B.S in Psychology from the University of Laverne
M.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University
I have worked as a direct care staff for Bokencamp, a residential treatment facility for
adolescents in Texas.
I have worked as cottage supervisor for Casa Pacifica, a residential treatment facility for
adolescents, in California.
I have provided mental health case management for Sunrise Services in Washington
I have been a military spouse for 21 years which has afforded me the opportunity to live in five
states and Europe . My husband and I have two children. We have just arrived to Reno following a
three year overseas tour. I love traveling, reading, and spending time with family.
Asking for help during a time where you may feel lost, unlike yourself, experiencing difficulties, coping with a loss, or needing someone to talk to is not easy. I understand being vulnerable and talking about the difficult things in your life takes a lot of strength and may be scary. My goal is to create a space where you can explore your feelings, thoughts, and experiences, freely as we work toward your goals.
I work with individuals, couples, and families using a family systems approach. I believe it is important to explore one’s relationships, both past, and present. Your relationships are essential as they have affected your life experiences and challenges. Therapy is a difficult process, and I commit to doing my best to help you during this personal journey towards creating a healthier and happier life.
Sierra Smith, CADC, LSW, CSW-Intern, arrived in Northern Nevada in 1999, grew up in Battle Mountain and found her way to Elko where she received her Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2015 and her Master’s in Social Work in 2017, both from the University of Nevada Reno. Sierra has specialized in the field of substance abuse counseling since 2014 and received her certification as Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor in 2018. Sierra is a vital member of a team that collaborates with the judicial system to help rehabilitate individuals whose alcohol and substance use has brought them to the attention of the Court. Prior to beginning her career in social work Sierra was employed by a local mining company and has experience with the mining lifestyle and how the mining culture of rural Nevada communities affects families and individuals. Sierra’s focus is on meeting the client where they are and implementing evidenced based treatment to help them find their way to where they want to be.Sierra recognizes people are the experts when it comes to their own lives. In her spare time Sierra can be found spending time with her children and enjoying the outdoors. She enjoys hunting, fishing, horseback riding and playing with her four-legged friends.