Psychotherapy Modalities

Second and Fourth Wednesdays of each month - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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NAVIGATE is a comprehensive program designed to provide early and effective treatment to individuals who have experienced a first episode of psychosis. The Psychotherapy Modalities is a part of the four clinic areas under NAVIGATE.

The purpose of this clinic will be to provide consultation and supervision from expert psychotherapists to enhance the individual psychotherapy work of FEP mental health providers with their individual clients. The "Hub" expert team will include a child and adolescent psychiatrist, psychologist and LCSW with expertise in these modalities of psychotherapy.

This program is funded by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health through federal Mental Health Block grant funding.

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Our Team

  • Erika Ryst, M.D. (Psychiatry): Dr. Erika Ryst is a Board-Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who completed her general and child psychiatry residency training at the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and Mclean Hospital Program in Boston, MA.  She moved to Reno, Nevada in 2004 and joined the faculty at the University of Nevada School of Medicine where she became the director of Nevada’s first child and adolescent psychiatry training program in 2006.  Dr. Ryst also helped to develop the HRSA-funded Nevada LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) program, and has served as its interdisciplinary training director since 2011.  In 2015, Dr. Ryst joined the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities in the UNR College of Education to further her work in the field of school psychiatry and developmental disabilities.  In partnership with the Nevada State Department of Public and Behavioral Health and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Project ECHO, she coordinates a series of ECHO clinics on the topic of First-Episode Psychosis (FEP) and serves as Hub Faculty for the NAVIGATE FEP Psychotherapy clinic and the NAVIGATE FEP Health, Wellness and Co-occurring Medical Disorders clinic. 
  • Dave Briggs, LCSW, LCADC: Dave is the founder of True North Treatment Center which is a select group of mental health and substance abuse professionals deeply committed and dedicated to serving children and families in a variety of settings. He was the Program Director of Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions, for several years before returning to graduate school. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix and immediately went on to achieve his Masters of Social Work at the University of Nevada, Reno. While furthering his education, Dave served at Washoe County Juvenile Services where he led educational and counseling sessions, trained probation officers, aided in program evaluation, and held the position of the Alcohol and Drug Program Coordinator. It was during his time working with adjudicated youth when Dave truly realized the purpose of his life’s work.
  • Adrianna Wechsler Zimring, Ph.D. (Clinical Neuropsychology): Dr. Zimring is a licensed psychologist who specializes in pediatric neuropsychology and clinical training in evidence-based mental health care.  Dr. Zimring began her career in the field of education and holds a master’s of education from Harvard University.  After eight years working with children with behavioral and learning difficulties in schools and treatment centers, Dr. Zimring returned to school to pursue her doctorate in psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine.  In 2014, Dr. Zimring returned to the greater Las Vegas area and established a private practice specializing in evidence-based practices with children and adolescents.  Her practice grew rapidly, and in 2018 she founded The Evidence-Based Practice of Nevada (The EBP).  The EBP is a behavioral and mental healthcare clinic dedicated to training Nevada’s next generation of providers in evidence-based practice. 


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Continuing Medical Education (CME) Accreditation

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine approves this program for 1.50 hours of nursing continuing education credit.

The State of Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners approves this program for 1.50 hours of continuing education credit.

The State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers approves this program for 1.50 hours of continuing education credit.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is a provider of continuing education credit through the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy.  This program is approved for 1 hours of continuing education credit for pharmacists.