Our Therapists

Mind and Body Counseling Associates

Our Therapists

At Mind and Body Counseling Associates, we want patients to feel empowered to take control of their mental health by partnering with a therapist who can help with their unique needs so that your experience with therapy to be transformative. In order to achieve that goal, the “FIT” between you and your therapist must be right. If after a few sessions with your current therapist you determine that it’s not the right fit, we are happy to transfer you to an alternative therapist in our practice.

To ease that transition, our therapists can consult with each other and/or share your chart prior to your next session. If you choose, we will need your written consent before proceeding.

Simply let your therapist or an administrative staff member know and we would be happy to assist you with the transition.

Our Therapists
Dr Diana Wright

Dr. Diana Wright

Psy. D. and Executive Director

Dr. Diana Wright began her mental health career as a social worker, transitioned to the clinical director for a mental health clinic specializing in domestic violence, before building her own private practice in Reno, Nevada in 1999. She has since dedicated her professional career to helping individuals, couples, and families improve their relationships and mental health. Dr. Wright is a solution-focused therapist with the goal to help patients uncover their true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. She understands that each individual is unique and comes with their own specific set of challenges. Dr. Wright is trained and certified in disciplines ranging from the Gottman Couples therapy to psychedelic assisted therapy in order to meet the needs of her diverse clientele. She also specializes in reproductive and fertility counseling for individuals and couples.

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Aaron Blackham

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

Amy Center

Amy Center

LCSW

Utilizing a collaborative approach to psychotherapy, I partner with clients to identify and clarify their personal goals toward building the life they want and deserve. My desire is to assist clients to align each aspect of their life with those goals and bring insight to areas where they may feel “stuck”.
I use techniques from a variety of evidence-based approaches including mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and motivational interviewing to create an individual treatment plan tailored to each client’s needs. I have obtained additional trainings in the areas of EMDR for addressing trauma, ACT techniques to address a variety of issues, and Gottman Institute trainings for treating couples.
As a social worker, I have served clients in many different settings including the court system, public schools, hospice, and inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. My current focus is assisting adults of all ages with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships struggles and life transitions; and couples who want to heal, and strengthen their relationships.

I endeavor to approach my work with humility and gratitude for the role I’m allowed to play in each of my clients’ lives. It takes courage to take that first step toward healing and I look forward to joining you, wherever you are on your path, without judgement and supporting you along the way.

Licensed Therapist, NV#9601-C

Brian Chapman

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 Family Therapy from California Southern University.

​Licensed Therapist, NV# 4200

Cindy Engel

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

Jim Freeland

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

Georgina Fontein

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, judgment-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 Evidence 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

Annie Fuller

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

Ciara Hayes

Ciara Hayes

LCPC

“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.

As a Licensed Certified Professional Counselor, I 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 and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as 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!

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, NV# CP5225

James Hughes

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

Jennifer McCombs

Jennifer McCombs

LCSW

In my work, I believe that the true health and freedom we crave present themselves when we align body, mind and soul and return to the instinctual, intuitive wisdom that exists within us to guide us on our life journey. Through returning to ourselves and the sense of safety, security and love that come with feeling safe and at home in our bodies, we are able to open to life and live fully. Working with me requires a willingness to do hard, deep, but gentle, work.

During our time together, you will learn effective strategies for self-regulation and nervous system soothing, what boundaries you need in place to feel safe and secure, what needs of yours are not being met and how to meet them and and how to increase your ability to be with big energy and emotions without feeling overwhelmed.

I will not take on clients who are looking for someone to heal them. I offer support, tools, guidance, deep processing work, compassion, empathy and years of research, study and training, but I cannot do the healing for you. This is ultimately a co-created experience wherein my desire for you is to become your own best resource of wisdom, truth and healing.

I currently offer virtual therapy in NV, CA and AZ. The perspectives I operate from include Trauma and Grief informed, Mindfulness, Insight and Process informed, Internal Family Systems, Attachment Focused and Resiliency Focused Interventions.

​Licensed Therapist, NV# 7030-C, CA# 101643, AZ# 19216

Patricia McCoy

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 individuals 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

Sarah Merodio

Sarah Merodio

LCSW

Sarah is a Clinical Social Work 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 approaches from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, NV# 10381-C

Junice Nunez

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

Dave Reid

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

Heidi Rhoades

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

Monique Stanfield

Dr. Monique Stanfield

Psychologist – PsyD

Dr. Stanfield views her role with clients as helping them navigate their emotional journey. Whether a situational stressor, or an ongoing struggle, her whole person approach provides emotional and behavioral support as well as resources that can help individuals move forward to improve their quality of life.

For Dr. Stanfield, treating her clients means partnering with them to help them find the right tools for their individual style. She sees it as her role to assist the client in identifying their needs, which helps them build a scaffolding to build and grow upon. She believes the client usually already has the answer within, and just needs assistance in bringing it to the forefront. She offers her client’s a safe, non-judgmental place to talk and process their experience, and to help them explore options for making positive changes in their lives.

Dr. Stanfield is a Licensed Psychologist in Reno, NV since 2007. Over the past 15 years she has worked in different settings including private practice, medical offices and in mental health hospital systems. She holds a Doctorate of Psychology, as well as Masters degrees in Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. She attended programs at UC Davis, Pepperdine University and California School of Professional Psychology. Outside of practicing as a clinician, she is also an Adjunct Professor and a Psychological Consultant. She is a member of the Nevada Psychological Association and American Psychological Association with specialties in Anxiety, Depression and Chronic Pain

​PsyD License – PY0538

Laura Blauenstein

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

Daniel Mascret

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

Dhalia Silva

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.

Therapist Intern, NV# MI14118

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Dana Spaulding

CSW-I

Dana is a Clinical Social Work Intern who is passionate about empowering individuals and families in the community. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies and her Master’s of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her background consists of working with adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, substance use, and suicidal ideation. Dana has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She uses a strength-based approach to treatment and places high importance in creating a strong therapeutic alliance with clients.

Dana enjoys utilizing Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral practices in therapy as well as helping clients identify individualized goals. She emphasizes the importance of understanding the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. She enjoys assisting clients in utilizing coping skills and mindfulness practices to manage intense emotions.

​Clinical Social Work Intern, NV# 8944-M

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