SANDSTONE PSYCHOLOGICAL PRACTICE

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Christina 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 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
  • Substance Use/ Abuse

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 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 TV series on Netflix. 

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Janell M. Mihelic, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

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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.

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Linda M. Riesepow, Client Coordinator

Areas of Expertise

I am proud to be a member of the Sandstone Psychological Practice team as the Client Coordinator. In this position, I have a variety of responsibilities, some of which are:

  • Scheduling
  • Billing 
  • Client Relations
  • Eligibility & Benefits Information

My strongest traits are a warm and welcoming personality, interacting positively with a diverse population, strong attention to detail, a can-do attitude, as well as having twelve years of experience working in the mental health field. 

Personal Interests

Originally from Idaho, I have been a resident of the Las Vegas/ Henderson area for many years and am proud to call Henderson my home.

Spending time with family and friends is my greatest joy. Being active and volunteering in community programs that benefit and help others is, and has always been, a passion of mine. In my free time, I enjoy reading mystery novels, listening to my favorite singer/ song writers, and taking long walks in the forests of Flagstaff, AZ and Sandpoint, ID. 

Note to Clients

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I welcome the opportunity to be of help. 

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Mary Baggio, B.A., Pre-Doctoral Practicum Trainee

Areas of Expertise

I am a third-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.

 

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Nicholas Carfagno, M.A., Pre-Doctoral Practicum Trainee

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Currently, I am a Doctoral Practicum Intern at Sandstone Psychological Practice. Dr. Christina Aranda supervises my training while I provide psychological services to adults with a wide range of presenting problems. Some of my particular expertise and interest areas include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship Problems
  • Stress Management 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University California, Santa Cruz. While I did not initially plan to major in psychology, after only one class I found a passion for the subject and quickly declared my major. 

After graduating from Santa Cruz, I worked with children with Autism while saving money and applying to graduate school. I began studying at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the Fall of 2014. Since then I have worked with diverse populations at both The Practice at UNLV and Student Counseling and Psychological Services at UNLV. I obtained my Masters of Arts degree in the Spring of 2017 and I am continuing to study at UNLV to earn my Ph.D. 

THERAPEUTIC APPROACH

I use an integrative approach utilizing Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and mindfulness. I believe that every individual benefits from therapy uniquely tailored to them and never view treatment as one size fits all. Therapy is a collaborative experience that is built upon trust and respect. As a result, I always discuss treatment goals with clients to determine the best way to assist in achieving them. Most commonly, I aim to help clients gain a greater awareness of their thoughts and emotions to change how they interact with both.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

I was born in Los Angeles, California and lived there for 18 years. I moved to Santa Cruz, California to attend college; it was there I found a love for the ocean and the humbling experience one has from staring out at a seemingly endless body of water. During my free time I enjoy being with family and friends, catching-up on the latest super-hero themed TV show, and staying active in the sun (when the temperature isn’t 110 degrees). 

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Juliana Fioretti, B.A., Counseling Practicum Intern

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Areas of Expertise

Psychology has always been one of my greatest passions and I am thrilled to be part of the Sandstone Psychological Practice team as a MA Practicum Intern. I provide psychological services to adolescents and adults while being supervised by Dr. Janell Mihelic. My particular areas of interest include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship Problems
  • Life Transitions
  • Trauma Experiences

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

I earned my Specialized Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from York University in Canada and worked as a therapist with children with disorders of brain development and their families for several years. I have also volunteered in various mental health related settings. I am currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) Program at Yorkville University and have been working towards the completion of my Master’s degree. I am passionate about counseling and believe one should not feel alone when struggling to cope with daily problems, mental illness or developmental disabilities; my goal therefore is to assist clients through evidence-based practice and help them feel they are not alone.

THERAPEUTIC APPROACH

My therapeutic approach is integrative including a psychodynamic and client-centered approach as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I use a multicultural framework for learning about clients’ values, cultural background, and the circumstances that influence their lives. I see clients as experts on their own lives and utilize a collaborative approach where together we set treatment goals for making wanted changes. I work to create a warm and safe therapeutic environment as I believe that the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client is of utmost importance. Lastly, I tailor therapy to meet the needs of each unique client.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

I am originally from Brazil and lived in Toronto, Canada from 2001 to 2015. I have moved to Henderson, Nevada a year ago and have been enjoying the heat since then. Growing up in Brazil and living in Toronto, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, has provided me with incredible multicultural experience which I gladly bring into therapy. I greatly enjoy spending time with my family and traveling; getting to know new places and different cultures. 

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 Jonathan Hill, M.S., Pre-Doctoral Practicum Trainee

AREA OF EXPERTISE

I am near the end of my Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Walden University. I am passionate about providing a warm and inviting environment for my clients. I offer psychological services to adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting problems, and am being supervised by Dr. Christina Aranda. Some of my areas of interest include:

  • Anxiety/ Depression
  • Career Counseling
  • Grief and Loss
  • Relationship Problems
  • Adjustment to Life Transitions (including transition from Military to Civilian Life)
  • Trauma Experiences

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

After leaving the U.S. Army, I enrolled at UNLV as an Electrical Engineer major. It only took one semester for me to realize that I had a much greater desire to help people, than I did for math. That epiphany led me to earn a B.A. in Psychology from UNLV. I continued my education at Walden University, where I earned an M.S. in Applied Psychology and am currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.

THERAPEUTIC APPROACH 

My therapeutic approach is integrative, with a foundation in client-centered therapy. I integrate Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and elements of positive psychology. I have a core belief that the client has the ability to heal themselves, and they only need to be guided and offered the tools to do so. I also approach therapy from a multicultural perspective, knowing that each client experiences and expresses their cultural norms in a unique way.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

I am originally from Hayti, Missouri (Southeast).  I have lived in ten different states, and three countries. In my free time, I spend time with my family. We like playing games, throwing balls at the park, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, or swimming in the pool. I also enjoy reading, and playing golf and softball. My greatest stress reliever is playing guitar and piano; I’m not great at either, but it takes me to a happy place. After I graduate, I am going to visit the pyramids in Egypt.

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 Dorothy Parriott, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

AREA 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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