Sharon Carl

Sharon Carl, MA, M.Ed, LPC

President/CEO of Mending Hearts
Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor

Sharon specializes in play therapy, early childhood trauma, trauma recovery, grief/loss, attachment, adoption issues, children's therapy, women's and family issues. She offers clinical supervision groups for play therapists and associate level counselors. Sharon also periodically offers parenting classes. She is a trainer for the "Taming the Trauma Tremors" training for foster/adoptive parents.

Sharon holds a M.A. degree in Counseling from Ottawa University and an Advanced Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She additionally holds a M.A. in Education from Arizona State University. She has advanced training in play therapy, trauma focused therapy, and attachment therapy. Sharon's scriptural foundation for ministry is Isaiah 61:1-3 and James 1:27.

Crystal McCabe, Ph.D., LAC

Crystal McCabe holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology, a Masters of Science in Education/Special Education, a Masters of Science in Professional Counseling, and a Ph.D. in General Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Crystal has been working as a professor in higher education since 2013.

Crystal has been working at MHFS since 2011. Prior to joining the MHFS family, she has experience in working both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric. She also worked in public education as a Special Education teacher. Her experiences and passion for helping others has helped her discover a special interest in working with children, adolescents, and individuals and families with disabilities. Other areas of special interest include grief/loss counseling, trauma, marital counseling and behavior management.

Crystal is married to Mike and has two sons.

Jennifer Hoffman, BM, MS, LAC

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She is an Arizona Licensed Associate Counselor.

Jennifer has experience in serving a vast array of populations in a variety of treatment settings. She provides individual, couple, family and group counseling. Jennifer is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and trained in EMDR.

Her specialties are: Treatment of trauma, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and co-occurring / dual diagnosis. Jennifer is committed to empowering those who may be suffering and/or may be vulnerable.

Russ Prause, MS, LAC, CCTP

Russ holds a BS in Psychology and a Masters in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. He is a Level 1 Trauma Specialist through the Arizona Trauma Institute. Russ is a certified anxiety treatment professional and a certified life coach specializing in personal and financial wellness.

Russ has worked with a wide variety of patients and clients from life crisis and loss, eating disorders to acute personality disorders. He has worked with couples and families as well. Russ understands the dynamics of raising children with special needs and the stress this puts upon parents and their relationships. He has a passion for mental health and is ready to help.


Sharon Carl

Sharon Carl - Founder, President/CEO

Sharon is the Founder and current President/CEO for Mending Hearts. She serves as the Board President and oversees the clinical and administration of Mending Hearts. She is an Adjumct Professor for Fuller Theological Seminary and has served as a Board member for the Arizona Association for Play Therapy and Hannah's Home.

Sharon holds a M.A. degree in Counseling from Ottawa University and an Advanced Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She additionally holds a M.A. in Education from Arizona State University and advanced training in non-profit leadership.

Joni Pourchot

Joni Pourchot - Vice President

Joni Pourchot is a Phoenix native with over 20 years of experience in the accounting field, working in Phoenix and overseas. Her expertise is in the non-profit sector, working in the behavioral health, social service, and medical fields.

In June 2008, Ms Pourchot graduated with honors from the Masters in Business Administration program at Keller Graduate School of Management. Her business is Pourchot Accounting, LLC.

Mike Marks

Mike Marks - Treasurer

Mike Marks is a pastor at Echo Mountain Church. Mr. Marks has also been very involved in non-profit business and technology for the past fifteen years and has served the behavioral health and social service groups quite closely.

Mr. Marks and his wife of forty-four years have a married daughter.



Counselors working directly with consumers in individual, family, marital, or group therapy, shall have at least a master's degree or be an intern in an accredited university counseling program or social work program. Master's level therapists with related social work/mental health degrees are most often used and are preferred. All therapists shall be licensed through the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Failure or inability to qualify, or to come into compliance with these requirements, shall be reason enough for dismissal. Those counselors who are not yet licensed receive direct supervision.

Pastoral Counseling

The primary objective of pastoral counseling is to offer spiritual and emotional care through Theocentric therapy. Pastoral counseling is a dynamic and rich approach to life's issues from a Christian world view. Pastoral counseling draws on the wisdom of research from the best theoretical perspectives that are consistent with Biblical principles, providing insight into the human condition.


Mending Hearts Family Services uses consultants in various professional disciplines on an as needed basis. These include, but are not limited to, the following: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Neurologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Medical Doctors, Speech Therapists, Teachers and Clergy.