MEET OUR TEAM

Sabrina Allbee, LMFT

Sabrina graduated with her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2016 from the University of Nevada, Reno. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, she genuinely believes that every family is its own system, and that each family member offers strengths that contribute to a healthy functioning system. She creates opportunities when working with families for those strengths to be recognized and honored.  In addition to her work with families, Sabrina specializes in working with individuals who identify as transgender or gender fluid. She is passionate about meeting the needs of individuals who may be struggling with issues related to gender. She mostly believes in helping individuals through an existential perspective, meaning she focuses on the experiences of her clients and helps them to gain a deeper understanding of their emotions, purpose, and meaning.  Through this therapeutic approach, she is able to make authentic connections with her clients and create a safe space for them to process through their emotional challenges.

Licensed Therapist, NV# 2600

Nicole Byrne, LMFT

You worry you aren’t doing things right and you’re burdened with obstacles that keep you stuck. As this overwhelm grows bigger it gets in the way of being your authentic self, acting upon your gifts, and forming meaningful relationships. You shy away from taking risks and you're too ashamed to share with others how you're feeling. You're exhausted from going at this alone and disappointed with the ways your distress is showing up in your performance at work, in your relationships, and your overall health.

You don't have to do this alone; it's entirely possible to feel connected, fulfilled and unstuck. My job is to create a safe and judgement free space for this process to unfold. Your life and the way you evolve through it is precious. My goal is to help you discover and align closely with your values and the things you love, enthusiastically pursue those things, and minimize what keeps you from living well.Your challenges are opportunities to strengthen your relationships, learn how to navigate difficulty, and improve the inevitability of surviving more problems.

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Licensed Therapist, NV# 1026

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?

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Licensed Therapist, NV# 7816-C

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

Constance Hightower, LCSW

Connie Hightower has been working as a licensed social worker for over 40 years. She hails from the East Coast and is ready to say hello to our great state of Nevada. Connie has a laundry list of accomplishments from Director of healthy start programs for schools to experienced clinician. She has experience in treating patients with trauma, grief and loss, anger management, adjustment to sudden life changes, depression, anxiety, parenting, marital challenges and LGBTQ and gender issues. As well as working with families and children. We are very lucky to have Connie join us at MBCA.

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Licensed Therapist, NV# 8114-C

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.  

Psychological Assistant

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.

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Licensed Therapist, NV# 8428-C

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

Laure Saint Georges, LMFT

Laure graduated from Boston University in 2013 with her Masters in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine in Boston, MA. She spent the next 6 years practicing in California and Reno working closely with children, teenagers, families, and adults. She has extensive experience working with families who have gone through the foster care system or through adoption.

 

In addition, she has worked closely with individuals and families who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, abuse, grief, anger, stress, truancy, and relationship difficulties. Having moved from France when she was 7 years old, Laure has experienced being submerged in an unfamiliar culture and enjoys working with diverse families and individuals. Throughout her work, Laure has worked closely with clients from the LGBTQ community.

 

She uses a number of theoretical approaches based on the needs of the clients; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Structural and Strategic Family Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Therapy.

Licensed Therapist, NV# 2562

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. 

Grace Blankenship

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. 

Briana Contreras

Briana is our administrative superstar here at Mind and Body Counseling Associates. She always welcomes patients with a friendly smile, and is there to help no matter what is going on in our busy office. She welcomes new and existing patients to the practice, handles insurance communications, and when you call the office, she is one of the people to answer your call. She is fluent in both English and Spanish so she can welcome more patients to MBCA. She previously worked for Renown as a patient access representative in the cardiology department. She has also worked as an insurance claims specialist, which is an invaluable asset for our team. When she's not working she loves spending time with her family and friends. 

Ruby Villar

Ruby is the newest member of our team at Mind and Body Counseling Associates. She will be your go-to person when checking in or out for your appointments. Ruby always has a positive attitude and is here to ensure your visit goes as smoothly as possible. Her previous experience as a Referral Specialist for Hometown Health makes her an awesome asset to our team. She also completed her MA certification in 2011. When Ruby is off the clock, she enjoys spending time at her church and with her two boys. Welcome her to the team!  

Samantha Perkins

Sam has been the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator of MBCA since its inception. Having studied at the University of Nevada, Reno as well as the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, she has an eye for detail and a deep love for our Northern Nevada community. You can find her creeping Instagram, cracking jokes, walking her dog Mindy, and studying with her husband at home. 

Check out our Instagram, Facebook, and blog page for inspirational quotes, interesting blog posts, and more!

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Mindy Perkins

Mindy is an 8 year old black Lab and Dachshund mix originally from Wichita, Kansas. She has a passion for Nylabones, ripping her toys to pieces, and masquerading as a lap dog. She loves going to "doggy day care" where she can socialize with patients and therapists alike. Ask us for some duck jerky (she's fancy, we know...) and she will become your new best friend. 

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