D. Seth Jenkins, LPC, LISAC

About Seth

Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor
Clinical Supervisor
Meet Seth Jenkins
I have been working in the behavioral health field since 2005 when I began as a Behavioral Health Technician while completing graduate school. I am currently licensed through the state of Arizona as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC). My broad range of experiences and titles include: 
* Currently the Clinical Director at SpringBoard Recovery (https://www.springboardrecovery.com/) and Clinical Supervisor at Hunkapi (https://hunkapi.org/).  
* Provide placement and supervision to masters and undergraduate level interns
* Engaged in three year long Somatic Experiencing Training
* Lead groups as a facilitator
* Lead clinical teams through program direction, program development and clinical supervision
* Employed at Calvary Healing Center for seven years in numerous roles from primary therapist to Director of Outpatient services
* Served as an adjunct faculty member with Grand Canyon University teaching masters level classes and assisting in writing classes as a subject matter expert.
* Provided counseling services through Children and Adult Psychological Services (CAPS)
Therapeutic Approach

Let’s look at how and why.
Whatever area in life you are struggling with or looking for improvement in, it started somewhere and for a reason. Together we will seek to find this starting place so we can forge a new path to a solution.

What’s the story?
We all have a story about who we are and why we do what we do. We can become limited by the story we tell. We tell ourselves that we are bad at something or there is some goal we are incapable of reaching. Without changing the past, we can change the way we tell that story, which changes the way we perceive that past.  We can then become the victor in our lives rather than the victim of our circumstances.  As Wayne Dyer often said, “When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.”.

So… now what?
As a counselor, I find it very gratifying to help clients gain the kind of insight mentioned above. However, just because we understand how we got here doesn’t mean we are going to do anything about it or even that we know what to do next. If you choose to work with me, we will develop a plan of action to address what needs to change through changing thinking and behavior. Yes, this may mean homework. My plan for all of my clients is that we can collaborate on creating lasting change that will result in skills and tools that you will continue to use long after our collaboration is over.

Coping skills.
All of us develop coping skills. In some way they have all come as a response to dealing with our struggles. They help us get through difficult times in life. As we grow and progress through life, these coping skills can become maladaptive. When we have old coping skills that don’t work anymore sometimes we forget where they came from or why they don’t work anymore. It isn’t enough to just drop old coping skills, we need to replace them with new ones. We can work together to develop new and healthy coping skills so that you can have the life you are seeking.

In addition to my other tools, I am trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Mindfulness tools help to create grounding. Consider how often in life we are on automatic pilot. We engage in unhealthy habits without even realizing it until we receive consequences. Learning to integrate mindfulness into our lives helps us to bring our attention into the here-and-now and focus on what we are doing. Additionally, incorporating mindfulness practices installs a “preventative maintenance” attitude toward life rather than waiting for a crisis to occur and dealing with it then.


How I Can Help
I work with:
Adolescents – ages 13 and up
Issues I Help With:
Substance Use
Issues in Long Term Recovery
Relationship Skills
Relationship Loss
Finding Community
Career Counseling
Stress Tolerance
Shame and Guilt


Services I Provide

Energy Psychology

Energy psychology (EP) is a mind-body approach to understanding and improving human functioning. EP focuses on the relationship between bioenergy systems, neuro and electro physiological processes, and mental functions involving thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behavior.

EP applications incorporate natural energetic components into the treatment process that include, but are not limited to, meridians, chakras, biofields, and bio-electrical and electromagnetic activity of the body, the nervous system and the heart.

EP practitioners often combine cognitive and physical interventions with activation of one or more of the human bio-energy systems. Some practitioners focus on the way in which thought and intention are expressed in the bioenergy system, and explore the therapeutic value of precise use of language and congruent intention. EP approaches are often exceedingly rapid, have little to no adverse effects, are usually experienced as self-empowering by clients and patients, and are easily amenable to self-help protocols.

EP models have been beneficially applied to assessment and treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, pain, stress, psychophysiological issues, and self-sabotaging behaviors by a broad range of healthcare providers, to regulate affect and promote emotional and physical health.

"Treatment results have been shown to be enduring and relatively rapid. There are currently over 60 research studies, including multiple Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT) published in professional and refereed journals, confirming the treatment value of EP. Taken as a body of knowledge, these findings suggest that EP meets the criteria for evidenced-based treatment.”(ACEP website)

Read more at www.energypsych.org

D. Seth Jenkins, LPC, LISAC provides Spiritual Direction services at Optimal You.

Existential Therapy

Existential therapy focuses on our search for meaning. Many of us have had experiences that have led us to ask, “who am I now and what do these changes mean to me?” By looking at who we truly want to be and looking at the lessons learned in life we can make choices that help us to reach our maximum potential.

D. Seth Jenkins, LPC, LISAC provides Existential Therapy at Optimal You.

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy, developed by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls in the 1940s, is an experiential and humanistic form of therapy that was originally designed as an alternative to conventional psychoanalysis. Gestalt therapists and their clients use creative and experiential techniques to enhance awareness, freedom, and self-direction.The theory of Gestalt takes as its centerpiece two ideas: 1) hear and now awareness, and 2) we are inextricably caught in a web of relationship with all things. So it is only possible to truly know ourselves as we exist in relation to other things.

The idea is to avoid dwelling on the past or anxiously anticipating the future.

Experiences of the past may be addressed in therapy sessions, but the therapist and client will focus on exploring what factors made a particular memory come up in this moment, or how the present moment is impacted by experiences of the past.

At the core of Gestalt therapy is the holistic view that people are intricately linked to and influenced by their environments and that all people strive toward growth and balance. In the Gestalt approach emphasis is on the therapist’s use of empathy, understanding, and unconditional acceptance of the client to enhance therapeutic outcomes.

Mindfulness Practices

“Mindfulness” describes a mental state of nonjudgmental attention to and awareness of the present moment -- along with calm acknowledgment of feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations as they arise. Mindfulness can also describe a type of meditation practice which cultivates this awareness, a quality all human beings possess.

According to Mindful.org, “mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”

Mindfulness meditation comes from early Buddhist traditions over 2500 years old, developed to foster

  • clear thinking
  • compassion
  • open-heartedness, and
  • the alleviation of suffering

Despite its Buddhist origins, mindfulness meditation requires no special religious or cultural belief system. In fact, Jon-Kabat-Zinn PhD is internationally known for bringing these practices to the West – creating a research-based program called “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” that has benefited people from all walks of life. This program has been a helpful ancillary form of treatment for many patients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, anxiety, psoriasis, and other chronic conditions caused or exacerbated by modifiable lifestyle factors.

This is a way of having a look at our struggles from a unique perspective. Our personal history is a story we tell ourselves. This story creates our identity and sense of purpose. Sometimes we have chosen to tell a story that has kept us stuck in some way in our lives. By utilizing techniques such as journaling or retelling our stories we can narrate our stories in a different way. We can use the strengths and skills we have found along the way to look at our problems and struggles and create new chapters and solutions to lead us forward in our lives.

All Optimal You professionals apply some form of mindfulness principles or practice in their work.

Narative Therapy

This is a way of having a look at our struggles from a unique perspective. Our personal history is a story we tell ourselves. This story creates our identity and sense of purpose. Sometimes we have chosen to tell a story that has kept us stuck in some way in our lives. By utilizing techniques such as journaling or retelling our stories we can narrate our stories in a different way. We can use the strengths and skills we have found along the way to look at our problems and struggles and create new chapters and solutions to lead us forward in our lives.

D. Seth Jenkins, LPC, LISAC provides Narrative Therapy at Optimal You.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. The person seeking direction shares stories of his or her encounters of the divine, or how he or she is cultivating a life attuned to spiritual things. The director listens and asks questions to assist the directee in his or her process of reflection and spiritual growth. Spiritual direction advocates claim that it develops a deeper awareness with the spiritual aspect of being human, and that it is not psychotherapy, counseling, or financial planning.

Leslie Putt, MPT, CZB and Mary Triller, MDiv, MTh and D. Seth Jenkins, LPC, LISAC provide Spiritual Direction services at Optimal You.

Stress Reduction and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Stress is part of being alive and some of its stimulating effects can be good, but too much of it can have a negative effect on our health. Stress Management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will help you learn more effective ways of coping with stress by:

  1. helping you recognize and evaluate any factors that may be putting you under any unnecessary stress,
  2. provide you with the stress management skills necessary for you to alter or change the feeling, thoughts, or behaviors that are aggravating or causing your current health problems, and
  3. will show you, through mindfulness based practices, that you can control physical stress by learning to relax and flow through it.

The various techniques that can be employed in a stress management therapy session include relaxation, biofeedback, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and mindfulness–based practices such as guided imagery, deep breathing, muscle stretching, and meditation. Instead of being stuck in flight, flight, or freeze, you learn how to flow.

See more at www.goodtherapy.org/mindfulness-based-approaches-contemplative-approaches.html

Optimal You professionals providing Stress Reduction and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

Beverlee Laidlaw Chasse, MC, LPC
Naomi Berry, MC, LPC
Ben Woodruff, LCSW, MDiv
Wendy Moyer, MS, LMFT
D. Seth Jenkins, LPC, LISAC

Substance Use Therapy

The keys to substance use problems involve answering two important questions; how did I get here and what do I do now? Dealing with underlying causes and conditions that created the substance use issue in the first place allows us to heal some old wounds that we are attempting to heal through substance use. With underlying issues addressed we can create healthy solutions for moving forward. However, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to dealing with substance use so we will collaborate together in creating what will work for you to achieve long-term recovery.

D. Seth Jenkins, LPC, LISAC provides Substance Use Therapy at Optimal You.

Phone: 602-492-4022 Email: davidsethjenkins@gmail.com

Saturday 8 AM – 1 PM

$100 an hour         
I do not take insurance but will provide a Superbill for clients to submit to their insurance carrier.


24 hours advance notice is required of a cancelled appointment or client will be billed for 1 hour session.