DR. YIOTA offers professional services that are dedicated to helping individuals, couples, and families move through the problems of life to improve mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. She will support you in a whole-person approach by working with other health professionals when necessary. In an atmosphere of warmth and caring, she helps clients develop new skills / tools, and / or strategies for dealing with new-everyday as well as reoccurring-familiar problems. This commitment dictates that she understand and utilize the most effective professional attitudes, clinical interventions and approaches currently available as evidenced in research while maintaining an obligation to honor each person’s worldview.
“Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart;
a wise person draws from the well within.”
(The Message Tenth Anniversary Readers Edition, pg.1133)
It is a most humbling and privileged experience to be invited into the world of individuals with whom I work in a therapeutic setting. Most persons come to counseling / therapy because somebody told them to do so; or because they want something in their lives to be different; or because they are seeking an alternate perspective and / or understanding from which to view their daily life struggles.
Any life change and / or journey is more tolerable, successful, and maybe even more enjoyable when it’s done with someone by your side, and research supports this idea. Regardless of what your life’s dilemma may be these days … we will be honored to help you launch those first steps in taking charge of your well-being TODAY, and if anything good comes of our time together … to God be all glory, honor, and praise!
“God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts,
but bold and loving and sensible.”
(The Message Tenth Anniversary Readers Edition, pg. 2169)
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois … and after having spent many years in Florida and a short stay in Denver, Colorado … I have been a Reno resident since 1986.
I did my internship in Marriage & Family Therapy at Washoe Medical Center Lifeskills In-patient / Out-patient Center, currently renamed Renown Regional Medical Center. I established my private practice upon full licensure and have maintained it since. After some unpredicted life dilemmas, I returned to the WCSD as a Professional Counselor which has provided a diverse experience in working with children and their families.
Regarding my education, I hold …
B.A. degree from Northeastern Illinois University with majors in Mental Retardation and Education
M.Ed. degree from the University of South Florida in Educational Leadership
Ed.S. degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in School Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy
Ph.D. degree from Christian Bible College in Christian Counseling
My purpose: Finding a balance between mental, emotional, and / or spiritual health and general wellness by challenging and changing habits and / or behaviors that ruin and destroy our overall happiness and well-being and that ultimately interfere with our personal relationship with God.
I have always been both personally and professionally captivated by health and wellness topics and in my many years as a counselor / therapist, I have learned that there is truth to the thinking that mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and even financial health go hand-in-hand. My passion is helping others find that big AH-HA moment when they connect those aspects of their lives together.
Counseling, Psychotherapy, or Coaching?
Counseling = Finding understanding and / or solutions for everyday life problems in an intellectual manner.
Psychotherapy = Refers to the treatment of mental and emotional disorders through the use of psychological techniques designed to encourage communication of conflicts and insights into problems with the goal being personality growth and / or behavior modification.
Coaching = Setting goals and working a plan for a specific outcome with accountability as a primary ingredient.
Biofeedback = Training to control physiological processes such as muscle tension, blood pressure, and / or heart rate to alleviate emotional responses to stress.
And sometimes they intertwine!
My Special Interests
In the Book of Luke, we read that Mary was caring for Elizabeth, and later when Mary learned what the shepherds had been told about the birth of her own son … “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19 NIV) I’ve given Mary’s behavioral examples much thought over the years, and I’ve observed isn’t that what women are brought up to do … nurture and ponder especially when life feels out of synch / balance / control and we can’t pinpoint why. Chances are that even if we do know why, many of us will ponder a topic to death anyway. Sometimes we ponder because we think it’s our job since no one else is tending to the task (of pondering). Sometimes we ponder because we don’t know what else to do when something needs to be done. Sometimes women ponder to the point of unhealthy rumination while at other times women simply prefer to ponder than get a good night’s sleep … go figure!
Mary pondered, I ponder, and I’ll guess you ponder too!
This is why a specific area of interest lies in Women’s Issues. Today women’s lives in our society are challengingly complex regardless of the time or season of life a woman may be experiencing at the moment. Emphasizing the “whole-person” approach, it is my hope to empower women to achieve a sense of balance and control over their lives while also listening to the inner voice that directs, advises, and counsels us all … helping you to better understand your feelings and, if need be, changing your behavior.”
Some specific Women’s Issues topics include and are not limited to:
Developmental / Identity Tasks
Self-Esteem / Body Image
Sexuality / Health Concerns
Social / Cultural Issues
The Challenge of Caretaking Roles
“We’ll both be better women for having embraced the journey together.”
Family problems can develop in the best of families resulting in challenging, frustrating, and painful interactions among its members; and few if any families are exempt from this reality (mine included). This is why working with families is a passion of mine. From little irritations to buried resentments; or dramatic arguments to feelings of guilt; or disappointment and anger we did not even know we had … our families often bring up the most intense emotions we experience in our lifetimes be it for better or for worse.
Some specific Family Problems topics include and are not limited to:
Separation, Divorce, or Blended Family Adjustments
Mental Health Concerns Including Abusive Behaviors
Child and Adolescent Behaviors and/or Academic Concerns
In a perfect world, resolving family problems requires the cooperation of everyone in the family. This provides a great opportunity to strengthen family ties and interactions. However, we do not live in a perfect world, and we know that both men and women can be strong instigators of any adjustments once they set their mind to doing so. Let’s brainstorm together what can be done to get a change going in your life regardless of whether you attend alone or with another family member.
“There’s nothing that makes you more insane than family.
Or more happy. Or more exasperated. Or more … secure.”