Dr Karen Zazzera

Grounded firmly in the science of behavioral health and addiction recovery, Dr Karen Zazzera is a highly educated, trained, and credentialed professional. She holds a Doctor of Behavioral Health degree from Arizona State University, she is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona, a trained EMDR Therapist, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), and a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP).  She is an expert at helping people heal from addiction, codependency, trauma, marriage & relationship problems, and other behavioral health concerns. She provides counseling and intervention services.

“Karen”, as she prefers to be called, is the founder of Scottsdale Intervention & Counseling. She has worked as a professional in the behavioral health treatment industry since 1995 in residential, inpatient, outpatient, and private practice environments. Her passion for healing addiction began with her own recovery from alcohol and drug use 23 years ago and has grown into a quest to provide those seeking healing from addiction and behavioral health problems with the best available treatment. She has a passion for staying true to fundamental methods for creating healthy behavioral change while also staying current with new science. She continues to learn and educate others about the most current and effective methods, while discouraging people from being allured by the latest “quick fix” trend.

Professional Credentials

  • Doctor of Behavioral Health Degree (DBH), 2010, Arizona State University
  • Master of Counseling Degree (MC), 1999, University of Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Health Care Administration, 1988, Idaho State University
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • EMDR trained therapist
  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)
  • Certified Intervention Professional (CIP)
  • Board Member, The Network of Independent Interventionists
  • Member of the Network of Independent Interventionists
  • Past Board member, Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS)
  • Full Member of the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS)
  • Past Vice President of the Board of Directors for the International Interventionists Credentialing Board (IICB)
  • Past Training and Certification as a Compulsive Gambling Counselor

Karen grew up in South Florida and has lived in Scottsdale Arizona since 1988.  She and her husband enjoy living in the Sonoran Desert with all its’ wildlife and beauty.  She enjoys connecting to nature as a daily meditation and spiritual practice.  Cooking healthy food, practicing yoga, hiking, and biking are among her passions.

Karen’s Personal Story

In July of 1994 life as I knew it changed. That was the day I “reluctantly” admitted that I needed help. My drug and alcohol use had beaten me and robbed me of a lot, but most importantly it took my dignity and self respect. I was a slave to my addiction.

While my family watched me self-destruct, I felt tremendous guilt and shame about what I knew they saw. But I was unable to do anything about it. I know now that my brain had been “hijacked” by addiction rendering me powerless to get out of this way of life on my own. In the end, it was the love and concern of my family that got me into recovery. They did not give up on me, and for that I am forever grateful.
Prior to recovery I did not know that there was a better way to live. When I got into recovery from my addiction I was overwhelmed with hope. I wanted to shout from the rooftop to all my addicted friends, “You can be free!”

That continues to be my message today. Based on my personal experience with recovery from active addiction and what I have learned by studying and treating addiction for many years, I know that addiction is a brain disease that can be arrested, forever.

Addiction not only destroys the lives of addicts. Family members can be just as devastated by this family systemic disease. When treating addiction my focus is to help addicts and families find peace and dignity – to go on to live healthy, happy, and productive lives.

My expertise extends beyond addiction, to a rich understanding of the underlying issues of poor self esteem, negative self image, resentment, lack of self confidence, feeling disconnected from others, lack of motivation, and the loss of a sense of meaning in one’s life that plague so many people. This understanding allows me to successfully help people who do not have addiction problems, but experience other problems such as marriage / relationship problems, depression, anxiety, history of past trauma, chronic pain, and many others.

My message is HOPE!  I want to help you move past whatever is blocking you so you can create the life that is right for you.

Chrissy Bonney

Chrissy Bonney is a certified Life and Recovery Coach and has worked with women in residential, inpatient and private practice since 2002.  She has also worked directly with members of the community through behavioral health services with the Phoenix Fire Department.  Today, her clientele are often young adults who are looking for answers to challenging questions about themselves and their lives. Generally, her clients are looking for direction and guidance and desire growth and change in a particular area of their lives. Chrissy provides a safe space for her clients to explore who they are, what they want and how to get there.

Chrissy’s Personal Story

Her own personal life experiences with addiction play a huge role in her success, as a recovery and life coach.

The last day I used any mind-altering substance, including alcohol, was September 11, 2001.  This was a very dark part of my life, but also a turning point.  I began to look to others for guidance and found healthy suggestions through therapy, support groups, and family members.  With my life in ruins and emotions so raw, I was desperate and willing to do anything they proposed.  It was suggested that I move into a halfway house for women new to recovery, get a sponsor, make new friends and go to meetings.  I took these suggestions and I continued to follow the guidance of those who came before me.  I didn’t know if anything they suggested would work for me, and I had no understanding that a 12-step program and therapy would transform me. But over time, I built a solid foundation of recovery, formed many friendships with people in recovery, and I began to see my life change in a big way. If it wasn’t for the loving guidance of others and the willingness to try their ideas, I may very well be dead today.

I was blessed to find recovery very early in my lifetime.  At only 22 years of age, I found myself wondering how I was going to stay clean for the rest of my life.  I thought I would never have fun again and building new friendships was frightening. The challenges that young people face when making this transformation in their lives are unique.  It was important for me, being young in recovery, to relate and connect with other people my age who could understand what I was going through.  As a life and recovery coach, my goal is to connect with young people who want to make positive changes in their lives and offer them guidance and support. 

I am passionate about helping people turn their lives around; it is the best feeling in the world to get to be a part of that!

When your world is shaking and you are praying that the world will stop shaking, consider that it may be your Higher Power doing the shaking.