Sierra Counseling and Neurotherapy (SCN) stands as a leading mental health and substance abuse clinic, proudly recognized as a certified Specialty Behavioral Health Clinic under Medicaid. This certification enables us to provide essential services to adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families. Notably, our advanced Neurotherapy treatments are Medicaid-covered for both adults and children. Plus, we're affiliated with the majority of private insurance companies to ensure expansive care accessibility.
Nestled in Carson City, NV — the vibrant state capital cradled by the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains — which surround Lake Tahoe.
At SCN, our offerings span a broad spectrum — from traditional individual, family, and group counseling to cutting-edge neurotherapy. By providing this wide array of services, we empower our clients to either anchor themselves in time-tested therapeutic approaches or venture into innovative treatments rooted in modern neuroscience. Rest assured, our seasoned clinicians bring a wealth of expertise in addressing diverse mental disorders and guiding substance abuse treatments.
We are also deeply committed to a focus on building good mental health which involves more than treatment of disorders such as depression, bipolar illness, or anxiety. Good psychological functioning includes areas such as our ability to experience satisfaction in life, enjoy a pleasant night’s sleep, or to see ourselves and our identity in new and creative ways. Additionally, it may include adaptive coping in exceptional life adjustments such as preparation for major surgery, dealing with difficult medical treatment, transition into midlife or retirement, and development of stronger ability to resolve marital, relationship, or employment conflicts in a satisfactory manner.
The development of good mental health also includes maintenance of a healthy emotional life. Emotional resiliency and flexibility are useful traits at any life stage. They allow us to be comfortable with our feelings and their expression, help adolescent’s make a successful transition to school or from adolescence to adulthood, and add depth and richness to our lives at any stage. The ability to be proactive and creative on issues as diverse as parenting conflicts, blending children into a step family, or finding resourceful ways of providing family support for elderly parents are also a part of good mental health.
Counseling and psychotherapy are processes which enable a person to explore their life experience and find new ways of seeing themselves or thinking about their difficulties of today. Such processes are collaborations between clients and counselors which afford an opportunity to understand current problems in a way that opens solutions not immediately available without a new perspective.
Working with a counselor enables a person to place their problem within the broad context of the counselor’s experience and expertise, developing a perspective and resources that are not available from a family member or friend. As a result, new possibilities are created and a more effective and satisfying approach to life problems can become a reality.
Meet the Professionals
Our Dedicated Team of Expert Clinicians and Professionals.
William W. Jenkins
D.Ed. | Psychologist
Dr. Jenkins, a distinguished alumnus of Pennsylvania State University, served as the Director of Clinical Services for Nevada's Rural Mental Health System and has been an influential figure in both academia and private clinical practice. His vast experience also spans consulting roles and key positions on Nevada's therapeutic boards.Read More
M.A. | MFT | LCADC
Ms. Perrine received her Master’s degree in counseling and educational psychology, with distinction, from the University of Nevada, Reno and holds a dual licensing as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Josee has experience as a counselor and clinical supervisor, and is the recipient of a Senatorial Award for her work in mental health.Read More
Jerry M. Cinani
MS | LADC | BCN Fellow
A proud graduate of both the University of Nevada and University of Alberta, Mr. Cinani offers a remarkable 25 years devoted to the mental health sector, especially in the realm of biofeedback and Neurofeedback. His multifaceted roles span from leading roles in addiction treatment centers to achieving a coveted BCIA-EEG certification.Read More
MA | MFT | LADC
Ms. Warrell holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology, as well as a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and National Certified Counselor.Read More
Ms. Robbins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Union College in Lincoln, NE and a Master’s degree in Social Work from California State University at Chico. Holly has 17 years of experience in the mental health field. She has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, schools, hospitals, and private practice.Read More
Ms. Pellant graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in social work, and a minor in addiction treatment. She has worked in mental health for over 10 years and completed her internship for Clinical Social Work License in early 2020.Read More
Carolina was born and raised in Los Angeles, California but she has been calling the Northern Nevada area her home for about 10 years. Carolina is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse Addiction Services at the University of Nevada, Reno and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Touro University Worldwide.Read More
MA, CPC intern
Mrs. McColl received her Master’s degree in counseling and educational psychology from the University of Phoenix. She has been a school counselor in the Washoe County School District for the past 13 years. She recently became a Clinical Professional Counselor Intern.Read More
Mr. Mertz graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Organizational Psychology from Argosy University and obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. He has been in clinical practice at a local mental health agency since 2022 as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Intern.Read More
Ms. Lee is a passionate professional with over 10 years of experience in the medical field as well as customer service, computer sciences, scheduling and office management.Read More
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