and philosophy of yoga. Helping others find their inner peace and connection to self is a tremendous passion of hers, and she is currently pursuing a degree in social work with aspirations of becoming a LCSW to share this in a bigger way.
As the activities coordinator at Rio Retreat Center, her main role is managing evening activities for workshop participants. This may include tai chi, live music, equine-assisted learning, a weekly 12-Step meeting, auricular acupuncture, or aquatic free time — she even steps in as lifeguard during pool hours. Then there’s yoga. In addition to yoga classes structured around relaxation and restoration, Carrizoza also provides yoga specifically catered to releasing trauma. Utilizing the tools taught in this course, participants can begin to release held tensions and trauma, improve self-esteem and mind-body connection, and reprogram the mind to approach adversity and stress from a relaxed state of awareness as opposed to over-reactivity.
When not working, Carrizoza enjoys practicing yoga (of course!), spoiling her dog, hiking, spending time with family and friends, weightlifting, traveling, and longboarding.
Bookstore Clerk, Rio Retreat Center
Raised in Wickenburg, Arizona, Dana Larimer is originally from Texas and brings 10+ years of retail experience to her role at Rio Retreat. She’s done everything from sales, merchandising, and buying to logistics, training, and bookkeeping. She actually fell into this line of work accidentally and discovered she had a passion for merchandising and finding interesting merchandise that our customers might enjoy.
Her job of bookstore clerk includes buying, merchandising, and creating a personalized shopping experience for every client. Each customer is different, and Larimer enjoys meeting new people and discovering new things about our merchandise and programs through their eyes.