OUR AMAZING MBCA TEAM

Medication Management

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Denis Williams

MSN, APRN-CNP, PMHNP-BC, CCRN

The relation that exists between the mind and the body is very intimate. When one is affected, the other sympathizes. The condition of the mind affects the health of the physical system. If the mind is free and happy, it creates a cheerfulness that will react upon the whole system, causing a freer circulation of the blood and toning up of the entire body.

The influence of the mind on the body, and vice versa, should be emphasized. The electric power of the brain, promoted by mental activity, vitalizes the whole system, and is thus an invaluable aid in resisting disease. This should be made plain. The power of the will and the importance of self-control, both in the preservation and in the recovery of health, should also be known. It is the duty of everyone to cultivate cheerfulness instead of brooding over sorrow and troubles. While grief and anxiety cannot remedy a single evil, they can do great harm; but cheerfulness and hope brighten the pathway of others.

I am bringing over 15 years of experience in nursing dealing with treatment of acute physical and mental illness. My duty as a psychiatric nurse practitioner is to help you reconnect, restore wholeness, and to maintain equilibrium of all your faculties (physical, mental, social, and spiritual).

Licensed Certified Nurse Practitioner, NV# 840246

Therapeutic Team

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Cindy Engel

LCSW

Transforming your life requires courage, commitment, and effort. To get the really good things life has to offer you have to be willing to explore solutions and other ways of thinking. No matter where you are now, no matter what happened in your life, you can change your life. I would like the honor of traveling with you on this journey towards healing. I offer a nonjudgmental, caring, and direct approach to help you or your family implement solutions to life's problems. I have over 25 years experience working with adults, families, teens, and the elderly. I offer practical solutions by utilizing many modalities including dialectical behavior therapy, structural family therapy, addiction therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), CBT-I for insomnia and sleep disorders, EMDR trauma therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, and solution focused therapy. How will your life be different tomorrow, if today is the day you decide to make a change?

Licensed Therapist, NV# 7816-C & CA# LCSW24779

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Jim Freeland

LCSW

Why am I a therapist? There are many reasons I am in this field. The initial draw was curiosity about people. I find people fascinating, each person has their own story, their own journey, their own struggles, and their own triumphs. I find it to be a humbling experience that a person I am working with in therapy is willing to trust me with the intimate details of the things they are seeking help for. I remain cognizant of the courage it takes to seek therapy, to seek recovery, to work on making changes. The resiliency that people are capable of never ceases to amaze me.

I have been in the behavioral health field for 28 years and I'll do my best to utilize my training and experience to assist you in reaching your goals. Among the issues I have experience in addressing are depression, anxiety, recovery from trauma, marital and couples therapy, family therapy, coping skills, stress management, grief and loss, and behavior.

It is truly a moving experience to be a part of seeing the growth, the healing, the recovery, the discoveries, the insights, and the dreams that people bring to fruition in the journey we call therapy. I am a firm believer that therapy is something I do WITH a person not TO a person; it is very much a collaborative effort.

Licensed Therapist, NV# 6659-C & CA# LCSW20239

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James Hughes

LCSW

Sometimes, experiencing certain events can cause life to move in a direction that feels unbearable. Feeling stuck or overwhelmed with daily tasks can take its toll over time. When this happens, it may be time to make some positive changes in your life. Having someone to provide nonjudgmental support and guidance can make all the difference during these life transitions. I am here to help.

 

I have a passion for aiding others as they navigate through life’s difficult situations. I graduated with my Masters in Social Work in 2016 from the University of Southern California. I have experience working in hospital settings, residential substance abuse treatment, and within the criminal justice system. I am also a military veteran and have deployed overseas. I use a Client-centered approach to therapy, while utilizing evidence-based treatments such as CBT and DBT.

 

My goal is to create a safe and nonjudgmental space so that I can assist clients in working through their healing process. Please give yourself permission to take the time to heal and discover skills and solutions to get you back on track. Feel free to contact me today.​

Licensed Therapist, NV# 8428-C, CA# 96656, & OR# L8073

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Jennifer McCombs

LCSW

Living with a chronic illness or navigating the world while dealing with anxiety, depression or a mood disorder is an experience few understand unless they have experienced it themselves.  Maybe you're feeling sad, disconnected and misunderstood.  Maybe you're struggling to manage it all or come to terms with a new normal.  Whatever your unique story, you do not have to overcome the challenges alone. 

 

Research on illness (either physical or emotional) shows us that our emotional wounds, chronic stress and unresolved traumas impact our ability to heal. Counseling and psychotherapy can help to heal those wounds and clear out that emotional residue so you can free up energy for healing and positive growth.

 

Many clients recovering from a chronic mental or physical illness report feeling as if they have lost their "sense of self".  In our sessions, we work to find "you" again.  Much like after someone has experienced an intense trauma, sometimes we need to begin making sense of everything we've been through in order to heal.  

 

Together, we can create a collaborative plan to help you integrate your experience and create a more resilient future. Therefore, not only will we design a plan to help you relieve your distressing symptoms, but we will create a plan that increases your natural resilience and fosters long-term healing and growth.

Licensed Therapist, NV# 7030-C

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Jennifer Berg

Psy. D., LMFT

Jennifer Berg, PsyD, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist (California) and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Nevada).  She graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.  She then completed a Master's degree at Antioch University in Santa Barbara, CA and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California Southern University in Costa Mesa, CA.  Dr. Berg brings with her over 20 years of clinical experience.  She has worked in community mental health settings as well as for the State of California where, as Chief Psychologist, she was the highest ranking member of her department.  Her experience includes providing evidence-based interventions for individuals, couples, and families.  She also enjoys conducting psychological assessments to assist in diagnostic clarifications and treatment planning.  Dr. Berg takes delight in helping others achieve their goals.  She has assisted with supervision of pre-doctoral interns and has provided mental health training to medical and law enforcement staff in community and government settings. 

Dr. Berg utilizes a blend of psychotherapy, solution focused therapy, coaching, and assessment to help empower clients as they navigate through stressors.  She is trained in CBT, Family Systems Therapy, and Trauma Informed Care.  Dr. Berg assists clients in removing obstacles blocking their paths and helps them to find their true passion and purpose in life. If you're feeling anxious, depressed, dealing with past traumas or just feeling stuck, then call our office and let's get started. 

Licensed Therapist, NV# 2900-R & CA# PSY25740

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Georgina Fontein

LMFT

Finding a therapist that is a good match for you is important. Georgina’s goal is to help each individual obtain tangible therapeutic results in as little time as possible. 

 

Georgina is a bilingual licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and Nevada. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of Nevada, Reno and her Master’s Degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She especially enjoys working with the following issues: bullying, body image, excessive worry, low self esteem, phobias, depression, self injurious behavior, schizophrenia, anger issues, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, trauma, and couples issues. Georgina has specialized certifications in treating suicide, trauma  in children, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, crisis intervention, Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional, and Triple P Positive Parenting. 

Licensed Therapist, NV# 2556 & CA# 106937

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Lisa May

LCSW

Being vulnerable is hard. However, with vulnerability comes healing. The most important part of healing our emotional wounds is having the courage to open up again. It is simply our willingness to show up as we are and to trust in and accept the help being offered that will ultimately lead us to the path of healing. As your clinician, I will meet you where you are on this path of healing. You can expect to be met with a compassionate, empathetic, and committed response to your care needs.

As a local social worker of 15 years, I bring my experience and expertise, along with a great passion for helping individuals, couples, and families. I have had the privilege of serving a diverse group of individuals in various settings and with a wide range of needs. During the first decade of my career, I worked primarily with children exposed to abuse and neglect and children with acute and chronic illnesses. Additionally, I had the opportunity to practice crisis intervention in the emergency room and acute hospital settings. In recent years, I have performed therapy services in a behavioral health hospital and on an outpatient basis. I have served individuals of all ages and backgrounds, as well as couples and groups. My approach is client-centered and strengths-based. I am formally trained in specific therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

I look forward to meeting with you to discuss how I can help you on your path towards healing.

Licensed Therapist, NV# 8922-C

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Heidi Rhoades

LMFT

I approach therapy as I approach every other area of my life: honesty, compassion, and empathy. Most importantly, everyone is an individual and treated as such, meaning no cookie-cutter therapy here. Whether individual, couples, or family therapy, I work to provide all my clients a safe and healthy environment to learn and grow. I firmly believe no client is beyond achieving their own desired healing and reaching their personal goals. My areas of specialty include: sexuality, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, children, families, and relationships. 

 

My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as a teaching credential in early childhood education and certification in clinical hypnotherapy.

Licensed Therapist, NV# 4082

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Patricia McCoy

LMFT

In times like these it is sometimes difficult to find hope. I work from a strengths-based and solution focused approach because I believe that we are all stronger than we know and therapy is often a time to allow another person to help you see the strength in yourself again. I believe that our connections are one of our most important assets, and I do my best to create a thoughtful, safe, and caring environment for each client.

I moved to Reno from Northern California in 2005, and I graduated with my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2017 from Capella University. I am currently a state intern, which means that I not only carry my own intern license but also work under the license of an experienced supervisor. I have spent the last 3 years, in addition to 1 year of practicum experience, in working with children, adolescents, families, and individuals. I have gained a lot of experience in working with children and teens, including participation in play therapy workshops, and work at HeadStart within a therapeutic role.

Whether you are brand new to therapy or a solid devotee, I will do my best to help you work toward your goals and help you feel hope again.

Licensed Therapist, NV# 3299

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Annie Fuller

LCPC

We are all on this "spectrum" of humanness. Sometimes being a human is hard. Sometimes it is joyful, sometimes it is exhilarating, sometimes it is liberating, and sometimes it can be devastating. Welcome to your journey on the human condition. Reaching out can be difficult, but part of the human condition is that we are social creatures, and we need the tribe to survive.

I believe that humans are resilient, incredible, strong, and amazing creatures. I believe that with the right resources and internal strengths, empowerment and guidance we can be our best selves and learn to love the self that we are or have become, or who we have been - regardless of our past, current, or future circumstances.

My work with the human experienced as I entered into adulthood was to help victims of crime, domestic violence, and other survivors. I believe that with the right tools we can all get through the challenges, abuses, and other calamities life throws at us. In my practice now as a Clinical Professional Counselor I look at the human as a whole person, you are not just your trauma, you are not just your addiction, you are not just your familial problems, etc. I look to identify your strengths, your resilience, and your absolute right to exist in this word.

Some of the modalities I utilize in my practice are human centered/person centered therapy, strengths-based models, CBT, motivational interviewing, and EMDR.

Licensed Therapist, NV# CP1255

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Victoria Richards

LCSW

Bio coming soon!

Licensed Therapist, NV# 9233-C

Interns

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Brian Chapman

MFT-I

I view therapy as a way to deal with the unmet challenges in our lives, and it's a chance to work through some of the most difficult issues that we struggle with. These challenges could be anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and marital difficulties, to name a few. I will guide you on a path whose goal is to help you share and be vulnerable in a nonjudgmental environment. This is my belief, along with helping you to realize that you can find the strength to heal with guidance that is compassionate and empathetic. Here's a quote that guides me in my therapy practice, "Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart." - Marcus Aurelius.

My educational background is unique. I carry a degree in Political Science and a Masters of Science Degree  in Financial services, along with a Masters Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. I spent 30 years prior to working as a marriage and family therapist intern as a financial planner. I believe this gives me a broad background allowing me to have some understanding of the challenges that plague our everyday life. There are many paths on the road to learning, hopefully those paths lead to wisdom and understanding.

Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, NV# MI1140

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Raquel Atkins

CPC-I

Raquel is a Clinical Professional Counselor Intern. Raquel’s clinical training at Northwestern University was grounded in psychodynamic theory with a specialization in trauma and treating multiculturally diverse adult populations.

Raquel is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has an integrated psychodynamic-informed perspective and works with parts through an Internal Family Systems (IFS) lens. Raquel is working toward certification through Postpartum Support International (PSI) to support perinatal mental health. She trained as a psychedelic-integration (non-drug modality grounded in harm reduction, mindfulness, and psychodynamic principles) therapist by Fluence, a leading psychedelic integration and psychedelic-assisted therapy education provider. She was also involved with the Neuro Integration Lab at Northwestern.

Raquel passionately believes in the importance of nuanced contextual factors in the healing process. Her background in critical media studies and communication inform this passion and guide her current work. Raquel aims to emphasize the importance of inviting these elements into therapeutic spaces. Navigating delicate experiential and emotional realms demands delicate care that challenges overly simplified notions of healing.

Clinical Professional Counselor Intern, NV# CI3345

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Laura Blauenstein

CSW-I

Laura is a Clinical Social Work Intern who establishes a safe setting for people to explore their perceptions, increase self-awareness, and develop an understanding or their behavior. She has an authentic, non-judgmental, radially affirming, and intersectional approach. She believes therapy is a collaborative process and mobilizes an integrative approach to help individuals build a skillset for improving the quality of their life experiences. Laura has a background in working with diverse individuals across various settings and with the broader community to promote overall wellbeing. She is passionate about research, attending and presenting at conferences, and enhancing the knowledge base of therapeutic applications.

Laura achieved a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Social Work, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Human Sexuality. She feels privileged to work with all individuals and is especially trained to work on goals relating to attachment, personality, sexual health and functioning, sexual desire, sexual pleasure, sexual trauma, diverse sexual interests and/or behaviors, fetishes, kink, BDSM, sex work, compulsive or impulsive sexual behavior, preoccupation, and/or material consumption, ethical non-monogamy, infertility, infidelity, sexual pain, intimacy issues relating to disability and/or chronic conditions, sexual body image, and intimacy skills. Laura is an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist.

Clinical Social Work Intern

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Dhalia Silva

MFT Trainee

Finding the courage to speak about challenging life events can be difficult. I aim to work collaboratively with each individual and aim to provide a welcoming, safe, and comfortable environment for all. I believe that healing requires a deeper look and understanding of attachment and emotional wounds. From an Emotionally Focused Therapy perspective, I help to bring emotional awareness and identify ways to create more secure and healthy attachments with the self and others. It is also my believe that everyone has strengths. Using the solution focused approach, I help each individual identify their strengths that may assist them with achieving their therapeutic goals.

My goal is to support each client in their therapeutic journey by being in the present with them and helping them build skills that can bring about hope and change. My areas of specialty include working with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, couples/marital issues, families, children, and adolescents. I also speak Spanish. 

My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies degree, with minors in psychology and developmental disabilities, attained at the University of Nevada, Reno. I am currently a graduate student working on my Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy degree at Capella University. I am supervised by an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) approved supervisor through my school, and by Dr. Wright, the founder and executive director of MBCA. Together, they have over 70 years of combined experience which means I am well guided, and you will be in good hands.

Directors

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Psy. D., Executive Director

Dr. Diana Wright is the founder and Executive Director of Mind and Body Counseling Associates. She is a licensed Clinical and Health Psychologist with her Psy.D. from the American School of Professional Psychology. She is the only certified Gottman Couples Therapist in Northern Nevada and specializes in couples counseling as well as individual psychotherapy. Her private practice has been thriving in Reno for 30 years and now she's bringing the best therapists to her group practice to better serve her community.  

Find out more about Dr. Diana Wright by clicking her photo, which will direct you to her professional website. 

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Ryan J. Perkins

MBA, Chief Operations Officer

Ryan Perkins joined the Mind and Body team in 2020. He joins the team after 8 years in the aerospace industry in various Finance and Project Management roles. His intention is to ensure Mind and Body operates, from a business standing, on a people first mindset. Partnering with our providers and administrators, he seeks to simplify and streamline MBCA practices to provide a simple and enjoyable experience for those in our community. 

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Jessica DeBerg

BA, Administrative Team Director

Jessica is our wonderful Administrative Team Director and is here to help you navigate your way with Mind and Body Counseling Associates. She has her Bachelor's degree in Business Management through University of Phoenix. She has spent a few years assisting with Child Development during her years at California State University, Stanislaus before joining the Reno area. Jessica comes with well over 7 years of customer service and insurance experience. Her ultimate goal is to provide continuous support to clients, therapists, and admin staff. Not only will she get you with her contagious smile, she is willing to go above and beyond for all. Her love includes her fur babies, family, being outdoors, and food. 

Administrative Team Associates

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Briana Contreras

Administrative Associate

Briana has been a great Administrative Associate with MBCA for over a year. She comes to our team with experience working with insurance companies and customers alike. Bri is your go-to person when you have any questions regarding billing or working with your insurance. Bri is a Nevada native who enjoys spending time outdoors with her family including her husband and son. 

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Mary Jane Cox

Administrative Associate Intern

Bio coming soon!