About Us

How Favor & Grace Under Fire Started:

An Arizona native, Ashlea (Taylor) Barber received her bachelor’s in psychology and her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling from Arizona State University. Barber knew at a young age that she had a gift of helping others. She was always the listening ear that others could lean on. So, when she embarked on her college journey, going into psychology and then counseling, it was no surprise to those who know her.

She has been featured many times on AZ Family 3TV, as well as KTAR News 92.3 PM and PBS, providing her expertise on coping skills with the pandemic, anxiety, divorce and the family dynamic, and many other topics.

“I became a Marriage and Family therapist because the foundation of Marriage and Family Therapy is rooted in finding the root cause of the problem,” Barber said. “This includes looking at the dysfunctional generational patterns within the family unit and then asking the client in front of me, “Do you want to change these problems/patterns in order to create an indefinite result? When the client says, YES! It’s go time,” Barber explained.

Barber’s passion for helping her community stems far beyond personal gain or recognition in the field. “My goal was always to help my people while utilizing the gifts God had given me. My mission became to educate and eradicate the dysfunctional patterns, schemas, thoughts, actions and behaviors that have plagued African American Family as a result of the dismantling of the physical and emotional power of the African American family which started 401 years ago during slavery,” said Barber

“My practice Favor and Grace Under Fire PLLC was manifested for a time as this to do exactly that. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Director, Speaker and Clinical Consultant. I Intentionally and fervently help people emotionally move through life transitions with Favor and Grace when their lives are Under Fire,” Barber said. Barber explained, “I ask them, ‘Are you ready to walk into your next season? Because promise, purpose and provision are waiting for you.’ And then we go to work”.

Ashlea opened FGUF in 2019 and other like minded authentic therapists had the desire to eradicate dysfunctional patterns and one by one joined the practice. “Everyone on the team is original, real & therapeutically skilled. We are not your typical cookie cutter cardigan wearing therapists as often portrayed on television. We bring our authentic personalities in the room which allows the opportunity for truth and change, says Barber. We bring “The Real” to therapy  and ask the clients to do the same. Therapy is work just like anything else in life that is worth having. We present the issues, explain the choices for change and ask the client if they can do the work. Therapy is not magic. The problem does not disappear without effort from all parties involved therefore authenticity, truth and grace has to be present in the therapy room which enables  the FGUF team to facilitate change and healing !”

FAQ's

During your initial session your therapist will begin working with you to understand your initial concerns and set personal goals. This session allows time for the therapist to begin developing a therapeutic relationship in order to make you feel comfortable, learn how to best help you, and answer any questions you may have about the process. Additionally this session will consist of reviewing any questions you may have about new client documents such as, rights as a client, confidentiality and privacy policies, as well as, service fees and scheduling.

No, even though we are a faith based (Christian-lead) practice, our training allows us to utilize therapetic techniques with or without Christian based faith integration at the therapist’s discretion and client’s comfort. Spirituality and Christian counseling, or a faith-based approach can be integrated upon request.

Our therapists are held to a high ethical standard in order to provide best practices to our clients. In most cases, this means it is not appropriate for your therapist to take on the dual role of individual and couple/family therapist. For example, if your therapist were to change roles from the couple/family therapist to the individual therapist; it would prevent the possibility to resume couple/family sessions in the future and would leave room for subconscious biases due to past therapeutic work. If you are feeling the need to add or change the type of therapeutic sessions you are currently receiving; talk to your therapist about creating a plan that will work best for you. We have other therapists at the practice who can facilitate your additional therapeutic needs if appropriate and scheduling allows. 

Yes, our therapists take Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna (subject to certain therapists). Self-pay rates are available and vary based on the therapist. Credit Cards, Debit Cards, FSAs and HSAs are an acceptable form of payment. We do not accept cash. 

 A License Marriage & Family Therapy (LMFT) is a therapist who has completed a Master’s degree, extensive supervised clinical training and is licensed by the state of Arizona to provide psychotherapy with an emphasis on the family system, couples and marriage. A Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT) is a therapist who has completed a Master’s degree, has some experience and is actively gaining their required extensive supervised clinical training under the supervision of a Licensed therapist, counselor or social worker to become fully licensed.  A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) has also completed a Master’s degree, extensive clinical training and is licensed by the state to provide psychotherapy. A Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) is a therapist who has completed a Master’s degree, has some experience and is actively gaining their required extensive supervised clinical training under the supervision of a Licensed therapist, counselor or social worker to become fully licensed. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker has completed a Master’s degree, extensive clinical training, and is licensed by the state of Arizona to provide psychotherapy. A Licensed Associate Social Worker (LMSW) is a Social Worker who is trained in counseling technique and is actively gaining their required extensive supervised clinical training under the supervision Licensed therapist, counselor or social worker to become fully licensed.

Therapy services are by appointment only. Appointments are available during the day and evenings Monday-Friday, as well as, limited hours on Saturdays and Sundays depending on the therapists’ schedules.

Appointments are scheduled as soon as possible. If an appointment is not immediately available, you can choose to be placed on the waiting list.

In Person and Teletherapy sessions are available per the therapist’s discretion. In person sessions are located at 7301 N 16th Street #102, Phoenix, AZ 85021. Teletherapy sessions are facilitated through the video platform SimplePractice. 

Everyone needs therapy at one point in their life because life transitions happen. The question is are you ready to do the work? Whether you need an unbiased opinion to help you move through your thoughts or to become unstuck, OR you would like to work on trauma, your identity, grief, anger management, relationship stress, work stress, family stress, racial injustice stress, Any kind of stress! This is what we specialize in! At Favor & Grace Under Fire we are here to help you move through the Fires in life with Favor & Grace!

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your therapy care will cost Under the law, health care providers need to give clients/patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for services. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of services prior to the start of treatment. Therapy is individualized so this will be discussed with you and your assigned therapist to determine the estimated length of treatment. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises

Couples Counseling/Therapy consists of the couple and a trained therapist who create a set a treatment goals to resolve and get to the root of specific problems that the couples comes to therapy to resolve. Disclaimer: Resolution does not always equal staying together.

Whereas Premarital therapy is a psychoeducational skill building curriculum created to help prepare couples (engaged couples, married couples, partners) for a healthy relationships facilitated and guided by a therapist. Skill building includes subject area’s such as Communication, Conflict Resolution, Stress Reduction, Sex and Affection, Children and Parenting, Leisure Activities, Spiritual Beliefs, Marriage Expectations, Relationship Roles and more.Learn More Here

“All providers listed, except for Ashlea Taylor, are independent contractors for all intents  and purposes. FGUF may make referrals to the providers for the services listed. FGUF provides information about the providers for the purposes of facilitating referrals and to  allow potential clients to inform themselves about the provider. Each provider may also work for other agencies or have clients separate from those referred by FGUF. Please consider this before contacting FGUF.” 

Yes and Yes! You and anyone else attending the therapy session must be physically located in Arizona due to where your therapist is licensed. At the moment the laws for licensure are only applicable to the state that the therapist is licensed in. Lobbyists are currently working to change this but for now if you are out of state for vacation or for the summer; you will have to schedule your sessions when you return to Arizona. It is very important that if you are doing your session virtually, you are in a safe place alone in order to be in compliance with confidentially laws. 

Estimated Investment

Rates

Insurance

Payment

Each therapist has their own rates. However, below is an estimated investment.

  • Initial assessment with diagnosis: $175 (50-60 minutes) 
  • Individual therapy: $150 (50-60-minutes) 
  • Family therapy: $165 (50-60-minutes) 
  • Couples therapy: $175 (50-60 minutes) 
  • Sliding scale available if need is found.
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • All benefits are checked, however the client is still responsible for knowing and understanding their benefits. The client is responsible for the copay, coinsurance or deductible due at the time of service.
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Health Savings Account 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Cash is not accepted.