About Inner Work Counseling and Bryon Sabatino, MC, LPC, LISAC Counselor

About Bryon Sabatino, MC, LPC, LISAC   – Phoenix Arizona area Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselor


After years of outreach, residential, hospital, agency and corporate based settings, I decided to create my own facility which better suited the way I wanted to provide counseling services for mental health issues, substance use disorders, and addictions, including drug addiction and alcohol abuse and substance abuse.

So in the spring of 2002 I put my intentions in motion. My goal was to inspire people in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler and Mesa Arizona areas with excellent professional treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues in a non-institutional setting. I brainstormed and planned for a small, warm, atmosphere in which to provide counseling services in a safe and professionally intimate setting.

With seemingly insurmountable challenges, I simply committed to the process and kept my eyes on the prize. It required many challenging choices and overwhelming risks along the way, but on March 3rd 2003 I opened my door for the first time. The challenges continued, and still do (i.e Covid,) but the rewards are indisputable.

photoThe name, Inner-Work Counseling, was inspired by Robert Johnson, a Jungian psychoanalyst, who in a conversation with the famous psychiatrist, Carl Jung, once asked him if he thought we are going to make it as a human race. Dr. Jung replied, “If enough people do their inner work.” Our challenges aren’t so different – everyday requires choices, healthy risks and support, regardless of our individual stories.

I earned my Bachelors degree in Social Work at Southern Illinois University in 1983 and my Masters degree in counseling at Arizona State University in 1987. I hold two professional licenses. I am licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC) of mental health issues, i.e. depression, anxiety etc. I am also licensed as an Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC). I have specialized in the treatment of co-occurring disorders since 1984. A co-occurring disorder is when someone suffers from a mental health issue, like anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, anger management issues, etc. at the same time as a substance abuse issue, like a substance use disorder, alcoholism or drug abuse or addiction.

I have been practicing and teaching mindfulness-based meditation since 1990.

Among other attributes, I like to use humor as an integral part of the seriousness of Counseling. Through my casual professionalism, I bring an ease of rapport to my therapeutic relationships with people.

Since 2003 Inner-Work Counseling has enjoyed the confidence of referrals from many Substance Abuse Treatment Centers including Sierra Tucson, Calvary, Cottonwood, Banner Health, Aurora Behavioral and many others.

Collaborative Services

Your maladaptive behaviors may have been a way to help you deal with past painful experiences.You may have learned to use them to deal with traumatic events in your life, such as developmental trauma, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, just to name precious few. I know how confusing and overwhelming those experiences can be.


Sarah Jenkins, MC, LPC, CPsychol is an EMDRIA approved EMDR Training Provider, EMDR Consultant and EMDR Therapist with 20+ experience in healing trauma through EMDR. An international speaker, author and trainer, on trauma recovery, Sarah also specializes in providing Equine Assisted EMDR services. To learn more about what EMDR therapy is and how it can help, visit her website or call her directly at (480) 370-7630.

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