About

Hi, I'm Rhanda. Welcome!

Helping others has been my passion since I was a child, as I always helped those who were sick and listened to others when they needed it. I truly do love people, animals, life and consider myself spiritual and a Christian. I take deep interest in overall health and wellness, and practical ways to incorporate these into my life. The mind and body are connected and both need to be addressed in order to obtain overall good health.

I have a history of working in the medical field, so I enjoy working with medical professionals. I also come from a family of first responders and am passionate about helping those who put their life on the line for our safety and freedom. From a young age, I was taught to respect all men and women in uniform and this has fueled my passion to this day.

My grandfather was a humble WWII veteran and was medically discharged due to physical injuries sustained in combat. My father was in the Army and National Guard, and my uncle is a retired firefighter. By recognizing the sacrifices they’ve made, it has inspired me to give back to the first responder community in my work. I feel honored to help this population.

Regardless of your profession and/or background, I hope that I can help you heal and decrease any primary issues or concerns you’d like to work on. My highest priority is your safety and comfort. I enjoy helping others learn more about themselves, while I guide and support them through life’s challenges. My hope is for you to heal and overcome any traumas or stressors you’re experiencing. Going to therapy takes courage and it can be intimidating to start with someone new. I’d love to assist you with your healing journey and advocate for you and your progress along the way.

I graduated with my Bachelors in Social Work in 2015. Through the Advanced Standing Program at University of Nevada, Reno I received my Masters in Social work where I graduated magna cum laude. I’ve been a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society since 2015. I’m committed to continuing my education with the most recent trainings and research to expand my knowledge and to provide the most up to date therapy approaches and modalities to my clients.

My Modalities include, but not limited to:

Brainspotting
Polyvagal Theory
Trauma Informed Care
Internal Family Systems
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Relational Psychotherapy
Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Therapy

Credentials

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of AZ

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Emergency Responder and Public Safety Certified Clinician

Master of Social Work from the University of Nevada, Reno; graduated magna cum laude

Bachelor of Social Work from Minot State University

Phi Alpha Honor Society

Trauma Trainings

Certified Clinical Trauma Therapist
Brainspotting
Emotionally Focused Therapy - Dr. Sue Johnson
Trauma Competency for the 21st Century - Dr. J. Eric Gentry, LMHC
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion- Dr. Kristen Neff
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Internal Family Systems - Richard Schwartz
Food and Mood: The Role of Nutrition and Diet in Emotional Well-Being
The Neuroscience of Attachment - William Morgan, MD, MA
Trauma and Inflammation - Leah N. Miller, MC, LPC
Intro to Healing with Trauma Informed Yoga - Lindsay Rothschild, LCSW, CCTP
Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Chronic Pain - Vanessa Ruiz, ND, RN-BSN

First Responder Trainings

Certified Emergency Responder and Public Safety Clinician (NERPSC)
Conducting Annual Wellness Visits for Law Enforcement Officers - Nancy Ryba Panza, PhD, ABPP
Working with Emergency Services and Public Safety Personnel - Jaime Brower, Psy.D., ABPP; Sgt. Michael Pitrusu; & Rhonda Kelly
Cultural Competency: Working with First Responders - Dara Rampersad, Ph.D., LPC, NCC - BluePaz, LLC
First Responder Health and Wellness - Amy Morgan, MSC, CFRC(D), CPSL-T(D), TECC-LEO, CEO & Founder, Academy Hour
Mental Health Needs of Law Enforcement - Brian Simmons