Debbie and Gwen met 11 years ago while working for another agency. They bonded immediately while decorating their individual offices. In 2015 they began their own practice in order to provide in depth emotional support and long-term relationships with their clients. They have become close friends who have been through marriages of our children, the end of relationships, the loss of parents and even a mass shooting. We are both passionate about our work and strive to create an environment where our clients feel welcome, supported, and safe to walk through their own journeys and grow. We strive in all our interactions to be genuine, relatable, and optimistic about our hope for the future; empowering our clients to learn and grow.
You know the type of therapists they show on TV or in the movies? The therapists who only ask you, “how does that make you feel?” and only speak in dull voices that would make anyone fall asleep? I can assure you – I am definitely not that type of therapist!
I am personable, genuine, and laid-back. I’m known to those around me as the enthusiastic but warm personality that makes it easy to talk about anything, which makes me a pretty good fit to be a therapist.
I am no stranger to life transitions and the emotional ups and downs that often come with them. My early family life was characterized by the illnesses and eventual loss of my parents and sister. Being on my own at a young age has taught me resilience. I look at life as a journey with many opportunities to grow and deepen my connection with myself, others and the world. I believe that humans are basically good. We are motivated by the desire to form meaningful connections. Unfortunately along our journey we develop unhealthy behavior patterns that keep us from that connection.
My style is warm and depth-oriented. I think it is essential to offer a space where you can feel safe to be honest about what is happening in your life. Whether you’re dealing with relationship issues, anxiety, depression or struggling with a life transition, it is the relationship between you and me that leads to insight and healing. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my client’s individual needs to help him or her attain the personal growth and emotional well-being he or she is striving for. Together with each client I work to develop strengths and achieve life goals.
I love working with couples. Helping couples reclaim their relationships and rekindle feelings for each other is exciting and rewarding. I am currently a level 3 trained Gottman therapist and am working towards full certification. I am also able to assist in divorce transitions for couples and family. I am a certified co-parenting educator and a parent/child reunification specialist.
When I am not in the office I love spending time with my husband, children and friends. I enjoy Camping, fishing, music, cooking and gardening. A day isn’t complete without some music and dancing.
“Hard times require furious dancing.” – Alice Walker
Hello! My name is Gwen. I’m a Marriage and Family Therapist. I’m a daughter. I’m a sister. I’m a Mother. I’m a Mimi. Oh, and I’m a soon to be author of a children’s book I’ve been procrastinating for 2 years! How did I come by these labels? Here is my story.
I was born and raised in Reno, NV. My mother was a stay at home Mom.
My mother and father divorced when I was 4. My world suddenly upended when my “stay at home mom” went from stay at home to stay away at work! This part of my mother’s, story is hugely significant to me as I watched her go from a student at a business college to owning the business college in less than 2 decades She is my hero, my mentor, the one that told me I could accomplish anything.
My older sister, my adventure companion, and I were on a constant mission to explore every inch our “territory”.
(Looking back, I’m surprised we lived through half our shenanigans. My sister always said “you go first, I’ve got your back.” She was always there, and I knew it, adding to my bravery.
I have 2 beautiful adult daughters! We all survived the years between birth and “grown ups”. They are wonderful human beings and I would want to “hang out” with them even if I wasn’t their mother!
One week to the day after my mother passed, my beautiful grandson was born. He is the light of my life!
I BELIEVE IN ANGELS
Marriage and Family Therapist
Following in my mother’s footsteps, I embarked upon a new journey after my divorce. I decided to jump into full-time school at 40 years old. I was the oldest in my class and that was ok because I felt I added “life skills” to my resume! After graduation I worked at various agencies until I met my now business partner, Debbie Rasmussen and together we
Took a leap of faith and opened Balance Therapy Center, a thriving private practice that caters to Couples, Individuals and Families.
My inspiration and passion for this work not only comes from years of education and my fascination with the human psyche, but also from the many twists and turns, dark and light, heartache and joy that this journey called life has taught me. The path to healing is continuous and never-ending.
“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our own story is the bravest thing we will ever do.” – Brene Brown
Because they’re part of the Renewing Relationships family too!
Hi, I’m Zephyr and I am a therapy pup in training. I come to work most days and get to play with the people who come visit with my mom. I’m not sure what they are doing but they sure do talk a lot. Sometimes the people get upset when they are talking and that’s where I come in. I sit near their feet and look at them with my soulful brown eyes. That’s how I get them to pet me. My soft coat makes them feel comforted and sometimes I even give them some puppy kisses. I really love the kids that come in, they love to train me and give me treats. In the building I am one of the personal greeters, everyone loves me, and I love them. When I’m not working, I like hanging out in the yard at my house, chasing rabbits and checking out all the wildlife. My favorite things to do are to take walks with my humans, go camping and swimming. Hope I get to meet you soon!
HELLO MY NAME IS SIGMUND!
I’m a 13 year old Siberian Husky ( yes that’s right, 13…my Vet says I don’t look a day over 8!) Seeing how I work in a Therapy office one might think I’m named after another famous Sigmund, but I’m actually named after a crab fisherman with stunning blue eyes!
I was in obedience school for 2 years until I was deemed suitable to work with the public. However, I got most of my training in those early years from the school of hard knocks. Literally “hard knocks” as our first job was at an Equestrian Therapy Center. Those horses didn’t have patience for a young and rambunctious pup nipping at their heels. My Mom and I worked a few years with the kids and horses and then we began working in offices. Not as much fun, but being drawn on with colored markers by kids was less painful than horse kicks!
I’m great at confidentiality, I’m extremely sensitive, I’ve been told I’m a snappy dresser ( I have 78 scarves) and have been known to give hugs to the humans that need one.
I work for head pats and back rubs (oh and cheese if you have any extra on you)!