Mental Health Peer Connections
Board Member, State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Certified Professional Counselors
Marriage & Family Therapist
Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Certified Guided Imagery Therapist
Wendy's training includes a Master’s Degree in Speech Communication and a Master’s
Degree in Marriage, Child and Family Therapy. She is also certified in guided imagery. She is
in private practice in Reno, treating families, couples, and individuals of all ages. She also facilitates
the body image group at the Center for Hope of the Sierras. Wendy created and produced a guided
imagery CD on body acceptance, titled Body Sweet Body.
A former University of Nevada communications instructor, Wendy is rediscovering her passion for designing trainings
and presenting at workshops. Serving on the Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional
Counselors is also a return to previous interests. Wendy completed internships at the Nevada State Legislature, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office and served as the communications manager of a lobbying firm. Her board experience includes serving as a member of the Washoe County Human Services Consortium, Nevada State Medical Association, and President of the Alliance with the Washoe County Medical Society. She considers her most important role to be mother to her two children (who are now adults and attending college).
Wendy is a native Nevadan, whose parents (Roland and Dixie Westergard) and extended family were dedicated to public service to our state. Her desire to be a member of the board stems from her deep commitment to Nevada citizens. She hopes to contribute to fulfilling the mission of the board, which is to protect the public and ensure ethical standards be upheld by the professionals who serve the people of Nevada.
A non profit organization, dedicated to providing resources and educational workshops to mental health professionals in Northern nevada
A private non profit organization dedicated to providing resources to mental health professionals