• 6909 W. Ray Rd. Suite #15-125 Chandler, AZ 85226
    2922 N. 18th Place Phoenix, AZ 85016

  • Hablamos Español (480) 712-8201

About Us
At Authentic Journey our goal is to partner with you to enhance the quality of your life. Whether you are dealing with something specific or are seeking increased satisfaction and balance in life, we here to help.

Violet Huerta, MBA, MAPC, LPC


I’ve held many titles in my career but the most recent one, and the one I am most proud of, is being called “Mommy”. I have a two year old daughter, who keeps me on my toes, and I am absolutely in love with her.

I truly enjoy working with people and feel passionate about the growth and possibilities life has to offer. My life has not been easy and this is what helps me relate to my clients. I have been in the mental health field for 13 years, and in that time I have provided mental health counseling, personal development coaching, and executive leadership.

I am an independently licensed professional counselor (LPC). I hold a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University, an Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Ottawa University. Mostly recently in 2018 I earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Arizona State University.

For fun I like to listen to music, watch movies, and I am a self-proclaimed “foodie”. I am also a Pinterest fanatic and enjoy the DIY projects.

Elizabeth Hightower, MA, LAC

Licensed Associate Counselor

As a native of Phoenix, I absolutely love Arizona. We have been blessed with a growing family, our son who is almost 3 years old, our daughter who was recently born on July 1st and two faithful dogs as constant companions.

Working toward my educational goals, I’ve received a B.A. in Sociology from Arizona State University, with a specific interest in families and have received an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University and fully intend to further my education to include my Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision.

During the past 8 years, I’ve been gaining knowledge and experience with various populations in mental health and especially enjoy working with children and their families. I currently hold my Associate License in Counseling. I am a level 1 certified “StoryPlay” therapist and truly enjoy utilizing play therapy to help clients meet their goals.

My husband and I strive to share as much time as possible outside adventuring with our family. Our favorite “get away” is in the Flagstaff area where you can find us sledding down a snowy bank or camping out in a tent under a starry summer night.

Tina Stoffel, MSC, LAC

Licensed Associate Counselor

I am a native to Arizona and proudly call it my home. I’ve had the honor to serve my community since 2000, initially as a social worker and later as a counselor. My journey as a counselor began in 2012, I have had the privilege to work with women and their families. Through my work I recognize each person comes with unique needs. I strive to create a safe and inviting environment to foster growth, trust, and vulnerability. I strongly believe that YOU are the expert in your journey and that “YOU are more than enough; perfectly imperfect in all of YOUR ways.”

I have a true passion for assisting women in finding hope and healing through utilizing various therapeutic approaches to assist in this journey. I wholeheartedly believe that by empowering women, they will regain command of their lives. In my work with women, I guide them to understand their emotional wounds and develop the skills necessary to live a fulfilling life.

I am a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC). I hold a B.S. in Family Studies and Human Development from University of Arizona and M.S. in Community Counseling from University of Phoenix. My primary areas of focus are co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental health disorder), anxiety, depression, trauma, women’s issues, grief and loss.

Laura Reyna

Business Manager

I grew up in West Texas where I developed a taste for barbecue and country music. I moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University and have called it home ever since. I am the business manager at Authentic Journey, as well as an experienced Behavioral Health Technician. I have enhanced my business skills through a background in the legal field and more recently in commercial and residential property management.

I have pursued the field of business through education and in my career. My professional career for 10 years was focused on the behavioral health field. I have a passion for working with people and providing an open ear, and when requested, some friendly advice or guidance.

I am interested in mental health and wellness as a tool to becoming a healthier version of myself. I enjoy reading, movies, learning about true crime, and cooking for my family.