Our Team

 
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Vicki Loyer, PhD, LMFT

AAMFT APPROVED SUPERVISOR

 

Vicki Loyer (Carlson) Ph.D., LMFT, is an AAMFT Clinical Member, Approved Supervisor and current past-president of the Arizona Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AzAMFT). Dr. Loyer is the CEO/President of Blue Door Psychotherapy, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry, and a Subject Matter Expert, Site Supervisor, and Instructor for Graduate Studies at Grand Canyon University. She uses a competency focused family therapy approach to working with individuals and families, and incorporates horses in her clinical work to provide an experiential opportunity to clients and clinical students. Dr. Loyer is a regular contributing author to the House Calls section of the Tucson magazine Desert Leaf, has co-author of books on premarital relationships and youth-at-risk, and has been publishing and speaking in the areas of self-injury, mental illness, addiction, and family therapy.
 

Dr. Loyer has a BA in Psychology (U of AZ), MS in Child Development and Family Studies (U of AZ), and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies (Oregon State U). After working as an Assistant Professor of Family Studies at West Virginia University, she completed externship training at the Family Therapy Practice Center in Washington DC, and returned to Tucson, Arizona in 1993 to open a private practice in marriage and family therapy.

 

Steve LeGendre

LMFT, LPC, Approved Supervisor

Steve LeGendre is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has over 40 years of experience working in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, and emergency room and medical hospital settings providing mental health evaluations and treatment. Steve is also recognized as an approved Spiritual Director.

 
Tara Gardenhire

MA, LMFT, Approved Supervisor

Tara believes in a whole health approach to mental health treatment with a focus on nutrition, exercise, and spirituality. She specializes in life span development (children, adolescents, adults, and aging) and family therapy, emphasizing work with trauma survivors, substance abuse, parenting, and couples. Tara has worked in the field of mental health for 10 years and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

 
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Bradley Heimann

MA, LMFT

Bradley graduated from the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Irvine.  Bradley has over 10 years of experience working with individuals, families, and children in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and is passionate in work with trauma, grief, and mindfulness. 

Sarah VanPelt

MFT Intern

Sarah is currently working on her master’s degree in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Northcentral University. Under Dr. Loyer’s supervision at Blue Door, Sarah’s internship includes working with individuals, couples, families, and children from a respectful, client-centered, and systemic perspective. She is particularly passionate about trauma research, the study of cultural humility, and serving minority populations.

 
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Ashley Clark

 Ashley is a graduate student at Northcentral University, pursuing her master's in marriage and family therapy. She has worked with children and families for years in community mental health centers in various capacities. As a therapist, she specializes in children and adolescents and is especially connected to families with children with special needs. She has worked with many diverse families, including LGBTQ+ and Blended families.