OUR AMAZING MBCA TEAM

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

I see therapy as a place to practice courage and honesty, with the goal of creating more joy, authenticity and flexibility in one's life, relationships and work. I often see individuals dealing with complex issues such as anxiety, grief/loss, depression, recovery from trauma/abuse or neglect, chronic illness, relationship conflicts, or identity/life transitions. My approach is relational, empathetic, and interactive, creating an environment in which to help you better understand and address the challenges you are experiencing. 

I enjoy working with people form all ages and backgrounds with experience as a child, teen, adult and group clinician. I also have specialized training in treating complex trauma and chronic illness. Though I draw from humanistic, psychodynamic and mindfulness modalities, in essence my approach is integrative, person-centered, and strength-based. 

I am currently welcoming new clients and look forward to connecting with you. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Jennifer does strictly Telehealth at this time.

Licensed Therapist, NV# 7030-C

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Georgina Fontein

LMFT

Some people come to therapy to heal from specific experiences and others come to find peace and personal growth. Georgina strives to create a warm, judgement free space ideal for psychological healing. She has been practicing counseling for over 10 years and has worked with adults and children. She has worked in both intensive inpatient settings and with high functioning adults/children in traditional counseling offices.
Georgina is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and Nevada. Although, she is formally trained and certified in several Evidenced Based Practices the treatment approach is carefully selected with the individual after a formal assessment.

Feel free to contact me to see how I can help.
Se habla Español. Por favor llame para ver como le puedo ayudar.

We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. -Thomas S. Monson

Licensed Therapist, NV# 2556 & CA# 106937

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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 in 2017 from Capella University with my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. I was fully licensed in 2021 and have 4 years, plus one year of practicum experience in working with children, adolescents, families, and individual in a variety of environments. 

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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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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Brian Chapman

LMFT

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.

Brian specializes in Marriage Counseling and Couples Counseling while being level 1 trained in the Gottman Couples Therapy Method. Brian also specializes in panic disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, grief counseling, and personality disorders utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and solution focused therapy. 

Brian has a Masters Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Foamily Therapy from California Southern University. 

Licensed Therapist, NV# 4200

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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 modalities of practice include EMDR, trauma informed CBT, person-centered (Rogerian) approach and IFS (internal family systems). I don't believe that therapy is always "one size fits all" and we will work together to find what approach works best for you. 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.

Licensed Therapist, NV# CP1255

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Jennifer Hinton

LCSW

Life is filled with moments of great joy, profound sorrow, and everything in between; at times navigating the ups and downs can be challenging. Often people get stuck in familiar patterns that aren't productive. One of the benefits of therapy is having an objective, non-judgmental ally to assist you through the change process. Therapy is interactive and collaborative. As a therapist, my goal is to help my clients recognize and utilize the strengths they already possess to create the change they seek in their lives. "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly."

I specialize in interpersonal trauma. Through my work with trauma survivors, I've found that their problems stem from what was originally a reasonable response to an abnormal event. By retelling and redefining past experiences, clients can gain the insights and skills needed to move forward in more productive ways. 

In additional to working with survivors of interpersonal violence (including sexual, physical, and emotional abuse) I have extensive training and experience working with depression/mood disorders, anxiety, intergenerational trauma and substance use or abuse. I'll meet you where you are and together we can define what moving forward looks and feels like for you. I bring an authentic warmth, humor, a kind ear a a non-judgmental stance to each session. Join with me!

Licensed Therapist, NV# 8845-C

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Dave Reid

LMFT

Our attachments with people and our spiritual health form the bedrock of healthy functioning. Attachments are what give us meaning in life, self-worth, creativity, courage and adaptability in tough circumstances. To the degree our attachments are emotionally unsafe, inflexible or uncertain, to that degree we struggle with depression, anxiety, additive coping, unresolved grief and more. Additionally, our spiritual values put life in perspective and display the big picture of life and love. When attachments are safe and healthy, distressed relationships heal, anxieties fade, and loss/disappointments can give way to a new attractive future. 

 

Dave specializes in couples seeking an emotionally close, fulfilling relationship. He works with individuals and families facing an array of issues. He relies upon Attachment Theory,  Emotionally Focused Therapy, The Grief Recovery Method, Christian faith, and 37 years of marriage. He draws from other approaches too, since many integrate into Attachment Theory.

Dave also specializes in helping couples, individual and families discover or establish safe and more fulfilling relationships. He draws from a rich education, a lifestyle of learning, a deep faith foundation, and international travel. Dave's education includes Bachelor of Science from Multnomah University, Master of Divinity from Multnomah University, and MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University. 

Licensed Therapist, NV# 4261

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Junice Nunez

LCPC LMHC

Junice and is a bilingual Licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Massachusetts and Nevada (LCPC, LMHC).


I have been working in the counseling field since 2012. I have experience conducting individual therapy, in-office and online, in an outpatient setting with clients presenting with depression, anxiety, relationship and parenting issues, as well as a wide range of challenges including grief/loss, cultural adjustment, low self esteem, attachment disorder, work stress etc.


I mainly focus on evidence based psychological approaches such as CBT (cognitive behavioral approach) and Solution-Focused therapy techniques to cater my treatment to the needs of each client.

Specialties include stress, anxiety, relationship, family conflicts and depression.

Licensed Therapist, NV # CP1247-R

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Aaron Blackham

LCSW

Everyone deserves to have a safe, private, warm, objective space for support with managing life’s challenges.  Having 15 years of experience working with youth, adults, couples, families, and seniors in wilderness-based, residential, medical, private, nonprofit, and public agencies prepares me to create a dynamic healing space to work collaboratively with you.  I also bring 12 years of experience teaching, training, and consulting on evidenced-based practices that promote wellness. I provide a person-centered, strengths-based, trauma-informed, eclectic, holistic, approach to therapy.  By integrating MI, CBT, ACT, emotional intelligence, transpersonal psychology, mindfulness, systems theory, and experiential activities, we can find the right modality to fit your needs.  I also offer HeartMath based biofeedback to improve emotional regulation and enhance ability to attain peak mental and physical ability.   

 

I provide a multicultural lens for individual counseling, family counseling and Gottman method pre-marital and couples’ counseling. I specialize in working with anxiety, grief, mood disorders, substance use disorders, crisis intervention, trauma, stress, life transitions, insomnia, health coaching, career related challenges, relational and family concerns with people across all spectrums of human diversity.  I bring depth and breadth of knowledge and experience with local and national resources to amplify health, unbound self-growth, and wellness.  

Live music, traveling, sports, and spending time outside with others are my favorite pastimes.  I operate a greenhouse and aquaponic system that produces food year-round while starting and finishing each day practicing permaculture.

Licensed Therapist, NV # 9470-C

Interns

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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, NV# 8529-S

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Daniel Mascret

CSW-I

Over the last 20 years of work in the health care industry I noticed a recurring theme, my passion to help others work through their life struggles. As a Clinical Social Work Intern, I partner with clients to help them understand and process their behavior, thoughts, feelings and emotions. By focusing on the needs of my clients, we build a rapport and comfortable atmosphere for healing.

 

In 2018 I completed my Masters in Social Work from USC, a top 10 ranked program. Using my specialties in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Problem Solving Intervention (PSI) and Motivational Interviewing (MI), my focus is to provide the support my clients deserve and need. In addition to my time as a therapist, I also work with emergency medical services in public education, public relations and as an emergency medical technician.

 

I look forward to meeting with you and working together to accomplish your goals.

Clinical Social Work Intern, NV# 8181-S

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Ciara Hayes

CPC-I

"We don't have to do it all alone. We were never meant to." - Brene Brown

Asking for help is vulnerable, but it is also an act of courage. If you are struggling right now, dedicating time to prioritize self-exploration and growth is an invaluable gift to yourself. I am excited to support you on this journey. I will take you seriously and do my best to understand your world as you experience it. I want to join you and work towards goals you have during this process. What you do shapes who you are and who you will become. In therapeutic conversations, you are doing something new. It is through the unpredictable and infinite experience that you become more than you were before. My goal as a therapist is to create a supportive, non-judgmental space to explore and develop a deeper sense of self-awareness. I believe in a shame-free, co-created relationship where warmth, empathy, and humor are not only valued, but encouraged. I bring my authenticity and curiosity to help foster a space where you can safely examine the parts of your life that don't align with your vision for yourself. 

I am currently a Certified Professional Counselor Intern and specialize in helping couples, families, and individuals of all ages. In 2018, I completed my Master's degree with a focus on school counseling and marriage and family therapy. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Gottman level 1. I am dedicated to continuing my education to further my knowledge in a manner that will provide the best care for my current and future clients. I look forward to working with you!

Clinical Professional Counselor Intern, NV# CI714

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Sarah Merodio

CSW-I

Sarah is a Clinical Social Work Intern who believes in a comprehensive approach to therapy including physical and mental wellbeing. She practices using an empathetic, genuine, and nonjudgmental approach. Sarah has a background in working with adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, disordered eating behaviors, and self-injurious behaviors. 

Sarah received a Bachelor's degree from Monmouth College in Psychology and Kinesiology, and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Nevada, Reno. Sarah uses various therapeutic methods to address the individual needs of each client, including appraoches from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). 

Clinical Social Work Intern, NV# IC-1644

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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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Kaleigha Valdez

CSW-I

I have been very passionate about the mental health field for many years. Finding help with your mental health can be difficult and that is why I strive to help anyone I encounter feel comfortable with telling me how they are feeling and what they are going through. I know each individual is different and that is also why I try my best to understand their situation from their perspective rather than the perspective of everyone else. My goal as a mental health professional is to work with my clients to establish rapport, build an empathetic professional relationship, and to be there to help guide them towards their goals. I enjoy the quote "Be happy for this moment, this moment is your life." by Omar Khayyam and hope that I can help others discover how to be happy for the moments in their lives too. 

 

I am currently a Clinical Social Work Intern and Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Nevada. I graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with my Bachelors degree in Psychology while double minoring in both Human Development and Addiction Treatment Services. I also earned my Masters degree in Social Work from UNR as well. 

 

I look forward to meeting you and to developing a path towards true resilience in your life!

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 certified in CIIS/MAPS, Psychedelic Assisted Therapy as of 12/2021 and the only Gottman Couples Therapist in Northern Nevada, specializing 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. 

Administrative Team Associates

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Jessica DeBerg

BS, Office Manager

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Heidi Potter

Administrative Associate

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Lily Duffin

Billing Specialist

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Tobias Chambers

Billing Specialist