The Family Therapist Tucson Trusts​

Meet the Relationship Renovation Team

Our counselors, therapists, and office staff power our ability to make meaningful changes in others’ lives. Whether you’re in need of a relationship counselor or family therapist in Tucson, our team is here to help you.

Enthusiastic Relationship Renovation team, dedicated to helping couples strengthen their bonds and reignite the spark through our comprehensive relationship improvement programs.

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Our counselors, therapists, and office staff power our ability to make meaningful change in others’ lives.

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Tarah Kerwin

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Finalizing her education, Tarah received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2004. She began her career in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT 47208) working in private practice specializing in couples counseling. Tarah moved to Arizona in 2010 and founded He Said She Said Couples Counseling Practice alongside her husband E.J. Kerwin. Tarah & E.J. are passionate about supporting couples in developing meaningful relationships and have developed a podcast, social media programs, and a 12-week Relationship Renovation program that has impacted hundreds of couples.

Relationship Renovation Podcast

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EJ Kerwin

Licensed Professional Counselor

EJ  has worked in a broad array of clinical settings. His background in western psychology, mindfulness, and eastern philosophy allows him to create a holistic approach to his client’s journey to wellness.  A large part of EJ’s clinical work focuses on helping others increase awareness around behavioral and cognitive patterns that create obstacles in their life and develop strategies to live a value integrated life. His passion is supporting individuals and couples in becoming their best selves and lessening the suffering in the world. 

Relationship Renovation Podcast

Robin Memel Fox

Licensed Professional Counselor & Board-certified Dance/ Movement Therapist

With over 25 years of experience working in the field of mental health and wellness, Robin has worked with individuals, couples, families and children of all ages throughout her career in both community mental health and treatment centers. She has extensive experience and expertise in Trauma, relationships, addiction and couples/family systems. Robin’s dynamic approach includes utilizing psychodynamic, somatic psychotherapy, neuroscience, mindfulness and EMDR. She holds her MA in Somatic Psychology/Dance/Movement Therapy from Naropa University and is trained in EMDR, level II. Robin is grateful to be a part of this team and to support couples and individuals on their paths to developing new ways of relating and coping with past and current issues.

Podcast Episodes:

Using the Body to Connect – Dance Therapy with Robin Memel Fox
EMDR Demystified - Interview with Robin Memel Fox MA/LPC
Embodied Healing- How Trauma Effects Relationships
Tricia-Karwas​

Tricia Karwas

Director of Operations

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Business from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She is a licensed Realtor ® in the state of Arizona. Tricia spent seven years working for large corporations managing luxury vacation rentals and apartment complexes. Tricia is a Certified Tourism Ambassador and enjoys giving recommendations for local restaurants and attractions. She is happy to say she has found her true calling in helping people in the mental health field. Her creativity, organizational skills, and enthusiastic spirit help ensure quality care at our counseling center.

Kelby Jones

Licensed Associate Counselor

After realizing that his dreams of working in Film and Television production were not aligned with his personal goals and needs, Kelby began a 4-year journey of finding himself and his purpose. Through his healing journey, Kelby realized his passion for therapy and guiding others along their path. Kelby’s experience in his education and career has cultivated an approach that utilizes elements of CBT, DBT, mindfulness, psychosomatic and affective neuroscience to help individuals understand how and why past trauma interferes with or inhibits our interpersonal connections and the way we live, work, and love. Kelby specializes in LGBTQIA+ experiences, religious trauma, disordered attachment, anxiety, depression, and relationship dynamics through this approach. Kelby’s goal is to provide the space and structure for individuals and couples to examine their experiences and process them through various modalities and interventions that seek to soothe the nervous system allowing us to show up for ourselves and our loved ones without fear, shame, or blame. 

Podcast Episodes:

Unveiling the Power of Shame in Intimate Relationships: Understanding its Impact and Overcoming its Grip – Interview with Kelby Jones MS/LAC​
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Teresa Jansen

Licensed Associate Counselor & Certified Breathwork Facilitator

Teresa is passionate about Breathwork and allowing the body to lead individuals in the healing process. She has worked closely with individuals, families, couples, and children in the foster care system and trauma/crisis agencies. Her goal as a therapist is to provide a safe environment where individuals feel supported and encouraged. Teresa is here to help align you with your personal goals and values so that you can live an integrated and embodied life full of hope for your future.

Podcast Episodes:

Navigating Ambivalence: Exploring the Uncertain Path of Relationships with Teresa Jansen​
Learning to Manage Stress and Anxiety as a Couple – interview with Teresa Jansen​

Erin Roepcke

MA/LMSW

Erin brings diverse life and professional experiences to her work at Relationship Renovation. Throughout her career, she has worked with clients across the lifespan, including young children (birth-5) and their caregivers, adults with general mental health concerns and severe mental illness, adolescents navigating the transition to young adulthood, and hospice patients and their loved ones. Erin’s training includes attachment-focused and behavioral intervention, which she blends in a unique approach to her work with individuals and relationships. Erin is also trained in EMDR, which she has used in trauma work with adults and adolescents.
A nearly-native Tucsonan, Erin is a mom, a stepmom, and a grandma. She has survived cancer both as a patient and a partner, experiences which have impacted her perspective on authentic vulnerability, boundaries, partnership, and resilience.
Erin takes a collaborative approach to counseling, honoring the unique experiences of each of her clients and helping them to find the healing that aligns with their values and needs as individuals and partners.

Podcast Episodes:

Vulnerable Strength: Erin and Michael’s Journey Through Illness and Emotional Resilience ​

Renay Burger

LAMFT, CCTP, and CPP-rostered clinician

Renay Burger, an LAMFT, CCTP, and CPP-rostered clinician, received her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2018. Although the master’s degree helped clear her path into the profession, two decades of creative collaboration with her husband of 19 years has given Renay an ever-evolving personal understanding of the roles of harmony, discord, listening, and story in the cultivation of compassionate communication. Inspired by the belief that attachment experiences and the power of human connection are uniquely equipped to effect long-lasting change, she specializes in facilitating treatment in individuals, couples, families, children, and systems impacted by complex trauma. As a clinician, through creativity, authenticity, and humor, Renay’s goal is to offer clients a collaborative environment of presence, play, curiosity, and compassion wherein long-lasting change is possible and celebrated at each stage and angle of the therapeutic process.      

Podcast Episodes:

Overcoming Burnout in Relationships: Tips and Tools for Building Resilience Together – Interview with Renay & Aaron
Pt 1. Staying Connected – The Importance of Play in Relationship – Interview with Renay LMFT ​
Pt. 2 Importance of Play in your Relationship – Renay Burger​

Audrey Darnell

Licensed Associate Counselor

Audrey’s experience in the behavioral health field includes working with children, youth, and adults from a diversity of life experiences, including individuals with substance use disorders and trauma backgrounds. She approaches the therapy process with humility and curiosity, knowing that unconditional positive regard and trust are essential to the therapeutic relationship. She utilizes cognitive, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness modalities to support individuals in increasing self-awareness and developing a different relationship with their thoughts and emotions. Audrey strives to be person-centered and compassion-focused, meeting each individual where they are at and supporting them in building compassion for themselves and others in their lives throughout their therapeutic journeys. Having grown up in a big family, I understand how our family histories impact us on our wellness journey.

Podcast Episodes:

Mindful Self-Compassion: The Missing Link to Building Strong, Securely Attached Relationships – Interview with Audrey Darnell LAC ​

Nicole Surran

Primary Therapist

Nicole began her career in behavioral health in 2014, working primarily with adults with serious mental illness, justice system involvement, and various co-occurring substance use and neurocognitive disorders. Nicole has experience working in outpatient and inpatient settings, as well as over six years in local government as a Licensed Fiduciary. She comes to Relationship Renovation in pursuit of a transition in her career; she is seeking her MS in Dance/Movement Therapy from Pratt Institute, which combines her passion for counseling and her lifelong creative practice as a dancer and artist. Nicole incorporates body, mind, and creative spirit into her definition of healing and appreciates a relational, humanistic psychotherapy perspective when working with her clients. She believes in working with her clients to create and achieve their definitions of wellness!

Janessa​ Sala

Office Manager

Janessa graduated from the University of Arizona in May of 2022 with her BA in Psychology. Here, she also participated in the LifeSTEP internship, where she had the opportunity to mentor youth in the community, further solidifying her interest in working in the mental health field. She is currently in the process of applying to graduate school to pursue a degree in Clinical Psychology. Janessa is also active within the Tucson arts community as a member and co-artistic director of 520 Dance Company, where she enjoys being a part of a supportive group of creative individuals. She began her time at Relationship Renovation as an office intern in the summer of 2021 and took on the role of an administrator in 2022. Janessa is happy to be a part of the team at RR and work in a collaborative and encouraging environment. She loves being able to support our therapists as they do their work and provide assistance to clients throughout their journey at Relationship Renovation. 

Elaine Maher

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Elaine graduated in 2000 with a MA in Social Work from the University of Hawaii and obtained her LCSW in 2004. With 18 years of practice while working for the Army as a civilian and a year with the VA, she has gained years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and children. Her special practice skills include relationship and individual counseling to include trauma healing, depression, anxiety, and using somatic regulation skills such as Mindfulness and grounding. Elaine studied in a three-year program for energy balancing to promote wellness both in personal and professional practice. She has been trained in compassionate bereavement care for traumatic and chronic grief, along with the modalities of cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, EMDR, cognitive processing, and prolonged exposure. Elaine practices yoga and mindfulness with a balanced lifestyle and remembers that it is a practice that includes patience and forgiveness.

Podcast Episodes:

Unmasking the Silent Battles: Elaine Maher Reveals the Challenges Faced by Military Spouses

Leanne Rogers

MA Counseling

Leanne is a compassionate couples therapist who guides partners through the intricate maze of relationships. With a background in wedding planning and a Masters in Counseling focusing on couples and families from Palo Alto University, Leanne believes in the transformative potential of love. Leanne is inclusive in her practice and knows relationships can look a myriad of different ways. She fosters a safe, non-judgmental space where couples explore their emotions and conflicts, drawing from her expertise in Attachment Theory (EFT), Differentiation Theory (Developmental Model), Insight Meditation, and the wisdom of experts like Esther Perel and the Gottmans. Leanne’s mindful approach and dedication create a supportive environment, empowering couples to deepen their connections and master effective conflict resolution. Join us on a journey to rediscover the essence of your relationship under Leanne’s expert guidance.

Podcast Episodes:

Unmasking the Silent Battles: Elaine Maher Reveals the Challenges Faced by Military Spouses

Ralph Miller

Masters Level Intern

Ralph is a  dedicated counseling student who brings a wealth of holistic expertise to his practice. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in health science from the University of Arizona and currently pursuing counseling studies at Capella University, Ralph is slated to graduate in June 2024. With over two decades of experience as a Yoga teacher and lightworker, he is a certified 200-hour Yoga teacher from the Living Yoga Program and a skilled life coach trained through the Robbins-Maddanes (Tony Robbins) center. Ralph is also proficient in craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, Thai massage, polarity therapy, Reiki, and energetic healing, having received training from reputable institutions such as the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America. In his counseling practice, Ralph adopts a person-centered approach, emphasizing healthy communication, vulnerability, and intimacy between couples. With a focus on relationship counseling, he provides a nurturing space where couples can explore their emotions and enhance their connections.

Podcast Episodes:

Unmasking the Silent Battles: Elaine Maher Reveals the Challenges Faced by Military Spouses

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