"I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health - that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul."  


 (The Message Tenth Anniversary Readers Edition, pg. 2232)


Dr. Yiota

and meet

Lola, my Service Dog

We are a work-in-progress, and it is our intent to have additional counseling professionals working with us in the near future. 



Yiota Matsukas, Ph.D. aka "Dr. Yio'-ta"

NV Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

NV Licensed Educational Counselor

National Certified Counselor (NCC)

& School Counselor (NCSC)


As a leading provider of mental health services in the Reno / Sparks area for 20 years, I take pride in offering the best services to my clients while acknowleging a person's world view on "life and love and other mysteries" (from Point of Grace).


Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois … and after having spent many years in Florida and a short stay in Denver, Colorado … I have been a Reno resident since 1986.


I did my internship in Marriage & Family Therapy at Washoe Medical Center Lifeskills In-patient / Out-patient Center, currently renamed Renown Regional Medical Center. I established my private practice upon full licensure and have maintained it since. After some unpredicted life dilemmas, I returned to the WCSD as a Professional Counselor which has provided a diverse experience in working with children and their families.


Regarding my education, I hold … 

  • A B.A. degree from Northeastern Illinois University with majors in Mental Retardation and Education
  • A M.Ed. degree from the University of South Florida in Educational Leadership
  • An Ed.S. degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in School Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy
  • A Ph.D. degree from Christian Bible College in Christian Counseling


My educational / training focuses have been in Systems, Solution Focused, and Narrative Therapies; Christian Counseling and Bio-and-Neurofeedback Training.


My  Perspectives

My purpose: Finding a balance between mental, emotional, and / or spiritual health and general wellness by challenging and changing habits and / or behaviors that ruin and destroy our overall happiness and well-being and that ultimately interfere with our personal relationship with God.


Each of us has a "treasure chest" of life experiences, knowledge, and if we are mature enough we have learned wisdom.  What's inside of and stored in the treasure chest? Let's search for any significance in it if such exists. Life is too short and precious to struggle even one day with unhappiness, indecision, and / or despair. There is a reason for all things good and bad in our lives even if we can't see it today; so let's work towards a life understanding, purpose, and meaning together.


I have always been both personally and professionally captivated by health and wellness topics and in my many years as a counselor / therapist, I have learned that there is truth to the thinking that mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and even financial health go hand-in-hand.  My passion is helping others find that big AH-HA moment when they connect those aspects of their lives together. 


My Services


What Services are Provided by Family Therapists? (AAMFT) 


Diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders

Individual child and adult psychotherapy

Couple, family, and group therapy

Treatment planning

Marriage and relationship counseling

Premarital education and marital enrichment

Life coaching




Counseling, Psychotherapy, or Coaching?

Counseling = Finding understanding and / or solutions for everyday life problems in an intellectual manner.

Psychotherapy = Refers to the treatment of mental and emotional disorders through the use of psychological techniques designed to encourage communication of conflicts and insights into problems with the goal being personality growth and / or behavior modification.

Coaching = Setting goals and working a plan for a specific outcome with accountability as a primary ingredient.

Biofeedback = Training to control physiological processes such as muscle tension, blood pressure, and / or heart rate to alleviate emotional responses to stress.


 And sometimes they intertwine!



What Disorders are Commonly Treated by Family Therapists? (AAMFT) 

Depression and other Affective Disorders

Childhood Behavioral and Emotional Disorders

Marital and Relationship Problems

Conduct Disorder and Delinquency

Substance Abuse


Domestic Violence

Severe Mental Illness

Physical Illness


My clinical interests lie in Mood Disorders, Body Image Disorders, some Personality Disorders, Women's Issues, and Insomnia.  I believe knowledge and understanding of oneself and any medical diagnosis (if there is one) is an invaluable source of power in surviving the complex world in which we live these days.  When you are ready to make some changes for the better in your life, CONTACT ME and we'll make an appointment to explore your possibilities TODAY! 


My Special Interests 


In the Book of Luke, we read that Mary was caring for Elizabeth, and later when Mary learned what the shepherds had been told about the birth of her own son ... "Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."  (Luke 2:19 NIV)  I've given Mary's behavioral examples much thought over the years, and I've observed isn't that what women are brought up to do ... nurture and ponder especially when life feels out of synch / balance / control and we can't pinpoint why.  Chances are that even if we do know why, many of us will ponder a topic to death anyway.  Sometimes we ponder because we think it's our job since no one else is tending to the task (of pondering).  Sometimes we ponder because we don't know what else to do when something needs to be done.  Sometimes women ponder to the point of unhealthy rumination while at other times women simply prefer to ponder than get a good night’s sleep ... go figure!


Mary pondered, I ponder, and I'll guess you ponder too!


This is why a specific area of interest lies in Women's Issues. Today women's lives in our society are challengingly complex regardless of the time or season of life a woman may be experiencing at the moment.  Emphasizing the "whole-person" approach, it is my hope to empower women to achieve a sense of balance and control over their lives while also listening to the inner voice that directs, advises, and counsels us all ... helping you to better understand your feelings and, if need be, changing your behavior." 




Some specific Women's Issues topics include and are not limited to:

      Developmental / Identity Tasks

Relationship Problems

Self-Esteem / Body Image 

Sexuality / Health Concerns

Social / Cultural Issues

The Challenge of Caretaking Roles


"We'll both be better women for having embraced the journey together." 




Family problems can develop in the best of families resulting in challenging, frustrating, and painful interactions among its members; and few if any families are exempt from this reality (mine included).  This is why working with families is a passion of mine.  From little irritations to buried resentments; or dramatic arguments to feelings of guilt; or disappointment and anger we did not even know we had ... our families often bring up the most intense emotions we experience in our lifetimes be it for better or for worse.  



Some specific Family Problems topics include and are not limited to:


Chronic Illness

Substance Misuse/Abuse

Separation, Divorce, or Blended Family Adjustments

Mental Health Concerns Including Abusive Behaviors

Child and Adolescent Behaviors and/or Academic Concerns


In a perfect world, resolving family problems requires the cooperation of everyone in the family.  This provides a great opportunity to strengthen family ties and interactions.  However, we do not live in a perfect world, and we know that both men and women can be strong instigators of any adjustments once they set their mind to doing so.  Let's brainstorm together what can be done to get a transformation going in your life regardless of whether you attend alone or with another family member.


"There's nothing that makes you more insane than family. 

Or more happy.  Or more exasperated.  Or more ... secure."

Jim Butcher







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