As a leading provider of mental health services in the Reno / Sparks area for over  20 years, I take pride in offering the best services to my clients while acknowledging a person’s world view on “life and love and other mysteries” (from Point of Grace).

My  Perspectives

Each of us has a “treasure chest” of life experiences, knowledge, and if we are mature enough we have learned wisdom.  What’s inside of and stored in the treasure chest? Let’s search for any significance in it if such exists. Life is too short and precious to struggle even one day with unhappiness, indecision, and / or despair. There is a reason for all things good and bad in our lives even if we can’t see it today; so let’s work towards a life understanding, purpose, and meaning together.

My Services

Counseling, Psychotherapy, and/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.

                 And sometimes they intertwine!

My clinical interests lie in Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and Relationship, Family, and Women’s Issues.  I believe knowledge and understanding of oneself and any medical diagnosis (if there is one) is an invaluable source of power in surviving the complex world in which we live these days.  When you are ready to make some changes for the better in your life, CONTACT ME and we’ll make an appointment to explore your possibilities TODAY! 

Relationship and Family problems can develop in the best of families resulting in challenging, frustrating, and painful interactions among its members; and few if any  are exempt from this reality (mine included).  From little irritations to buried resentments; or dramatic arguments to feelings of guilt; or disappointment and anger we did not even know we had ….. these liasons 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:
Chronic Illness.
Substance Misuse/Abuse.
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 transformation 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.”
Jim Butcher


My Special Interest

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
Relationship Problems
Self-Esteem / Body Image
Sexuality / Health Concerns
Social / Cultural Issues
The Challenge of Caretaking Roles

 “We’ll be better women for having embraced the journey together.”  (Dr Yiota)