Tamara Garden, MA, LPC, Clinical Director

Tamara received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Valparaiso University. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona. 

Tamara brings a narrative approach to the counseling process, which allows an understanding of the uniqueness of everyone. Tamara is considered a trauma specialist with specialized training in EMDR from the EMDR institute and Theraplay training from the Theraplay Institute, which allows her to provide effective therapeutic treatment of trauma. 

She also has specialized education in child development, ADHD in children and adults, disruptive behavior disorders, substance abuse and bullying. She has many years of experience dealing with anxiety, and depression disorders. 

As a mother of four, Tamara is passionate about helping adolescents develop sound boundaries and a positive sense of self. In her spare time, Tamara enjoys hiking, traveling, playing the piano, painting, and spending time with her family.


Ingvild Mikkelborg, Individual therapist

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Alexis Jaquin, Horsemanship Director

Alexis Jaquin was born in Utah and raised in the Appalachian mountains of Pennsylvania.
Beginning at 8 years old, horse care and management became an integral and formative part of her life.


Alexis has had the opportunity to train with, work for, and study under some truly incredible horse folk and manage her own small farm and ranch in the NW Oregon coast range prior to coming to Sedona Sky Academy in August of 2021.


Having experienced many of the hardships of navigating adolescence in less-than-ideal
conditions, Alexis has always been drawn to creating stimulating programs for young people. She has graduate-level counseling and crisis intervention training, EAGALA and  PATH equine therapy experience, and experience with a range of community engagement and leadership modalities. She is honored to bring the invaluable life lessons inherent in quality horsemanship to the Sedona Sky students and their families respectively.


Alexis currently lives on-site with her two beautiful daughters, ages 6 and 3. She’s most happy being outside- whether that be caring for and riding horses, growing food and flowers, exploring in the wilderness, or of course, playing with her kiddos as much as possible.


Shari Steiner, Therapist

Shari has been in the behavioral health field for almost 13 years and her specialty is Marriage and Family Therapy. Shari has worked with many different types of populations but loves working with kids and families and watching healing happen in family dynamics. She loves watching the growth in the students as they learn who they are as they move through their programs at SSA.

Outside of work, Shari has two kids (a daughter and a son), and 4 grandchildren (two granddaughters and two grandsons), who she loves to spend time with when she can. Shari also likes to run or walk when she has the chance or to work out at the gym, and likes to go shopping or to cook and try new recipes at home.

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