Sandstone Psychological Practice

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dark-line.jpgChristina L. Aranda, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Areas of Expertise

Counseling is one of my greatest joys and being a therapist is a true privilege. In my practice, I work with adults (18+) on a wide variety of concerns and have particular expertise and interest in the following areas:

  • Anxiety and Stress Management (including Test Anxiety)
  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Career Counseling
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship Problems
  • Life Transitions
  • Trauma

I also have a great deal of experience working with undergraduate and graduate students in both community college and university settings. I am passionate about working with students and supporting them in their educational and personal goals.

Education and Experience

I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stanford University, where my love for psychology and counseling were first fostered. I took my first counseling course from the highly respected Dr. John Krumboltz, and knew at that point it was what I wanted for my career.

My doctorate is in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon (UO), a program that I chose specifically due to its commitment to multiculturalism, advocacy, and social justice. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the UO Counseling and Testing Center- where Dr. Mihelic and I met and began dreaming of a group practice we would open together. I then returned to California to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at Counseling and Psychological Services at UC Santa Cruz, where I focused on ADHD issues, including running therapy groups for students with attention deficits.

Over the course of my career, I have immersed myself in research, volunteer, and counseling experiences that have prepared me for work as a Psychologist. I have held focused rotations in the areas of: 1) Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counseling, 2) Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder Assessment and Treatment, and 3) Test Anxiety Treatment. I have worked in many settings, including: a college counseling center, university counseling centers, career centers, a child and family clinic, an advocacy agency for survivors of interpersonal violence, and a community agency specifically for adults with low-income who would otherwise not be able to afford counseling. I have also taught several courses in the areas of career development and psychological assessment.

Therapeutic Approach

My therapeutic approach is integrative and guided predominantly by evidence-based Interpersonal Process Therapy (IPT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I also utilize a multicultural framework for learning about clients’ values, cultural background, and the contexts that influence their lives.

With all clients, I work to create a therapeutic space that feels safe, empowering, and collaborative. Together, we set treatment goals and I often check in with my clients about their experience in counseling. IPT relies on the therapist-client relationship for making wanted changes and also highlights the role of social context and relationships in current concerns. CBT techniques can help clients increase self-awareness by understanding the interplay of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors- and practicing new ways of being.

Personal Interests

On a personal note, I am originally from El Paso, Texas where I was born and raised. I have also spent quite a bit of time in the Bay Area, as well as Oregon. Although I loved living in Oregon, after many years in the rain, it feels wonderful to be in a location where sunshine is plentiful. I greatly enjoy spending time with my family. During my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, and catching up on Netflix. 

dark-line.jpgJanell M. Mihelic, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Areas of Expertise

I am a clinical psychologist who provides psychological services to adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting problems. Some of my particular expertise and interests areas include:

  • Anxiety (including Test Anxiety)
  • Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • College-Population Issues (i.e., Academic Stress, Transition into College)
  • Depression
  • Disabilities (Learning and Physical Disabilities)
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Problems
  • Trauma Experiences
  • Religious/Spiritual Topics
Education and Experience

My career in psychology grew out of my love for politics and advocacy work. After graduating high school, I spent some time working for various political campaigns and non-profit organizations. Initially, I entered college with the dream of studying psychology and using such knowledge to design marketing efforts to raise awareness and policy change regarding various issues I’m passionate about. However, after taking abnormal and clinical psychology undergraduate classes, I became amazed by the psychological healing power created by a therapeutic relationship and therapy. I quickly changed my career paths and knew I wanted to become a clinical psychologist.

Staying true to my desert roots, I earned a  Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Nevada State College (NSC) and a Master of Arts degree and Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the University of Oregon (UO) Counseling and Testing Center with a concentration in Training and Supervision. I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at UNLV’s Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) with particular focus in Test-Anxiety and ADHD Treatment.

I have worked in a variety of settings including university settings, hospital settings, community mental health settings, and in private practices. However, it has always been my dream to be a part of a center in Southern Nevada like Sandstone Psychological Practice that provides quality psychological services to members of this amazing community.

Therapeutic Approach

My therapeutic approach is integrative, including a psychodynamic and client-centered approach. In working with clients, I understand presenting concerns within the context of their life experiences. For example, I help clients gain insight into how presenting problems may be related to past and/or childhood experiences (i.e., Psychodynamic Framework). I also believe that the relationship between the therapist and client is very important, and I strive to create a warm and empathetic environment in which clients feel open to work on their presenting concerns (i.e., Client-Centered Approach). Finally, I tailor therapy to meet the unique needs of each person I work with. For example, I may use cognitive-behavioral therapy (i.e., looking at how one’s thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are impacting one’s problems) when it seems appropriate with a given client.

Personal Interests

Although my birth name is Janell, I often go by “Nellie.” I am originally from Edwardsville, Kansas and moved to Henderson, Nevada (a place I call home today) when I was 9-years old. I spend my free-time with my family and two Shih-Tzus (Patty and LuLu). I enjoy hiking and exploring all of the desert-adventures available to us in Southern Nevada, including “treasure hunting” through ghost towns and historical mines. I also enjoy traveling and am an avid reader.

dark-line.jpgMary Baggio, B.A., Pre-Doctoral Practicum Trainee

Areas of Expertise

I am a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I’m currently supervised by Dr. Janell Mihelic as a Pre-Doctoral Practicum Trainee at Sandstone Psychological Practice. I aim to provide quality psychological services to adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting problems. Some of my particular areas of interest include (but are not limited to):    

  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Personality 
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Problems
  • Crisis Intervention and Risk Assessment
  • Assessment of ADHD and Learning Disabilities
Education and Experience

For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of becoming a psychologist. My passion for psychology flourished at Northern Illinois University where I assisted in several psychological research labs with a variety of primary areas of investigation. After earning my B.A. degree in psychology from NIU, I began my pursuit of a doctorate degree at UNLV where my focus quickly shifted from research to clinical practice. When I began working at a community mental health clinic, I was consistently inspired by the healing taking place all around me. It has been a privilege to work with the diverse community of Southern Nevada and I am immensely grateful to gain further experience and continue to grow as a therapist at Sandstone.

Therapeutic Approach

My therapeutic approach is integrative stemming from psychodynamic and client-centered methods. I strive to develop a safe, collaborative environment with a warm, genuine therapeutic relationship. I see each client as an individual with unique experiences and I hope to help clients gain insight into the complexities of their suffering and empower them as a force in their own healing. In both group and individual therapy I focus on “here-and-now” experiences and interactions as well as the interconnections of past experiences to progressively gain insight and understanding of oneself. I am also dedicated to adjusting the treatment to fit the needs of each individual client, incorporating evidence-based interventions from other orientations when applicable (e.g., Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Dialectical-Behavior therapy, etc.) 

Personal Interests

I am originally from the Chicago/Northern Illinois area where I lived until 2015 when I came to Las Vegas for my graduate training. I enjoy traveling and exploring new places and have loved getting to know Nevada! In my free time I enjoy hiking, watching hockey (Go Blackhawks!), relaxing at home with my pets, and spending time with friends and family.

dark-line.jpgAndrea L. Bevan, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Areas of Expertise

I am passionate about the field of psychology and how we all can open up to our lives in new and fulfilling ways, even with challenges. Together, we can explore issues and consider shifts that might help you overcome obstacles in your life and experience more authentic, satisfying relationships with yourself and others. My areas of expertise and interest include:

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Life and Role Transitions (e.g., Caregiver, Older Adults, Divorce)
  • Successful Conflict Resolution
  • Depression
  • Chronic Pain
  • Spirituality
  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Relationship Problems

I also have a great deal of experience working with military individuals and families. I am passionate about working with people from all walks of life and abilities to help meet their particular goals.

Education and Experience

I earned my Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where my population focus was older adults. I then earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Health Track at the University of Kansas, where I treated and assessed individuals and families across the lifespan during hospital and rehabilitation stays for various medical needs. My research interests are in older adults and the impacts of physical activity on the brain and life of older adults. This is where my love for science and psychology intersect.  I completed my Pre-Doctoral Internship at VA Central Iowa, where I had the privilege to serve those in the military and help treat the impact on mental health and functioning directly sustained from military service.

It is now that I am excited to settle in the desert, continue my life path, and assist others to total wellness through my work as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. I have worked in many settings, including: a college counseling center, community centers, child and adult palliative care work, inpatient rehabilitation, memory care facilities, psycho-oncology, and a VA advocating for whole health and quality of life of all individuals across the lifespan. 

Therapeutic Approach 

I believe one of the most important factors in therapy is a strong relationship between the client and the therapist. I work to create a therapeutic space that feels safe, warm, empowering, and collaborative. My therapeutic approach is integrative and guided predominantly by a Psychodynamic orientation, as well as a multicultural lens, to learn about clients and their respective values. I use a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities to fit the client’s needs and goals for therapy. 

Personal Interests

I am originally from the east coast, but have lived in many areas of the United States, including Nevada. The desert truly is magical to me, which is why I am back for good! During my free time, I enjoy painting, hiking, and traveling. I love animals and look forward to being a guardian of some furry friends again very soon. I appreciate you taking the time to get to know a little bit about me here.

dark-line.jpgCorey R. Kuhn, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Areas of Expertise

I am a Clinical Psychologist who provides psychological services to adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting problems. Some of my particular expertise and interests areas include:

  • Identity Exploration
  • Sport and Performance Psychology
  • Couples Counseling
  • Stress and Pressure Management
  • College-Population Issues (i.e., Academic Stress, Transition into College)
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Physical and Learning Disabilities
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Problems
  • Trauma Experiences
Education and Experience

My love for psychology grew out of my experiences as an athlete. My passion for sport stemmed from my desire to understand the complex psychological processes involved in competition and motivation. I attended Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY, where I participated in intercollegiate athletics on the varsity volleyball and track teams. During my time there, my focus on psychology changed dramatically when I suffered back-to-back ACL tears. This experience shifted my focus from sport performance psychology to a more broad interest in clinical psychology.

I have worked in a variety of settings with a diverse population of clients. I worked with the founder of The Optimum Performance Program in Sport and assisted in the development and research of interventions for student-athlete populations, provided services for UNLV sports teams and Cirque du Soleil, and provided mental health services to students of UNLV and the Las Vegas community. I completed a Pre-Doctoral Internship at Texas A&M University, where I worked with undergraduate and graduate students, couples, and athletes and expanded my focused training in consultation, identity development, and social justice. I am happy to return home to the Las Vegas area and to Sandstone Psychological Practice for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship and to work in an environment that is powerfully devoted to healing.

Therapeutic Approach 

I take an integrative approach to therapy, and aim to develop treatment around the needs of each individual person I work with. I utilize a Psychodynamic approach, integrating use of Interpersonal Process, and incorporate third-wave behavioral therapies (i.e., Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy when appropriate. I emphasize focus on the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client, and work to develop a warm and genuine connection where there can be a safe and collaborative space to discuss clients’ goals and needs. I will often use emotional and mental experiences within the therapy hour to get a better understanding of my clients’ experience of other interpersonal relationships. I strive to understand the context of presenting problems and how they may be related to past and/or childhood experiences by exploring patterns in relationships and emotional experiences.

Personal Interests

I am originally from Reno, Nevada, where I lived for nearly all of my childhood—all but one year spent in Shreveport, Louisiana. After college in New York, I gladly returned to my home state for graduate training at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where I received my Masters of Arts and Doctorate Degrees in Clinical Psychology. In my spare time, I enjoy being active (hiking and enjoying obscure sports are some favorites), reading, and spending time with family and friends.

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 Dorothy Parriott, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Areas of Expertise

I have worked in school settings for 15 years, conducting educational assessments for children ages 2 to 14 years old with a variety of presenting concerns. In addition, I have provided consultation to families and teachers alike. I have also provided counseling services to children to help enhance their skills surrounding educational issues. Some of my particular expertise and interests areas include:

  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Functional Behavior Assessment
Education and Experience

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island, I discovered the perfect career path which allowed me to combine my interest in education and my love for psychology.  I returned to NJ where I grew up and obtained a Master of Arts degree and Professional Diploma in Educational Psychology at Kean University.  I began working as a school psychologist in multiple school districts in NJ upon graduating. In the following years, I explored administrative training and positions within the school system which allowed me to continue working with children and engage in professional supervision. Upon moving to Las Vegas in 2009, I continued to work as a school psychologist in Clark County School District where I continue to work at this time.  In May of 2016, I completed my Doctorate degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I am currently working towards Nevada licensure as a clinical psychologist by obtaining supervised post doctorate hours in clinical practice here in Las Vegas. 

Psychological Approach 

My psychological approach consists of a behavioral basis but also considers environmental factors.  I believe in focusing recommendations on the specific and identified needs of clients in hopes of helping them meet their goals.  I work hard to match assessment instruments to the needs of each client while maintaining standardized procedures. I value the relationships that I create with clients and strive to impact their lives in a positive manner.   

Personal Interests

I am originally from NJ and besides attending 4 years of undergraduate schooling in Rhode Island, resided in NJ my entire life prior to meeting my husband in Las Vegas. I moved to Las Vegas with my husband where we have raised our 3 children for the past 7 years. I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family, in particular biking and hiking.  I love working on projects with my children to make our home a more enjoyable and comfortable learning environment.

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 Sarah Jones, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Areas of Expertise

am a Licensed Psychologist who provides psychological assessment and therapeutic services to adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting concerns.  Some areas of particular expertise include:

  • Relationship, Intimacy, and Couples Therapy
  • Gender and/ or Sexuality Concerns
  • Trauma
  • Veterans and First Responders
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Life Transitions and Identity Exploration
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Evaluations for Hormone Replacement Therapy and/ or Gender Reassignment Surgery

also have an interest in working with people experiencing concerns related to reproduction, fertility, and/or postpartum.

Education and Experience

I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where I focused my research on human sexuality.  I completed my Pre-Doctoral Internship at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and West Hospitals in New York City, where I completed rotations in the following areas: an intensive outpatient program working with adolescents, an intensive outpatient program with adults with primary diagnosis of a personality disorder, and with adults in outpatient general mental health.  I then completed my Post-Doctoral Fellowship at a private practice in Beachwood, Ohio with a focus on relationship and sexual issues, as well as problematic sexual behaviors. 

Throughout my training and career, I have worked in a wide variety of settings including VA healthcare, hospital, community mental health, university counseling and disability resource centers, inpatient, and private practice.

Therapeutic Approach 

My therapeutic approach is integrative, incorporating a largely psychodynamic and interpersonal approach with cognitive-behavioral therapies as appropriate based on the treatment needs of each client.  I have a great appreciation for the transformative power of authentic empathic attunement, and I strive to create a supportive space in which clients can face challenges and examine the most difficult aspects of human experience with courage and hope.  I also appreciate that multiple forces come together to make us who we are and influence the things we struggle with.  I treat each person with respect and compassion, and welcome individuals of all sexual, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.  It is an honor to support my clients in their own process of healing and self-discovery. 

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 Christian Larco, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist

Areas of Expertise

I am a Licensed Psychologist who provides psychological assessment and therapeutic services to adults and adolescents with a wide range of presenting concerns.  Some areas of particular expertise include:

  • Military Veterans and First Responders
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Life Transitions and Identity Exploration
  • Health Issues
  • Relationship Problems
  • Existential Issues
  • Independent Medical Evaluations
  • Evaluations for Aptitude, Personality, and Adult ADHD

I have extensive treatment experience  with active duty service members from all branches and am sensitive to concerns of receiving mental health care on base/post and fitness for duty concerns. I also have extensive training and experience treating PTSD utilizing evidence-based treatment protocols (EMDR, PE, CPT).

Education and Experience

Prior to earning my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Florida, I served honorably in the United States Navy for four years.  I earned my Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology. During my clinical training, I worked in a variety of settings to include: inpatient psychiatric facilities, private practice, school system, and correctional facilities. I also specialized in neuropsychological assessment, Social Security Disability evaluations, ADHD evaluations, and personality assessments.   

For my Pre-Doctoral Internship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, I was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy.  After internship, I worked at a Naval Health Clinic in Hawaii for three years, and then served as an embedded psychologist with the 7th Marines Regiment for over two years.  Since moving on from military service, I have worked in military contracting and VA healthcare.

Therapeutic Approach 

My therapeutic approach is integrative.  While I conceptualize from a psychodynamic framework, I often incorporate cognitive-behavioral therapies when indicated.  I work diligently to make therapy collaborative, and ensure that clients’ needs are met. I view the therapeutic relationship as integral to this process and to engaging in work that can at times be challenging.  I look forward to working with you.

 

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