Diane Genco MA, LPC,
Executive Director/Owner

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 30 years of experience in the counseling field.  I am the founder of AZ Center for Change. I oversee all clinical and operational aspects of the agency. My specialties include in treating sexual abuse and trauma, problem sexual behavior and mood related problems. I am trained in EMDR, a trauma reduction model, Cognitive Processing Therapy and several other evidenced based treatment modalities. 

I have been on faculty at Arizona State University, and the University of Phoenix teaching counseling and social work students.  I have held several Clinical Supervisor and Administrative positions in several behavioral health agencies in the Phoenix area.

I am a Clinical Member of ATSA, the association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and I have extensive training in treating problem sexual behavior including compulsive sexual problems and sexual offending for adults and adolescents.  I conduct psychosexual risk assessments as well as providing treatment for these problems.

I provide Dialectical Behavior Therapy at the agency and I have found this to be highly effective for other kinds of mood regulation problems as well.

I have a deep passion for the work we do at AZCFC and I look forward to helping you on your journey as well.

Although my schedule limits me in seeing clients these days, you can contact me at: dgenco@azcfc.com  or  602-672-3524​

I recognize that the decision to start therapy takes a lot of courage. I strive to create a safe space for clients to share their vulnerabilities and work toward change. I have a passion for working with couples and families because I believe that having fulfilling relationships is part of what makes life meaningful. I have a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University in Orange, California. I completed a 1 year post-masters residency program which included extensive training in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I have experience providing DBT for adults and adolescents. I also have training in the Gottman Method for couple's therapy which I find is highly effective. When I'm not at work, I enjoy binge watching home improvement shows, practicing yoga and spending time with my significant other. I look forward to working with you. My contact information is: jjesalva@azcfc.com.

Jillian Jesalva, LAMFT

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One of the most beneficial relationships is between you and your mental health therapist. As your therapist, I work in tandem with you, meet you where you are at and assist in finding what you need to heal. My approach is intuitive in nature and relaxed in demeanor. I work with you and hold space for your trauma so that you can be in the drivers seat of your healing.

I am a licensed master of social work with a wide range of experience. I am trained in multiple, evidence-based therapeutic techniques; EMDR (for traumatic events), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for complex trauma among veterans and first responders and Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)

I specialize in Trauma, mindfulness, LGBT, Transgender, HIV, mood disorders, relationships, sexual health/kink, veterans/active duty/first responders. I serve as a conduit to you and your healing. I use empathy and a judgement free zone when it comes to healing. My contact information is: epalles@azcfc.com

Elijah Palles, LMSW

Hello and welcome. I have a Masters in Education and Counseling and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona. I specialize in treating adults and adolescents who struggle with maladaptive sexual behavior. Some of my clients have been in trouble with the law related to their behaviors and some have not. I also work with clients who are re-entering society after incarceration. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral, the Good Lives Model, Trauma Informed, EMDR and a variety of others. I will work with you to create a healthy lifestyle and build healthy relationships. My contact information is ljankura@azcfc.com.

Lauren Jankura, LPC

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