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 Silver State Counseling and Therapy owners Ryan and Katie met and worked together in the mental health field since 2009. After gaining knowledge and experience at different agencies in town they decided to open their own practice and Silver State Counseling and Therapy was established in 2015 here in Reno, Nevada. Since then we have worked on growing our team, check out our providers below.


Ryan Clifford is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with individuals, couples, and families of all ages. In 2013 he graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with his Masters degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology. He began working in the mental health field in 2009 after earning his Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2008. He has experience working with a broad spectrum of clients and mental health issues. Ryan’s current treatment passions are delivering effective care to those with trauma histories. This ranges from patients that have experienced a single disturbing incident to those that have suffered multiple traumatic incidents resulting in complex trauma. Ryan has been furthering his ability to treat trauma effectively by becoming level I and level II trained in Eye Movement desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He will be completing the training required to become fully certified in EMDR by the EMDR institute in early 2019. Ryan’s other areas of specialties are anxiety, depression, anger, and interpersonal issues.



Katie Clifford is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents. She graduated from University of Nevada, Reno with her Masters degree in 2014. Since then she has been working with clients of all backgrounds. In her free time Katie enjoys hiking the beautiful areas surrounding Reno. 



Elizabeth Tamietti is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents.  She has been in practice since 2014. She specializes in LGBT issues and offers a monthly support for transgender individuals, allies, and loved ones. 



   Joanna Bienko-Czerniski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker: My services include psychotherapy with adults and adolescents. I really enjoy working with teachers, artists, healthcare providers, college students and other psychotherapists in training. I aim to offer the possibility of a life long change. My 15 years of training includes evidence based psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy and is informed by object relations and attachment theory. My theoretical approach helped me provide individualized and in depth assessment and treatment with focus on a life-long change within the bounds of a strong therapeutic relationship between a client and a psychotherapist.I think that an effective therapist is one that invest in their own education and training. I hold a degree from Smith College School for Social work, and I am currently a Fellow at the International Psychotherapy Institute in Bethesda, MD. What differs me from other mental health professionals is my ability to help people feel deeply understood.









Laurie Crom is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Nationally Certified Counselor. She works with children, teens, families, couples, parents, and individuals. Laurie graduated with her Masters Degree from the University Nevada, Reno in Counseling and Educational Psychology in 1993. She has more than 18 years of experience working directly with children and families as a school counselor for the Washoe County School District. Laurie enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.




Kassie Ugalde is a Certified Professional Counselor and National Professional Counselor working with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. She has worked in the mental health field since 2007. She graduated with her Master's degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013. Since, Kassie has worked with a wide variety of client backgrounds and mental health issues, specializing in trauma and anxiety. She also has experience treating active duty military and veterans.



Brandi Finch is the Office Manager with Silver State Counseling and Therapy. She works extensively with the Clinical Director and providers on insurance, clerical, and client matters.

Brandi recently moved to Reno from a small town in Wyoming where she was born and raised. She went to college at Western Wyoming Community College where she received an associate degree in General Science with a focus in Psychology in 2015. While in the middle of continuing her education, she was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer and forced to put school on hold. After treatment and persistence, she will be ecstatically returning to school in the Spring of 2020 at the University of Nevada, Reno to pursue her passion in Environmental Studies with goals of positively changing the state of the environment.

Although she has changed her educational goals; Brandi still strongly believes in the importance of mental health and loves being apart of the outstanding team at Silver State Counseling.  



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