Meet Our Therapists


San Jose and Santa Clara, CA


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 …

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 …

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 or schedule with him directly online at Schedule an appointment today with our online …

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 or schedule with him directly online at Schedule an appointment today with our online …

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 …

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 …


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.

Carlos Aguila, MPH, LCSW, Clinical Director

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 …

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 …

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 …

Laura Silvester M.A., LMFT, 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 motivational..

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). Dr. Slayer has training in Ample Crisis Response and Critical Response specializing in Grief and Loss, PTSD, Anxiety, and mild to moderate depression.

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.

Maxine Wilborn, MS, APCC, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

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. 

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, …

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. …

Judith Stout

We all experience trauma in our lives, and sometimes severe life events and everyday stressors can leave us feeling stuck, depressed, anxious, and confused. As a therapist, I am here to work with you to go from just surviving to …

Kayla Williams, M.S., Registered Associate MFT

I believe therapy is a place to be heard, to make change, and to make progress towards living your best life. I provide individualized services for my clients, acknowledging their specific needs, helping them feel heard, and giving them tools for change and ...

Brian Thomason, M.S.(2), Registered Associate MFT

Wellness is the integration of physical and mental health.  With a background of experience and education in Clinical Psychology and Physiology, I focus on the big picture, striving to improve your overall wellness.  My areas of specialization include working with children,  ages 4-10, including ADHD ...

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 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 …

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.

Jade Truong, Neurofeedback Manager

Jade Truong is a dedicated Neurofeedback Technician at Nugent Family Counseling Center. She is currently accepting new clients in both of our Bay Area locations in San Jose and Santa Clara…

Lauren A. Miller, M.A., Registered Associate MFT

I believe that every person faces unique challenges and opportunities during their life journey. I understand that painful and difficult struggles can have a profound impact on our well-being. I also believe that each person can take steps towards growth and healing, in addition to finding joy and new meaning in their day-to-day life.

Ayako Yamazaki, M.A., Registered Associate PCC

I would like you to experience being seen, heard, and accepted. What are you passionate about? What do you feel most comfortable doing? I know from my personal experience that exploring what you love and genuinely desire often leads to healing and empowering yourself. I am supervised by a Licensed Therapist. My supervisor is Danielle Zent, LMFT #53522..

Matt Tapia, MA, BCBA, Registered Associate MFT

We all face challenges in our lives that can be overwhelming and painful. From my perspective, counseling is a collaborative journey that we embark on with the intent of discovering your strengths as well as finding tools to meet those challenges and overcome them...

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.

Bill McCabe, LMFT


Since 1997, Bill McCabe has worked as a therapist in private practice and non-profit settings. He works with couples, individuals, families, youth, children and parents to find different ways of relating to their struggles, working towards finding more satisfaction, gratitude and self-compassion.


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...

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.


Lacie McDermott, Registered Behavior Technician


I’m a Registered Behavior Technician (certification number is RBT-21-178279, supervised by a BCBA #1-18-3202). I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed in both a social and academic environment. If you or your child need help building those skills or just want the extra support along the way, I will be there for you. I have experience with children, teens, and adults with ASD, anxiety, and aggression.

Jennifer Avalos, Registered Associate Clinical Worker



Jennifer Avalos holds a MSW from USC, with specialization in working with military families. Her personal philosophy is to meet you where you are and then help in your personal journey. This process is guided by your own strengths and experience.
Supervised by Bill McCabe, LMFT 38768

Please email me at or call me at (669) 696-3677. Please provide your name, phone number, and a brief summary of your concern. My typical response time is within 24 hours.

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.

Going to therapy can be intimidating for many because it forces the person or people to admit to needing help. I recognize that struggle and meet each person with understanding and honesty. With me, a person will learn lifelong skills and tools that can be utilized in all aspects of their lives.

I am supervised by Tiffany Mockler, LMFT #90321.

Reno, NV


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 …

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. …

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.

Hayley Wright, M.S., LCPC

You know that feeling of “not good enough” that distracts you from living and keeps you feeling small? Maybe there’s a continuous thought or memory you can’t shake, and it causes you to struggle to feel like your best self? Perhaps you’re constantly striving to be perfect or live up to everyone else’s expectations, and you end up feeling depleted all the time?

Sophie Coudurier,
Clinical Secretary

Sophie Coudurier works as a clinical secretary at Nugent Family Counseling Center.

Kimberly Whitetree, Neurofeedback Technician

Kimberly is dedicated to supporting everyone on their path to good mental health.  She takes the time to make sure that clients are heard and comfortable.  As a neurofeedback technician, it is her goal to help all that she can. Kimberly is currently accepting Clients at our Reno Location, and can be reached at or (775) 525-0963. Please allow up to 24hrs for a reply.

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