Patrick Varney,MA, MS, LISAC, LAC

Patrick Varney,MA, MS, LISAC, LAC

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Psychotherapist, Drug and Alcohol Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor - 155282
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: *Private Pay Only with credit card or debit* Individual Sessions-$125.00 per hour, Group Sessions per person $60.00 for 2 hours, Couples and Family Sessions $175.00 per hour
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


4539 N. 22nd St
Suite 204
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

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My Approach to Helping

My therapeutic style is easy going but direct, taking an empathetic client-centered approach in an understanding way that fosters a genuine partnership, to promote personal growth in healing & the building of a fulfilling new lifestyle. I customize treatment individually to meet your specific needs along with the technique that works best for you. Having a safe and non-judgmental place to process past or present pain is essential in healing. I believe you are a resilient human being and have a personal strength determined to find change or you wouldn’t be reading this!
My philosophy is that people can change, adjust, learn and adapt to new ways of coping with life stressors that can restore purpose and meaning in their lives. Sometimes making slight adjustments to our belief systems, thought processes, emotions and behaviors can produce a positive life change. I also believe that past traumatic experiences can surface and take over our lives in the here and now, if not treated.

More Info About My Practice

My career in the behavioral healthsubstance use disorder industry began in 1997 at Foundations Sober Living Homes in San Diego, California which I owned for 10 years. Since that time, I realized I had to return to school in 2009 in order to fulfill my purpose in working with others. I earned my Associates Degree in Applied Sciences – Chemical Dependency at Rio Salado College, then I completed my Bachelor of Psychology at Grand Canyon University, and then a Master of Science in Addiction Counseling, also from Grand Canyon University. I’m happy to announce that I graduated with a second Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Ottawa University on 12312021. I currently hold a license as an Arizona LISAC-Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor and I am licensed as a LAC-Licensed Associate Counselor. I began my clinical career in 2008, when I moved to Arizona from San Diego and started working on the clinical side of addiction and behavioral health treatment. I’ve worked in several residential and outpatient treatment facilities across Arizona both in the public and private sector.
I would like to say welcome to Phoenix Foundations Recovery and your new way of life. Please remember you’re not alone!

This is a supervised private practice. It is owned andor managed by a master’s level, non-independent licensee under Board-approved clinical supervision pursuant to A.A.C. R4-6-211. The Board-approved clinical supervisor of this practice is:
Name: Jerome Ehmann
Phone Number: 602-321-0105

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I'm an eclectic therapist using a mix of utilizing the best therapeutic techniques for the client, couples or families. Some of the main therapeutic approaches I use are family systems, communication, (SFFT) Solution Focused Family Therapy and Gottman for couples and families. Other useful techniques are (CBT) cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (REBT) Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, (DBT) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and integrating therapy with the persons choice of faith, 12 step affiliation, medication assisted treatments, rational recovery, culture and personal identification.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Often, working with people who are experiencing some form or severity of addiction have an underlining psychological issue they are self-medicating such as stress, anxiety, social anxiety, anger, trauma, abandonment, situational depression or a life adjustment. When this underlined issue is treated, the severity and distress of the addiction is reduced. I have 27 years' experience working in addictions and mental health, both public and private. Although I've been involved in 12 step programs for 39 years but understand that (one size does not fit all) and using many alternative strategies is good practice.

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Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Are you feeling distressed and frustrated over having lost some or all control over gambling, shopping, obsessive & compulsive behaviors, sex, alcohol, cannabis, or other substances in your life or the lives of loved ones? Are you feeling despair, isolation, anxiety, loneliness or depression? Are you re-living past hurt & loss repeatedly? Have the continuing stressors of the pandemic driven a wedge between you and your spouse or significant other? Has the pandemic caused you social anxiety? “Stop waiting for tomorrow, let’s start the Healing Process Today”.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Professional Sports
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Internet Addiction
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Confidence
  • Sex Addiction
  • Shame
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

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