Who we are

Helping Associates, Inc. (HAI) was co-founded in 1982 by Dr. Antonio Estrada and Dr. Joan McGillicuddy, who serve as Co-Directors of this organization. Their commitment is to improving the quality of life in Arizona, and HAI has been serving Central Arizona ever since the founding date.

Dr. Joan McGillicuddy, Ph.D., L.P.C. is a Co-Director of HAI, a Licensed Professional Counselor who holds a Doctoral Degree in Human Services with a specialization in Counseling Psychology. She is a dynamic, energetic and humorous therapist and teacher. All Associate Counselors are well trained and skilled in understanding the needs of individuals and offering viable solutions to life's challenges. Nearly all Associate Counselors are licensed by the State of Arizona. Dr. McGillicuddy and Dr. Estrada have built their practice to the current level of employing 17 clinicians and 10 support staff to serve over 750 individuals weekly.

Dr. Antonio Estrada, Ph.D., holds a Doctoral Degree in Human Services with a specialization in Counseling Psychology. He is a Co-Director of Helping Associates, Inc. (HAI), an award-winning lecturer, and a renowned therapist. Antonio is a warm, compassionate, and intuitive therapist, and teacher. Returning from combat service in Vietnam as a young man, he was inspired to pursue a career in human services, psychotherapy, management and human potential. In addition to training extensively with Dr. Jose Silva, founder of Silva Mind Development, he has trained with the Harvard Medical School, The Menninger Foundation, and The Institute for Rational Living. . He deeply impacts participants with his enthusiasm, expertise and experience. Antonio specializes in relaxation training, professional self-empowerment coaching and helping people realize their full potential.

Contact Us

Customer Service:

It is the mission of Helping Associates, Inc. to provide quality behavioral Health Sevices, please contact our Customer Service at 520-836-1029 or
Toll Free 800-683-6733

TDD: Dial 711 then provide one of the numbers above for assistance.


If this is a life threatening emergency please dial 911.

If you are calling after hours and are a current Helping Associates, Inc. member and you’re having a non-life threatening emergency and need to speak to the Therapist on call please call 520-560-9307. This number is for current Helping Associates, Inc. members only.

To contact Nursewise the 24 hour crisis line dial 1-866-495-6735.

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1901 N. Trekell Rd
Casa Grande, AZ 85122.
Phone: 520-836-1029
Dr, Joan McGillicuddy at