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Hi and welcome!  I am Dr. Rachel Capurro.  I was born and raised here in Reno, and attended The University of Nevada, Reno for my undergraduate degree.  After moving away to California for several years to get my masters and doctorate in clinical psychology, I found my way back to this wonderful community.  Reno has always been home to me, and it means so much to me to have the opportunity to embark on this new chapter of my career and to give back to this community.

Cliché as it may sound, I always knew that I wanted a career that would give me the chance to help others, but I was unsure of what avenue to take to make this dream a reality.  Then, for better or worse, life happened, and I had my own experience with unexpected, life-altering loss.  It certainly shook my world, and I eventually sought out therapy for myself.   I learned that healing was possible and decided that this was what I was meant to do.  I truly love this work and I am deeply invested in my clients and their lives - it is so much more than just a job to me.  


I tend to view therapy through the lens of us all being "fellow travelers," a term from world-renown psychiatrist, Irvin Yalom in his wonderful book, "The Gift of Therapy."  First, let me say, I have over ten years of clinical experience, and I have worked in a variety of clinical settings - ranging from community mental health, private practice, and college counseling centers to inpatient facilities in Compton and homeless transitional centers on Skid Row in Los Angeles.  I have extensive training that helps me feel confident that I can help you in coping with whatever challenges you're facing.  At the same time, I too have faced hardships, loss, struggles, and setbacks.  I some times feel lost or stuck or alone.  We are but "fellow travelers" - just trying to make our way through this strange, confusing, and sometimes painful existence.  We all want to feel loved, valued, and appreciated - like we have intimate connections with others and have some sense of meaning or purpose.  We want to be seen, heard, and understood, and to feel like we are not alone.  I pride myself in my ability to create a safe, supportive, non-judgmental space where you can experience these things.  I believe that for many of the biggest issues we struggle with in this life - loss, loneliness, self-doubt, change, meaninglessness - there is no cure, and there are no "quick-fixes."  But, there can be healing.  That healing starts with having someone there to carry the weight with you - someone to sit with you in the pain, the discomfort, and the helplessness.  I am that person. We will find a way through the darkness together.  You do not have to do it alone.     

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