Meet Our Therapists


 

San Jose, Santa Clara, and Los Gatos, CA

 

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Geoff Nugent, Ph.D., LMFT, LPCC, BCPC, CSPC, CFRC

I believe that every person who sits down for counseling with me deserves therapy that is as special and unique as they are. I know how important it is for you to feel like you are being heard and understood …

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Laura Silvester M.A., LMFT #114052, C-DBT, Clinical Director of School Services

Life presents a multitude of challenges to our capacity to remain grounded and balanced. Additional support can help through stressful and uncertain times. Through the process of therapeutic work, self-discovery can occur in a supportive and...

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Maxine Wilborn, Ph.D.(c) MS, APCC #8301, Interim Clinical Director of Private Practice

At times everyone needs help coping with life events. As an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, I enjoy providing individuals, couples and families with skills they can readily use for current and future life events...

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Brittany Bayles, MA, LMFT

A healthy relationship with others and ourselves are key components to a fulfilling life. I believe everyone is equipped with the tools they need to become their best self. As a therapist, I like to create a safe and supportive &hellip

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Carlos Aguila, MPH, LCSW

In my life, I’ve seen many people with a broad spectrum of challenges. I’ve also seen that hope and relief are possible. I offer a unique perspective in getting you that help. I enjoy …

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Tiffany Mockler M.S., LMFT

When you sit down with me my you can expect a friendly, genuine, and engaging therapy session. I choose to focus on my client’s strengths, resources, and what they are doing right in their lives. This way we can develop …

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Dr. Ken Wulff, M.D.

Dr. Ken Wulff practices Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. For more information or for scheduling please call our main number at 408-341-9222 or email us at Admin@nugenttherapy.com or schedule with him directly online at Schedule an appointment today with our online …

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Dr. Sameera Khan, M.D.

Dr. Sameera Khan practices Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. For more information or for scheduling please call our main number at 408-341-9222 or email us at Admin@nugenttherapy.com or schedule with him directly online at Schedule an appointment today with our online …

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Dr. Carlos Barrios, M.D.

As a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, I work with the parents and their child simultaneously and holistically. That means, that medications …

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Dr. Kamal Pathak, M.D.

Dr. Kamal Pathak, MD completed his undergraduate and graduate work at George Washington & Georgetown University, respectively.

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Kyla Ivey-Forsyth, M.A., LMFT

I respect the courage and vulnerability it takes to reach out for support, to explore your wounds and to embrace the challenges of your life. I am honored to be a part of your journey and consider it a privilege …

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Sam Oeur, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

I have over a decade of mental health experience with clients throughout the lifespan and continue to pursue evidence-based standard of practice to provide safe and compassionate support.

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Maria Medvedev, M.S., LMFT

 Maria Medvedev is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #112590. She received her Master’s degree from John F. Kennedy University in Counseling Psychology. Maria works with a variety of client populations including children, adolescents, adults …

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Elinor Slayer M.S., LMFT

Elinor Slayer has a Master's of Science in Psychology from Cal Poly SLO. Works currently with Hospice training volunteers for inpatient hospice. She has certification for EMDR. She also has advanced training in Collaborative Problem Solving (working with difficult situations). She specializes in Grief and Loss, PTSD, Anxiety, and mild to moderate depression.

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Stacey Pinneke, M.A., Registered Associate MFT, and Registered Associate PCC, NCC

Therapy can shift our life-lens and give us perspective. It validates our humanity. It can help us find, understand and maintain our authentic self as well as learn how we communicate and engage with others. Therapy creates a space for empathy, connection and clarity.

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Eileen Ma, M.A., LMFT

Anyone who takes the courageous first steps to therapy possesses the innate strengths and abilities to thrive, but there are times when all the stressors in life can become overwhelming and cause a paralyzing feeling of being stuck. In therapy, …

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Rachel Connett, Ph.D., (Health Sciences) MSc., MA., LMFT

Rachel's passion is to meet each client where they are in their life struggle, self, relationships, work, career, and guide them through the process of self-actualization to achieve independence so that they can return to their full functioning. …

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Kayla Williams, M.S., LMFT

Whether you are looking to ease anxieties and worries, searching for meaning in your life, seeking better ways to connect with loved ones and friends, or needing an empathetic other who can listen to and challenge you; I am committed to your growth as a person...

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Jennifer Sandland, M.A., Registered Associate MFT, and Registered Associate PCC

I am supervised by a Licensed Therapist. My supervisor is Tiffany Mockler, LMFT #90321. Information Pending Please email me at Jsandland@nugenttherapy.com or call (650) 318-9823. Please provide your name, phone number, and a brief description of your concern or issues and how I may be of service to you. My typical response time …

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Courtney Strand, Neurofeedback Lead Technician/ Administrative Assistant

When clients step inside the office, Courtney wants them to feel comfortable and assured that their needs can be voiced and their goals can be achieved. She strives to make long-lasting connections with clients and the treatment an enjoyable experience.

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Samantha Gamez, Neurofeedback Technician

As a Neurofeedback Technician at Nugent Family Counseling, Sami is motivated to create a positive and welcoming environment for clients. She wants to ensure that clients receive the best care possible, feel comfortable, and understood.

 
 
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Traci Smith, M.A., LMFT, and Registered Associate PCC

I’m so glad you’re here. I imagine it wasn’t easy to take that first step — to consider asking for support, particularly in a world where many isms, biases, and stigma exist. This is a sign of strength and desire for growth, and I’d be honored to work with you on this path before you.

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James Geri, M.S., Registered Associate MFT

I seek to provide my clients with a trusting and secure environment in which they can find personal healing and growth, and explore their life in altogether new ways. My approach centers on culturally relevant, relational, and evidence-based practices.

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Van Phan, M.A., Registered Associate MFT

 

I am an Associate Family and Marriage Therapist (Cert. No. 343463) and have a focus on working with adults, children, and families towards a fruitful lifestyle. Some therapeutic models that I engage in consist of CBT, EFT, parts work, Narrative Therapy...

 

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Silvia Cruz, M.S., Registered Associate MFT

 

I am dedicated to working with individuals throughout the life span who seek to address stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, suicidal thoughts...

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Chris Claytor, PhD, NCC, Registered Asssociate PCC

 

We all desire to be loved and to belong. Feelings of shame and worthlessness can interfere with this need. The choices that we make, that once worked, can sometimes become stagnant. I will guide you back to a life worth living.

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Holland Pauselius, M.S, Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

I am an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #7666 and received my M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2019. I have been working in the mental health field since 2017. In that time, I have worked with at-risk youth, trauma, substance use disorders, and adults.

 

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  Tyler Robinson, Registered Behavior Technician

 

I am a Registered Behavior Technician (certification number is RBT-21-178301 supervised by BCBA #1-18-3202), and I believe in helping clients achieve their goals to succeed in social and academic environments.

 

 

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  Ruby Roldan, M.A., Registered Associate MFT

 

My approach to therapy developed from my personal experiences navigating and seeking a healthy connection and balance between my mind, body, and spirit. I know what it is to face challenges and heal from eating disorders, self-image issues, and anxiety, which have allowed me to connect and deepen my understanding of my client's experiences.

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Eric Edler, M.S., Registered Associate PCC

 

Hope all is well with you! My name is Eric Elder and I am an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor recently graduated with my Master of Science in Professional Counseling.

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  Angelina David, Administrative Assistant

 

As an Administrative Assistant, my attention to detail and time management skills allow me to complete tasks effectively and assist our client's needs to the best ability. I have a calm and patient demeanor allowing me to work and focus on the task at hand.

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  Samuel Gomez, M.S., BCBA

I was born and raised in the bay area, I was first exposed to ABA while attending San Jose State University where I was inspired to pursue a career in the field. Since then, I have obtained my masters degree in ABA along with my BCBA certification. I started my...

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  Karina Castellanos-Hudgins, M.A., Registered Associate MFT

Services offered in English & Spanish. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” Considering therapy is a brave step, and I admire your courage. I am honored to join...

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Garysha Youngblood, AMFT

Inner work is hard but you don't have to do it alone. I approach therapy as a companion, venturing with you on your journey in wellness. Our work together is person centered, built on mutual respect and trust. Some communities that I have worked with...

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Cathi (Catherine) Apilado-Fritzlan, MS, APCC 

My name is Cathi, and I am an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #10689 and received my M.S. Professional Counseling with Emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy in 2019. My minor is in Counseling with Emphasis in Chemical Dependency, Substance Use...

 

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Rebecca Smith, LCSW #70061

I believe we all have a strong force within us that is working hard to bring us to our greatest potential. Many of us find ourselves in a cycle of self-defeating thoughts, attitudes or behaviors, and may learn that the power of human connection through ...

 

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Michelle Jang, Registered Associate MFT 

Michelle Jang is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #116116 under the supervision of Brian Huff, LMFT #38756. She received her Master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University. Michelle works with various clients, including children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples, and families.

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James Davis, Registered Behavior Technician

Hi! My name is James Davis, RBT-22-214788. I believe it is important that those with autism, or who are simply neurodivergent, receive the same level of education and developmental care as everyone else.


Reno, NV

 

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Geoff Nugent, Ph.D., LMFT, LPCC, BCPC, CSPC, CFRC

I believe that every person who sits down for counseling with me deserves therapy that is as special and unique as they are. I know how important it is for you to feel like you are being heard and understood …

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Jayson Weir, Board-Certified Internal Medicine Physician

Jayson is dedicated to how behavioral change can be linked with up to date medical management to manage many disease processes.

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Nathan Valentine, Neurofeedback Technician

I am committed to Nugent Family Counseling Center and Neurofeedback, and making sure clients feel informed and heard within their treatment. …

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Kelly Harlin, M.S., Clinical Professional Counselor Intern

No matter what has happened to you, or how distressed you may be feeling right now, there is hope. Getting support is key because we ALL need it right now. Together, we will co-create a plan to help you gain awareness, build courage for change, and infuse your life with purpose and joy.

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Robin Rife, MA, MFTi # MI4101

I truly love human beings and have always been passionate about the study of human behavior. I want to know why we do the things we do. It’s been my life’s work to relate to and help others understand themselves and their values so each can live more...

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Brian Huff, LMFT #38756

While the focus of psychotherapy is often on current issues, understanding the influence of past experiences and relationships is an important part of the therapeutic process. My perspective is that every individual has a purpose and a mission, yet sometimes we need objectively and professionally guided examination in rediscovering that...

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