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This is not the life you imagined. And that’s ok.

Raising and caring for a child with special needs can leave you and members of your family feeling stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed. There is hope!  You and your family can gain new insights, process difficult emotions and learn coping strategies that will help you to find joy in your journey, and live the life you deserve. Licensed counselor Denise Baker brings decades of professional experience and the kind of compassion that comes from parenting a child living with extraordinary challenges. 


If you’re caring for children with mental health issues, intellectual challenges,

chronic medical conditions or trauma, you deserve support.

The Phoenix Counselor Parents Trust

When you have a child with special needs, the emotional, financial and physical hardships can be overwhelming. The judgement from others, lack of community support

and fear for the future may add to your feelings of isolation.

"Sometimes I feel like I am responsible for my child’s challenging behavior."

"We feel like we’re neglecting our other children."

"My spouse and I never have time for each other."

"I don’t know where to turn for support."

"I feel guilty for what I am thinking and feeling."

It’s not your fault. Your situation is NOT a reflection of “bad parenting”.

Denise founded Life Quest Counseling and Consulting, LLC from a passion to help families of children with special needs. Families just like yours. We provide you with a safe and supportive space to share your concern, pain and fears.


“When I was a parent struggling to understand my daughter’s needs and to find my own support, Denise was a beacon of hope and connection. I highly recommend her as a knowledgeable, professional, compassionate resource for any family struggling to find their way.”  A.G., Flagstaff, AZ

You Can Learn to Find the Joy in your Journey.

Flight attendants instruct parents to secure their oxygen masks first before they help their children. We teach you how to take care of your mental and physical health

so you’re able to be there for your family. 

  • Improve sleep and overall self-care

  • Establish and strengthen personal boundaries

  • Enhance relationships with family members

  • Gain knowledge and skills to successfully navigate public systems

  • Learn techniques to “bounce back” from the toughest moments

Life Quest employs parent training, mindfulness techniques, CBT and other proven approaches to help you find relief, regain self-confidence and start living a life you love. We also host weekly support groups for parents and caregivers where you have the opportunity to speak with other parents who understand. 

Parenting children who live with exceptional circumstances can be difficult. With the right support and coping skills, you can increase your confidence and experience

more peace, joy and meaning in each day.


“Denise is very genuine and compassionate about what she does and to the needs of individuals and families. She is supportive and has so much personal experience that she is able to align to the needs of those she serves. Life Quest offers so many resources to take advantage of, especially for those that just need to feel heard!”

LZ, Prescott Valley, AZ

The Phoenix Counseling Service That's Focused on You

Life Quest Counseling & Coaching, LLC is committed to helping people navigate through difficult circumstances in a non-judgmental, compassionate atmosphere. Our Phoenix-based counseling service is focused on the following practice areas:

support for families who are raising children with special needs

and individuals experiencing trauma, grief and loss, depression and anxiety.

Denise Baker’s personal journey parenting a child with unique challenges inspired her to open the doors to Life Quest. A licensed counselor, she has over 20 years of professional experience supporting families in Arizona’s public behavioral health system.

Denise is trained to provide evidence-based clinical approaches including: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Solution-Focused and Gestalt Therapy. Denise has advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, a highly-effective and

widely-utilized form of trauma therapy.

Tired of feeling alone and helpless?

Turn to Life Quest for the professional support you need to begin living a joyful life. In-person and Telehealth (video and phone)

appointments available.

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