Therapists2021-04-11T14:01:15-04:00

Healthy Minds’ Therapists

Healthy Minds is a team of highly qualified clinicians with varying educational and licensing backgrounds, including Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists and Licensed Interns.  Our clinicians have diverse professional backgrounds, with varying trained specialties, and to better serve the population of clients who have been exposed to trauma, they are all formally trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Meet Healthy Minds’ therapists below:

Melissa Paller, LCSWClinical Director
Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in health and human services for twenty-five years. She attended Boise State University, earning her degrees in Criminal Justice and Social Work. After receiving her degree in Criminal Justice, she became a Detention Diversion Coordinator, and later a Juvenile Probation Officer, where she served youth who were involved in the juvenile justice system. Upon receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work, she began her career in the mental health field, working with children, adolescents, adults and families diagnosed with severe emotional disturbances and mental illnesses. She later became the owner and director of an outpatient, mental health treatment facility that provided community-based, therapeutic, and psychiatric treatment for individuals and families.

As an International Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, she was also the Clinical Director of treatment services for Drug Court, treating individuals with substance use disorder.

After a decade of proprietorship, she relocated to Las Vegas, where she became the Clinical Director of an inpatient psychiatric hospital. She has extensive inpatient and outpatient experience as a clinician, and specializes in the treatment of trauma and self-injurious behaviors in adolescents. Currently, she is the Clinical Director at Healthy Minds, where she oversees programming and treatment services for children and adolescents in foster care, along with individuals and families in need of mental health care. She is approved as a Clinical Supervisor for the Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers and is an adjunct professor at the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine.

Laura Brown, LCSW
Laura Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Laura graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She then moved to Las Vegas to pursue her Master’s Degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for Social Work with an emphasis in Direct Clinical Practice. Laura has been a social worker since 2012 and recently completed her LCSW requirements in December, 2014. Laura has experience providing services to children, adolescents, adults, groups and families diagnosed with severe mental illnesses such as depression, trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, grief and loss, and other life challenges. Understanding that no single approach may work for everyone, Laura utilizes a range of modalities to address the specific needs of each client. Outside of work, Laura enjoys baking, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends.
Rebecca Nemecek, LMFT, M.S., CADC-Intern
Rebecca is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor Intern in the state of Nevada. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Illinois State University and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Rebecca is published in The American Journal of Family Therapy and the Feminist Journal of Family Therapy, with articles addressing counseling clients who are unemployed and therapeutic interventions. Rebecca has experience working with individuals, couples, and families, including those in the foster care and prison systems. Her primary areas of clinical focus are life cycle transitions, anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, couple and family conflict, parenting, behavioral modification, grief/loss, and anger management.
Stephanie Hangen, M.S., Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2014 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She immediately enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and graduated in December 2016. As a student she completed her student internship at the Center for Individual, Couple, and Family Counseling as well as at Healthy Minds. She has a passion for working with children and enjoys utilizing Nondirective Play Therapy with her clients. She was also a graduate assistant and now project assistant for a SAMHSA funded grant out of the Lincy Institute at UNLV, training providers to screen using SBIRT for substance use and abuse. Stephanie plans to pursue dual licensure as an LMFT and LADC. She is currently an intern of Marriage and Family Therapy in the state of Nevada. Stephanie has experience in working with individuals, couples, and families. Her areas of interest include child and family conflict, childhood trauma and abuse, depression, behavior modification, parenting work, and ADHD. Stephanie is a current AAMFT member and an alumni Delta Kappa Zeta (MFT) member. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her dog, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends.
Adrian Castaneda, LCSW

Adrian has been independently licensed for three years, combined with his internship time, has been practicing for nearly 6 years. He has worked with children in DFS and Foster care, Cancer survivors and chronically ill clients of all ages. He has also worked with client’s with diagnosis ranging from depression and PTSD to personality disorders, with a focus on client needs and environmental factors. Adrian also has experience working with active duty military who are being medically retired from the military due to combat related mental health struggles.

Suzen James, ACSW, LCSWAssistant Clinical Director
Suzen is a licensed clinical social workover who has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Lock Haven University and her Masters of Social Work from Arizona State University.

Suzen has a diverse background beginning her career working as a juvenile probation officer and later as an inpatient psychiatric social worker at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Additional experiences included Clinical Director for Presbyterian Healthcare Behavioral Health inpatient/outpatient programs in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Behavior Specialist for Rio Rancho Public Schools, Clinical Supervisor for an Albuquerque-based treatment foster care agency and Assistant Professor of Social Work- Master Program clinical track- for New Mexico Highlands University.

Therapeutic practice is guided by psychodynamic, attachment and CBT theoretical models. Suzen utilizes a strengths-based perspective and collaborative approach in her practice. She promotes client advocacy, self-acceptance/compassion and mindfulness. Understanding clients’ culture, values, systems in which they function are a treatment focus as is assisting clients with enhancing and developing skills to help them obtain a higher level of fulfillment.

Malia Murphy, LMSWAdmissions Coordinator

Malia is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Idaho. Malia obtained her state license immediately following the completion of her Masters of Social Work degree with a minor in Addiction Studies from Boise State University in 2014. Following some work utilizing her license she had the pleasure of furthering her experience clinically and administratively at a substance use disorder program before returning home to Idaho. Her recent experience includes working with adults of both genders struggling with both mental health and substance use disorders and their families. Throughout her time at the intensive outpatient substance abuse program, she was given the opportunity to supervise a team of five admission coordinators in providing intake and admission for potential clients and following their financial eligibility throughout their stay. Prior to working at an intensive outpatient substance abuse program, she had the opportunity to work with various populations to include, children, teens, and adults. Some of that experience was working with families with youth in the foster care system. In addition to her work in outpatient mental health therapy, she worked with Veterans who had a variety of military experiences as well as a variety of demographic diversity (including homelessness) and mental health diagnosis to provide a unique and personalized treatment modality for everyone. She has experience working with troubled youth in the juvenile justice system and their families, adolescents and adults with substance use disorders, and preventative care with children and adolescents within schools and the community.

Vincent Delucia, LCSW
Vincent Delucia began his career in the social service field as a Mental Health Technician at an inpatient psychiatric facility where he cared for adolescents with a multitude of mental health disorders. He worked primarily with acute disorders in this setting for nearly 6 years upon graduating with his Bachelor of Social Work. As a graduate level student, while obtaining his Master of Social Work, he worked with homeless individuals to help them obtain housing, jobs, and other resources. In addition, he worked with clients in an outpatient setting for the final year of his graduate education, where he primarily treated individuals with trauma, ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, impulse control, and disruptive disorders. Vincent graduated from UNLV in 2018 with his Master of Social Work and is currently a LCSW at Healthy Minds.

Brittany Polk, LMFT, LCADC-Intern
Brittany is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. She graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2015 and continued on to receive her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at UNLV as well. Brittany is published in the Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy, with articles addressing Child Sexual Abuse in Couple and Family Therapy. She has a background in research, clinical, and teaching. Brittany has experience working with individuals, couples, and families of all kinds. She has closely worked with children and teenagers for the past year. Brittany enjoys working with trauma and grief, but is willing to help anyone who comes her way. Brittany is currently a member of AAMFT and a UNLV alumni of Delta Kappa Zeta (MFT) member. When she has free time, she enjoys cuddling with her pups and spending time with family and friends.
Ycechie Fields, LCSW
Yceychie studied and earned degrees in Early Childhood Education (A.A.), Psychology (B.A.), and Social Work (MSW). Yceychie has extensive experience working with families and youth in crisis in various capacities. She began her career working as Shelter Counselor for San Joaquin County’s Children Shelter, later moved on to San Joaquin County Child Abuse Prevention Council where she worked as a Programs Manager for the only Respite/Crisis Childcare Center within San Joaquin County, then to San Joaquin County Human Services Agency where she worked as a Family Reunification Social Worker for CPS, and later she worked as the Programs Manager for Southern Nevada Children First where she oversaw various housing programs for homeless youth and their children. It was at this time that Yceychie decided to shift her focus to more of a clinical function. September of 2016, she began working as a therapist intern. Over the course of her time as a therapist she has work with a wide range of populations including but not limited to youth in foster care; homeless, pregnant, and parenting youth and young adults; transgender; families with children experiencing behavioral issues; and individuals experiencing trauma, psychosis, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, and grief and loss. Other passions that Yceychie has include spending time with family and friends, listening to music, enjoying nature, and getting lost in her artwork.
Triston Krysztof, LMFT
Triston Krysztof is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology back in 2010 and her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy in the year 2015, at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During her master’s program she was appointed as Executive Vice President of the National Honor Society for Marriage and Family Therapy, Delta Kappa Zeta for two years. After graduating summa cum laude she went on to pursue her externship in private practice, dealing with a multitude of issues such as: anxiety conditions, depression, PTSD, grief and loss, anger management, sexual abuse and marriage counseling. Her area of focus is working with both adults and child survivors of sexual abuse. Alongside with running her private practice, Triston provided psychotherapy and case management work for an agency that primarily worked with the under-privileged, low socioeconomic population in Las Vegas for two years. Triston operates primarily from a narrative, strengths based approach to therapy, where she works diligently to empower her clients to find the balance and support needed for growth. Triston enjoys dancing, cooking and being goofy in her spare time!
Jared Schwab, LCPC
Jared is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Nevada. He has an MS degree in Guidance & Counseling, Agency Track, from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. After receiving a degree in 2006, Jared began his days as a therapist in Southwest Wyoming, meeting with adults, children, and persons with substances use disorders. Throughout his time in The Cowboy State, he also co-facilitated a grief support group at Hospice, met with persons with mental and physical disabilities as a group therapist, and provided therapy for incarcerated persons.

Jared is excited to be licensed and practicing in The Silver State. He newly began his position at Healthy Minds at the beginning of the year 2021. Existential therapy is a treasure for Mr. Schwab, as he likes to be able to facilitate a dialogue when people are searching for their purpose in life via the not so ordinary happenings of daily life.

Kathleen Weigand, LMFT, LCADC
Kathleen graduated with her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2010 from California Lutheran University. She began practicing in California working with individuals suffering with mental health and substance abuse issues. She became passionate about working to help people realize their full potential and worked as the intensive outpatient program coordinator for co-occurring disorders and continued to do individual as well as couples therapy. She then moved to Las Vegas serving as the Clinical Director for an adolescent outpatient substance abuse program in Las Vegas and was contracted with Clark County in getting youth involved in early intervention services. Her husband’s job then moved them to Idaho where she was licensed as an Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor and worked for a non-profit, Medication Assisted Treatment program before moving back to Nevada. She moved back to Nevada and worked as the Clinical Supervisor for West Hills Hospital. She most recently worked doing private practice working with individuals and couples. It is there she realized her passion and desire to work for those in the community struggling with addiction and mental illness. She believes each client’s journey to wellness or recovery is individualized and pulls from many different schools of thought including CBT, DBT, Solution-Focused, Gestalt and Psychodrama.

Joseph Javier, CPC Intern
Joseph Javier is a CPC intern who graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and Grand Canyon University with a master’s in professional counseling. His interest in psychology and mental health stemmed from his experience as a personal trainer. He noticed the prevalence of anxiety and depression amongst clients during screenings and decided to pursue his graduate degree to improve another dimension of wellness. Towards the end of his schooling, he spent a year at Healthy Minds where he learned to treat individuals with varying mental health disorders. It ended up being a challenging yet positive experience, so he felt like it was a place where he can continue developing his professional identity upon graduation. On his spare time, he enjoys taking wildlife photos, spending time with family, and playing Magic: The Gathering with friends.