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A little about Iliana...

Iliana Tintos, LPC

Welcome, I am Iliana, the founder of STT. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona and have been licensed and actively practicing since 2008.

As an Arizona native, born and raised in Southern Arizona, I have found the Phoenix area as a great balance for my love of big cities, hot weather, and small town feels. I have had the pleasure of calling Scottsdale home for almost 15 years, and remained in the Phoenix area since 2001 when I started my undergraduate work at Arizona State University. Though I had set out to get a law degree, I decided to switch gears and pursue my dream of helping others before commencing my undergraduate degree and pursued my graduate work in Counseling from The University of Phoenix.

Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to practice as an individual, group, and family therapist for various inpatient and outpatient settings. Over the last decade and a half I have overseen therapeutic group homes and helped at-risk youth and their families; I also started and ran an outpatient therapy center, creating the therapeutic curriculum, worked with the Department of Child Services, Family Court, AZ Juvenile Probation and moved into the private practice realm in 2018.

I am a wife and mother to a beautiful and amazing little boy, a daughter, and a sister… I also am an aunt to about 25 wonderful little ones! I believe that my life experiences and personal relationships are an important component and inspiration to my daily work. I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. 


Arizona State University
Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies & Social Inquiry

University of Phoenix
Master of Science in Community Counseling

AZBBHE Licensure, No. LPC-17300


  • Trained in Cognitive Behavorial Therapy (CBT)

  • Certified in Trauma-Focused - Cognitively Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

  • Trained in Narrative Therapy Techniques

  • Trained in Grief & Loss Treatment Certification

  • Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), 

  • Trained in Mindfulness.

  • Trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy



American Counseling Association Member since 2008

Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling Member  

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It was my desire when I started this practice to create a beautiful, comfortable, and most importantly a safe space to help empower my clients to find and build on their strengths and collaboratively attain their desired goals. My hope is to work together to break through the obstacles that at times seem to pull us down.

I specialize in family therapy and couple conflict, as well as individual therapy for depression/anxiety, boundaries, life transitions, trauma and mood instability.

Some areas of focus are:

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o   LGBTQ+ Counseling

o   Racial Trauma

o   Healing/Grief

o   Couple's Counseling


o   Adolescent Adjustment


o   Boundaries & Healthy Relationships

o   ADHD

o   Premarital Counseling

o   Sexual Problematic Behaviors

o   Sexual Abuse

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My approach is aimed to be positive and strengths based. I pull from several modalities to find a custom approach to help clients, a combination of systemic approaches and a variety of therapeutic strategies, such as Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing.

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Meet Daniela...


Daniela Ruiz, LAC

I am a Licensed Associate Counselor in the state of Arizona, earning my Master of Counseling degree from the Arizona State University and have a variety of experience working with school, home and clinical settings with both individuals and families for over 20 years.

I was born and raised in Nogales, Arizona, a border culture community that is joined with its sister city, Nogales, Sonora, in Mexico. Growing up with my grandfather who warmly referred to me as Dr. Daniela… family is at the core of who I am. I am a wife and mother to two spirited daughters.

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is
attainable, and you are worth the effort.”
~Deborah Day

This quote I hold near and dear to my heart, as well as one I find myself living and standing by, both in and out of the therapy room.  My desire is to help others see their true worth, prioritizing their mental health to nourish their mind, body and soul needed to blossom.

I am a proud Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) and I believe it is reflected in the rapport I am able to build with my clients, providing them a safe and authentic environment. I would describe my approach to therapy as strength-based and collaborative, taking tools from several different models, in order to cater to the person in front of me and meet you where you are. Although I may be considered the expert in the room, you are the expert of your life. Therefore, I act as a guide to assist you in areas of your life where you’re struggling, shed light on your strengths and empower you to live life as your most authentic self.


I also am uniquely suited to bridge the communication gap and foster a positive home-school connection when working with children.  I understand that parents are the most influential person in a child’s life, I work collaboratively with parents that are grounded in Strength-Based philosophy.

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My specialities include:

      o   Adults with Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN)

      o   Child Therapy (ages 5 and up)

      o   Depression

      o   Grief 

              (including break-ups, bereavement and family grief)


      o   HSPs (Highly Sensitive People)

      o   Latinx communities (therapy in Spanish)

      o   Life transitions, including teen identity

      o   Low self-esteem, self identity issues

      o   Anxiety


University of Arizona 


Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences with a minor in Psychology

Arizona State University
Master's in Counseling


AZBBHE Licensure, No. LAC-21183


Youth Mental Health Specialist (CYMHS) Certification 2022


  • Youth Advocate 

  • Scholarship Assistance

  • Motivartional Interviewing 



The National Board for Certified Counselors

Member since 2008

Arizona School Counselor

Association Member 

I have an eclectic, person-centered therapy approach that include relational and humanistic therapies and ​Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). 


Have any thoughts or questions, want to find out if STT is a

good fit for you and your counseling needs?

Call us to schedule a free 15 minute consultation. 


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