Finding a therapist with whom you can both connect and be understood can be a difficult undertaking. Dr. Andrea Waddell-Pratt has masterfully joined professionalism with a comfortable air to create Life Choices.
Dr. Waddell-Pratt has been a licensed Clinical Psychologist for 22 years. She holds licenses in the states of Arizona and Georgia with certification through the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards which allows her to conduct telehealth therapy in 30+ participating States. She earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Howard University. From Purdue University, she was awarded both her Masters (M.S.) and Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Clinical Psychology, with pre-doctoral graduate training at the Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR) - University of Illinois at Chicago. Post-doctoral training was concentrated in community mental health.
Dr. Waddell-Pratt believes that gaining an accurate and accepting understanding of self is imperative. It becomes the starting place for intentional choosing and lasting change. She incorporates an eclectic mix of treatment modalities that encourage self-agency, self-understanding, and a different view of the role of emotions. Emotions are often feared, particularly anxiety. However, at their core, emotions are intended to inform about unrecognized areas of need. As such, they are protective in nature. Among her primary treatment areas are anxiety conditions and helping couples in distress. Witnessing the shift toward actualization in self allows for a better understanding of others and ultimately enhances relationship.
Dr. Waddell-Pratt is passionate about offering exceptional care to clients as the Owner and Executive Clinical Director of her expanding practice. In addition to her clinical practice, she holds an Associate Professorship position as a psychologist in the Marriage and Family Therapy Department at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Dr. Fedotova-Klinger is an Associate provider at Life Choices. She joined the practice as a Post-Doctoral Resident and is now fully licensed as a Psychologist by the AZ Board of Psychologist Examiners. She also still holds licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and as a substance-abuse counselor (LISAC), both for over 18 years. She earned her Master of Counseling degree from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Arts degree from Argosy University (now the Professional School of Psychology) prior to earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. Her areas of focus include anxiety, depression, substance use/addiction issues and trauma. Dr. Fedotova-Klinger specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Brief Solution-Focused Therapy; she additionally incorporates mindfulness practices into treatment and is trained in EMDR.
Dr. Fedotova-Klinger believes that each individual deserves to be happy and whole. She fully recognizes that healing is not an overnight process. It is a daily cleansing of pain, a daily healing from difficult life circumstances. Dr. Fedotova-Klinger believes that healing comes when we choose to walk away from darkness and move toward the light. She looks forward to helping individuals enhance their internal light.
Prather Harrell joins the team at Life Choices as an Associate Provider. She obtained her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and completed the Life Coaching program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, AZ. As a former student of
Dr. Andrea Waddell-Pratt, she is a recent graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, and was awarded her Master’s Degree (M.S.) in Marriage and Family Therapy in June 2022. Prather is in process of obtaining temporary licensure with the AZ Board of Behavioral Health and is currently completing requirements to become a Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (LAMFT). Her pre-masters graduate training was completed in an outpatient clinical setting in Phoenix, AZ, where she primarily worked with individuals, couples and families struggling with marital distress, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, Autism, ADHD, OCD, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder.
Although she is a recent graduate of Fuller, Prather is not new to working with individuals and families who struggle. She has worked personally and professionally with, and as an advocate for special needs families and individuals with behavioral health challenges for over 19 years. She has supported families to gain access to resources, therapies and services in the home, educational and community environments, as well as and healthcare systems. She was honored to serve these families as a provider trainer, community coordinator and parent partner/social worker. Prather has a particular passion for helping caregivers and parents of individuals with special needs, behavioral health challenges, and chronic illness and/or families that received a new, life-altering medical or behavioral health diagnosis navigate their “new normal.” Having personal experiences with each of these, Prather desires to bring her experience, training and heart to support caregivers/families to achieve health and wellness while maintaining a connection with themselves and each other.
Prather believes that insight + understanding + action = healing. It is her hope to support her clients in identifying what’s missing from that formula and work together to remove the barriers that prevent them from being able to heal and move forward in a healthy way.
Alan Boss, a recognized Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) with the Board of Behavioral Health joins Life Choices as an Associate-level provider.
Alan received his B.A. in Business Management and his M.S. in Professional Counseling. He has many years of experience working as a behavioral health professional. His specialty includes the treatment of trauma and PTSD. In this vein, he has worked with people who are overwhelmed by life, those who experience stress from job loss, those with prior involvement with the legal system, individuals struggling with substance abuse as well as individuals dealing with emotional issues. To inform his work, Alan received certifications in MRT (Morale Reconation Therapy), Thinking for a Change, and Decision Points, all premiere cognitive behavioral intervention programs aimed at enhancing moral reasoning, decision-making and problem-solving skills to maximize thinking and behaviors for successful choices. Alan’s goal is to assist and support individuals in living a life with awareness and intention; a life that is goal-oriented and that allows for the processing of past experiences. He also endeavors to aid clients in wise decision-making that fosters successful relationships, work/life balance and personal peace.
Alan applies an eclectic approach to treatment, incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, mindfulness, interpersonal therapy, motivational interviewing and Rational Emotive approaches. He believes that effective therapy requires an authentic human connection. It requires that all involved are physically and emotionally present and have the courage to be vulnerable. Healing can happen within that type of relationship. Such a relationship can only be cultivated when a person feels safe, fully accepted, unconditionally supported, and believes that the other person truly has his/her best interest at heart.