Meet the Staff
Being Vulnerable – a Good Place to Start
Therapy can feel extremely vulnerable at first. It may even be a little nerve-wracking just exploring this Website while thinking about picking up the phone and calling.
You may have several tabs of therapists’ sites in your browser and feel uncertain of how to even begin to pick one. You may even think, “Looks a little young. I don’t know for sure.” We understand all of that. And we hope we can help make your decision a little easier.
We Have a Knack for Putting You at Ease
When you work with the staff at Mental Shifts, we do our very best to put you in as much ease as possible. The good news? We have never had a client who did not feel more comfortable after coming to see us.
In fact, most clients tell us they feel better after their first session. And it only gets better as time goes on, too. The more you meet with us, the safer you will feel. You will begin to feel empowered, self-assured, and worthy of the love you crave.
At Mental Shifts, what we can offer you is a calm, soothing environment where you will instantly feel well cared for and treated with the respect you deserve.
Picture coming into the office for the first time, sipping coffee (or tea, if you prefer) and having the sense you are in the right place. After the first session, you walk out of the office feeling lighter. You think, “This could work” and “I don’t have to go through this alone anymore.”
It can be hard to take the first step on this journey, and it can be very easy to find excuses not to start – but what awaits you is SO worth it. And YOU are so worth it.
About Dr. Grant
Getting to know you excites me – I love talking with people. I will genuinely take an interest in who you are and care about helping you get the life you desire.
I also won’t stop at listening or talking. I am more than just a great friend you meet at a coffee shop or grab a drink with. I may feel like that at times, but I also have quite a few tools to help you reach your goals.
Here are a few of my credentials:
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University
- Psychodynamic Concentration (Attachment-focused/Relationship oriented)
- Licensed Psychologist in the state of Nevada since 2016
- 10 years of experience in the field
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) trained in Manhattan, NY
- Past Groups Coordinator at UNLV’s The PRACTICE (CBT, DBT, Young Adult, and Process Groups)
- Gottman and Imago Dei trained Couples Therapist in Southern CA
I personally feel my calling in life is to help others. I get a sense of accomplishment from meeting people who are struggling, maybe even in a dark place, and helping them find their way out. That is not only what I love to do, but what I can do for you.
When I am not helping people, I enjoy playing with my two dogs, cooking dinners with my fiancé, and doing amateur photography. In fact, several photos on this Website were taken by yours truly (not the ones of staff).
About Tiffany Simonetti, LCPC
Hi, I’m Tiffany. I focus on creating a collaborative journey in healing symptoms related to depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma wounds in order to help you move forward in your life
My experience includes two years working with individuals and families, two years working with university employees and students, one year focusing on couples, and another year running groups.
I am a Fully Licensed Clinician in Nevada and love working with many populations. I specialize in using a client-centered approach with cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior techniques.
About Michele Lynn, MFT-I
There is discovery, growth and profound life-changing experiences possible when you seek the help of a compassionate and professionally trained therapist. My approach to therapy is grounded in a calm, safe and supportive focused journey of healing. My passion for therapy additionally includes a grounded holistic contribution for clients to explore additional physical and spiritual factors through yoga meditation techniques.
As a PhD student and state-licensed therapist, my professional experiences in the treatment of primary survivors of direct violence, abuse and related phobias is a passionate calling. Compassionate primary survivor therapy includes healing in discrimination, oppression, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, racism, homophobia, transphobia and child abuse.
The environment where we work together is relaxed and comfortable where you will feel understood and assured that we are focused in facing and fighting to heal traumatic experiences and reshaping life. Our work will always be confidential and treated with the highest respect.
Therapy can provide new perspectives and insight into challenging problems and additionally often heals relationships. There is a path to healing. There are tools that will serve you to reach your healing goals and maintain your progress. You will grow stronger courageously harnessing resolve and discernment. There is a radiant future ahead for you.
A little bit more about me:
- I am a Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist Intern and also a Ph.D Student specializing in Couples Counseling.
- I am clinically trained in sequences for specialty in trauma sensitive training to understand PTSD and trauma brain injury.
- I offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and tapping solutions for a reconnection of mental and physical reconnection by tapping via body stimulation.
My Specialties Include:
- Yoga Therapy
- High conflict relational dynamics
About Vanya Georgieva-Matev, MFT-I
- I have experience with individual clients as well as couples, and families including small children and adolescent
- I am certified in Grief Treatment: Evidence-Based Approaches to Care Across the Lifespan
- I am trained in Integrating Marriage and Family Therapy with Families Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- I am trained in basic Applied Behavior Analysis
- Narrative Therapy with individuals, couples, and families for various psychological problems.
- Grief Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy with Families Living with ASD
Dr. Jacquelyn Rinaldi, PsyD Intern
I also enjoy teaching Psychology at College of Southern Nevada, as well as speaking and leading workshops for corporate clients and conferences across the country.
My Specialties include:
• Dream analysis
• Cognitive Behavior Therapy
• Certified Meditation Teacher: trained by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach
Ciera Primas, CPC Student Intern
I utilize the Person-Centered theory, which means I believe that you are capable of growth and solving any problem that may arise in their life, both present and future. You may be wondering if that is the case why go to therapy. When working with me you will find that my form of therapy is a very collaborative experience, and I am here to guide and support you in your journey, not decide what your journey is. I have a directive approach and like to challenge my clients to better themselves by considering other perspectives.
At the end of each session, I like to have my clients feel more comfortable and confident in who they are. My hope for us to find reasonable and effective solutions to overcome your current challenges and also create a toolset for you to use for problems you may encounter in the future.
Danny Phung, CPC Student Intern
Devin Chance, Undergrad Student Intern
Jasmine Hardman, CPC Student Intern
I have ALWAYS had a passion for helping others. I believe ALL individuals deserve a space free from judgement to express themselves and share their stories.
I am here to listen and work with you to set and achieve life-changing goals.
I have a fresh take on all of the latest therapeutic developments and a wealth of knowledge at my disposal. I work closely with the team of other counselors at Mental Shifts and undergo regular supervision to hone my skills as a clinician.
I graduated with a BS in Biology. With my science degree, I gained greater understanding of how the body works. I am currently a Counseling Psychology Student Intern, learning daily.
Although I am new to this field, I am not new in the business of caring for others. Together, I believe we can get you feeling whole again.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
I believe Individuals are the expert and have within them everything they need to become their ideal version of themselves.
My aim is to help you realize patterns of unhelpful behavior and find solutions.
In a session with me, you can expect to learn skills to cope and problem-solve while also challenging the narratives we hold about who we are. Our session will flow collaboratively. I believe working together is important for the process.
With me, you WILL find solutions that work for your life! I will help you get there. And, at the end of our therapeutic process, you can expect to feel liberated, empowered, and worthy of taking up space.