About Us


Our Philosophy and Treatment Approach

At Enlighten! Counseling, the goal is to inspire & promote lasting change and an overall sense of personal well being.  We have a holistic approach in working with all clients which includes treatment modalities such as Mindfulness Training, Brief-solutions Therapy, Client-centered/Client-led Techniques, Stress Management, Empowerment Coaching, Goal Setting and Positive Psychology Strategies. Our intention is to help you feel emotionally stronger & able to return to healthy activities as quickly as possible.


Experience and Professionalism

With many years of experience in the behavioral health and wellness fields, our professional therapy team will work with you hand-in-hand to create a individualized treatment & recovery plan that's right for you. We strive to assist every client in making positive and long-term changes that will improve their daily life experience. Our therapists do this through using consistent, outward-focused and evidence-based techniques and by providing an empowering client experience every session. We are here to support you in your journey.


Insightful Therapists Who Care

Our therapists truly care about each client. We will assist you in learning and utilizing positive coping skills and mindfulness strategies that can break through limiting beliefs, negative self-talk, difficult feelings and past traumas in order to start incorporating empowering beliefs, positive self-statements and healthy growth activities into your life. We are here to help you achieve emotional healing and a sense of balance in all areas of life. We are committed to your recovery, your personal growth and your total well being!


Our Counselors


Kara Van Buskirk, MC, LPC

Kara Van Buskirk, MC, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Life Coach specializing in alternative approaches to wellness & healing.  Her practice is centered on the premise that we all have an amazing capacity for self-healing within us and she believes in the innate ability of each client to find their own answers in order to fully heal and thrive within their lives.  Kara has specialized training in Brief Solutions/Client-focused Therapy as well as in Transformational Life Coaching.  She brings over 15 years of experience in working with individuals, families, adolescents and couples in both behavioral health and wellness settings.  Kara has also been recognized for her individualized approach in working with clients and her ability to motivate change in leadership, personal growth and counseling and coaching arenas.

Education and Professional Licensure

Master in Counseling Psychology, Summa Cum Laude Graduate- Arizona State University 2002

Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Magna Cum Laude Graduate- Arizona State University 1998

Licensed Professional Counselor- July 2004  Certified Professional Counselor- March 2004

Transformational Life Coaching Certification, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts- Feb 2007

Accepted Insurance Plans

Health Insurance Plans

Aetna Behavioral Health

Anthem Blue Cross

Beacon Health Options

Blue Cross/Blue Shield (all states)

Cigna Behavioral Health


Health Alliance Medical Plan

Humana Behavioral Health

Magellan Commercial Plans

Magellan Complete Care

Meritain Health


Optum Health Behavioral Solutions

Starmark Health Plan

Tricare West Region

United Behavioral Health/UMR

*We are not able to accept Medicare plans*

Contact Us

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Please contact us directly with any questions, comments 

or scheduling inquiries you may have.

Enlighten! Counseling, LLC

2155 W Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite 201 Phoenix, Arizona 85027

Office: (602) 429-9972 ~ Fax: (602) 429-9974


Monday: 9 AM - 3 PM

Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM

Friday: 9 AM – 6 PM

Saturday: 12 PM - 5 PM

Sunday: Closed

If you need immediate assistance or are in crisis, please call the 

Maricopa County 24-hour crisis line at (602) 222-9444

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