Sara Brungardt, LPC, is a graduate of Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, where she received her Masters of Science degree in Community Counseling. In 2013, Sara started her doctorate in General Psychology through Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Arizona, and anticipates her completion next year. Sara brings 5 years of experience treating mental health disorders in a university setting, private practice, and in-home services to children, teens, and families.
Sara has received education and specialized training in treating anxiety, OCD, depression, eating disorders, trauma, self-harming behaviors, sexual assault, LGBTIQ struggles, and more. Sara has also provided training to educators, health centers, and community organizations and is passionate about spreading awareness and education on mental health.
Sara has focused on anxiety work, as she believes anxiety is often the root of many mental health struggles. Joining the Gateway team has been a blessing, as Gateway acknowledges the importance of helping individuals through their anxiety. Sara places value on establishing a strong therapeutic relationship and believes that every person has the right to receive mental health services in a non-judgmental and compassionate setting. Sara brings a relational approach that offers warmth, passion, and positivity.
Sara was born and raised in Kansas and has recently moved to Arizona. She is looking forward to starting a life here in Arizona. Sara enjoys staying active, the outdoors, thrift store shopping, and staying connected to all of the things this community has to offer.
Rachel Tombaugh LPC, NCC
For nearly 10 years, Rachel has thoroughly enjoyed working as a psychotherapist and has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona since 2011. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with emphases in Women’s and Family Studies from Arizona State University, Tempe, graduating Summa Cum Laude. As a top graduate, she thereafter earned her Master’s of Professional Counseling from Ottawa University in Phoenix. Rachel has extensive experience working in renowned treatment facilities in both the public and private sectors of healthcare, holding esteemed positions as Primary Therapist at an inpatient treatment facility for women suffering from eating and anxiety disorders, Program Director, and Clinical Director of Specialty Therapeutic Programs at other reputable healthcare establishments. Furthermore, her experience includes utilizing CBT and ERP for the treatment of OCD and anxiety. Rachel brings great compassion, energy, enthusiasm, innovation and dedicated attention to quality services for all clientele. Rachel is passionate about working with adults and adolescents, helping them reclaim joy and confidence in their lives and guiding them to reach their true potential.