MEET OUR TEAM

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Raquel Atkins

CPC-I

Raquel is a practicum student counselor-in-training anticipating graduation in Spring 2021. Raquel’s training at Northwestern University is 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. Though Raquel has yet to complete Level I training for Internal Family Systems work, she has attended and continues to attend extensive continuing educational workshops focused on IFS, parts work, and their integration with EMDR. Raquel is 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 is also an active member of the Neuro Research 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.

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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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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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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

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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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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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Bernadette Hinojos

Psy. D. Asst.

In our diverse and multifaceted world, the ever-changing challenges that one faces can feel very overwhelming. I have dedicated my career to addressing the needs of those who feel unseen and under-represented by working with a lens of social justice and advocacy for all. I am acutely aware of the needs that aren’t being met in our current society and it is my goal to help you overcome these obstacles using CBT and Narrative Therapy principles to help develop a sense of empowerment. After receiving my BA at San Jose State University, I went on to pursue my MA and then Psy.D at Alliant International University in Sacramento, California. During my educational journey, I provided therapy at a grass-roots organization, the Gender Health Center, which served the LGBTQ+ community, as well as working for the court system to provide mandated treatment for various individuals. I also worked as a therapist for the University of Nevada counseling center addressing a wide range of issues. Today, my practice focus includes depression, anxiety, relationships, eating disorders, personality disorders, sexuality, LGBTQ+, as well as identity issues and exploration.


The full scope of my practice far exceeds the areas listed above. If you have further questions, please call the office to learn more about my specialties.  

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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

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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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Patricia McCoy

MFT-I

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.

Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, NV# MI0851

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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

MFT-I

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.

Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, NV# MI1103

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Dhalia Silva

MFT-I

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.

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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 name, which will direct you to her professional website. 

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Grace Blankenship

Administrative Director

Grace is Dr. Wright's office manager and right hand woman, with the internal title "Director of Everything."  She completed her undergraduate studies in Drama and Psychology & Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine.  She also completed a semester of counseling courses toward her master’s degree at California State University, Fullerton.  Grace’s previous experience includes office administration for a physical therapy clinic and a market research software company.  Additionally, she volunteered as a research assistant, working with teens with Autism, and as a child advocate for a child abuse investigation facility during her time in California.  She enjoys spending time with family, and her hobbies include hiking, music, and roller derby. 

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Becky Budman

Administrative Associate

Becky is another Administrative Assistant, specializing in billing and claims.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and Master’s Degree in Business Management, with a concentration in Human Resources.  Originally from Massachusetts, she came out to Reno with her husband and son 3 years ago from Portland, Maine, for a change of pace in life and career.  Since making the change from working with children, she has eagerly jumped into her role here at MBCA and is happy to assist our clients and staff to meet their needs. 

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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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Jessica DeBerg

Administrative Associate

Jessica is one of our wonderful Administrative Associates and is here to help you navigate your way with Mind and Body Counseling Associates. She has just completed her Bachelors 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 5 years of customer service and insurance experience. She is here to provide all the help and assistance you need and will get you with her contagious smile. Her love includes her fur babies, family, being outdoors and food. 

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