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  • Your genuine listening ear & sounding board,
  • a facilitator of growth, ease, & vitality
  • a laugh maker, and
  • a companion on your journey.

With this website, I want you to get a sense of who I am as a person and as a clinical psychologist.

I want you to know that when you call me, you’re calling someone who is experienced, trustworthy, personable, and irreverently playful (as appropriate, of course).

What It’s Like When
We’re Together

When you need to disclose what’s most vulnerable and sacred, you need more than a polite, pleasant robot that nods and then offers obvious or impossible recommendations.  You need someone who gets it.  Gets you.  Someone who has been all across the spectrum of “put together” and has hard-earned doctoral training and personal experience to inform the types of feedback provided.

In our meetings, I want you to feel like you can pour your heart out to a real person – a trusted confidant who has perspective, solutions, and hope that things, and you, really can be different and better.  You can show me your photos and videos, text me memes that you resonate with, and talk about the binge-worthy shows in your life right now.  More often than not, you’ll find me sitting with one leg propped up or dangling over the edge of my chair as I listen and respond – therapy should be comfortable and natural.  I’ll be genuinely me so you feel safe being authentically you.

Find Your Way Through Grief
with This Guided Workbook

Grief and loss come in many different forms, and everyone experiences them in their own way. Learn how to heal with the Navigating Grief Workbook. Inside you’ll find evidence-based exercises and tools to help you work through your feelings and recover at your own pace. Written by a licensed psychologist, this workbook teaches you how to come to terms with your sadness, achieve greater peace and acceptance, and find hope for the future.

  • What does it mean to grieve?—Untangle the layers and complexities of the grieving process with explanations that are honest and easy to understand.
  • You’re not alone—Discover stories about other people who are coping with grief and see how the strategies in this workbook helped them.
  • Continue your healing journey—Use this workbook on its own, or find even more support with its companion: Navigating Grief: A Guided Journal.

Let this workbook guide you through grief with compassionate wisdom that reminds you you’re not alone.

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About Me

I adore good food, exploring the outdoors and new cities, working out at the gym, and exceptional writing in all its forms. What I love more than those things, however, is listening to others share their life stories and facilitating greater well-being. It’s why I was drawn to psychology in the first place – I am fascinated by the human condition and amazed at what we can endure, how we protect ourselves, and what we can overcome.

I’ve been through some significant unanticipated transitions and heartbreaking losses that both transformed me and informed my work. By watching and listening to people throughout my life, and in light of my own experiences, it became clear that most of us function each day under the weights of pain, fear, and grief.  Yet much of that burden is relieved when we finally realize that we are already “enough.”  That all our parts, from the convenient to the undesirable ones, are on our team and working for our good.  We are worthy of love, rest, and good things even with our wounds, baggage, big feelings, and perceptions of falling short of our own ideal.

To help people live with greater ease, connect with their inherent goodness, carry more hope, and feel more fulfilled, I became a licensed clinical psychologist and worked in various mental health capacities for over 15 years. My experience includes individual, couples, and family counseling for grief & bereavement, peak performance, substance abuse, severe mental illness, dementia, university campus, and community behavioral health.  In addition to a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, I obtained special certifications in grief:

Through all the schooling and direct experience, I learned (and continue to discover) so many incredible things that really help people navigate the trials of overwhelm, grief, and transition – to make a difference in the way people feel in their own skin and in their lives.  For more about my approach to therapy, click here.

Dr. Darbonne is a Good Fit for Me!

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Licensed in Multiple States

Psychologists must be licensed in the state where you are physically present in order to provide therapy.  As a result, I am working to license in as many states as possible so that I’m available for those seeking high end and highly qualified counseling options.  This also increases the convenience of, and access to, continued care when you travel.  To see if you live in a state where I am licensed to provide care, click here.

Professional Qualifications

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (License #PY0881) in the state of Nevada with over 15 years of experience in mental health. My employment has included:

  • Private practice outpatient services for children and adults
  • Drug courts for teens and adults struggling with addictions
  • Community outpatient mental health centers
  • In-patient juvenile detention center for teens with behavioral and mental health concerns
  • Day center for adults with severe mental illness

I earned my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University in 2017.  During graduate school, I gained supervised experience at:

  • Arizona State University Counseling Services providing individual, couples, and group therapy to college students
  • Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinics, Clinical Psychology Clinic offering individual, couples, and group therapy to community members
  • Banner Sun Health Research Institute providing and interpreting assessments for geriatric volunteers in a research center dedicated to diseases of aging (e.g., Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, etc.).
  • Lucy Anne’s Place at Benevilla implementing Cognitive Stimulation activities for Alzheimer Day Center participants, including: arts and crafts, games, trivia, special activities, and conflict resolution

For grief and bereavement, I am a certified:

  • Compassionate Bereavement Care® provider through the Center for Loss and Trauma in partnership with the MISS Foundation and the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Family Trust.
  • Grief Educator through the Grief Educator Certification Program with Grief Expert David Kessler.

She’s the Psychologist for Me!

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