Our Therapists

Lindsay Simon: Clinical Director and Supervisor

LMFT # 51979  |  lindsaysimon.com

I have provided quality therapy for a diverse clientele for the past 12 years including children, adolescents and adults for individual, couples, group, and family therapy. I understand that one of the most important aspects of therapeutic success is the quality of the client-therapist relationship. Therefore I think it is beneficial for you to know a little more about me to see if we would be a good fit.

I moved to Lake Tahoe 14 years ago after graduating college to pursue my passion for skiing and outdoor activities.  After four years of playing in the mountains I moved to San Diego to start my journey towards fulfilling the dream of becoming a therapist.  I feel extremely privileged and grateful to have a career that allows me to help others while at the same time continuously growing as an individual. After completing graduate school and my internship, I began to feel the pull to take me back to the place that my heart never left, and started making plans to return to Lake Tahoe.  I was able to move back to Lake Tahoe in 2013 where I joined the private practice A Balanced Life: Individual, Family and Child Therapy, Inc. in South Lake Tahoe, and also opened my own private practice in Olympic Valley at the base of Squaw Valley Ski Resort.

In September of 2014 I became the owner and Clinical Director at A Balanced Life: Individual, Family and Child Therapy, Inc. in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Erin Kelly

LMFT #45628

Ms. Kelly is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT, and obtained a certificate in Art Therapy at College of Notre Dame in Belmont, CA. Ms. Kelly has 20 years of experience providing individual, family and group therapy using art, play and talk therapy. Ms. Kelly has extensive experience working with children and adolescents who have learning disorders, issues around early attachment, depression, anxiety, pervasive development disorders, and behavioral problems. In addition, Ms. Kelly has experience in a variety of work environments including Adult Psychiatric Emergency Services, residential treatment and field based services. Ms. Kelly is familiar with 12 step recovery and can provide effective treatment for dually diagnosed clients. When necessary, Ms. Kelly will work collaboratively with other providers such as Primary Care Physicians, Psychiatrists and other clinicians. Ms. Kelly uses a psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and humanistic approach that will effectively meet each clients’ needs. Ms. Kelly has additional training in meditation and yoga. She strives to create an environment that is warm, welcoming and safe.

Marianna Randolph

LCSW #24256

Marianna Randolph is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her Master in Social Work from San Diego State University, with a concentration in Health and Aging. Before moving to South Lake Tahoe, Mrs. Randolph had over ten years of experience working in San Diego with adults and older adults in both community, group practice, and hospital settings. Mrs. Randolph works with individuals who are looking to respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills while promoting self-care.  She specializes in depression, anxiety, panic disorder, life transitions, chronic pain and health conditions, aging, family caregiving, adult ADD/ADHD, and grief and loss.  She takes an eclectic approach towards therapy, utilizing a variety of methodologies and techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, and mindfulness techniques.  Incorporating your strengths, she works together with you to reach your goals and address your current concerns. Mrs. Randolph views therapy as a unique working relationship between the client and the therapist.

Karen Joaquin

LMFT #82969

Ms. Joaquin is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT and is a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. Ms. Joaquin obtained a MA degree in Counseling Psychology at University of San Francisco and has 9 years of providing individual, family and group therapy in the Bay Area and South Lake Tahoe. Ms. Joaquin has worked with mostly adolescents and adults, with extensive experience with co-occurring disorders and those involved in the justice system. In addition, she has experience in a variety of work environments including crisis services, county, school, group home and field-based services. Mr. Joaquin has and will work collaboratively with other providers such as Primary Care Physicians, Psychiatrists and other clinicians for a comprehensive approach. Ms. Joaquin primarily uses a Cognitive-Behavioral approach, incorporating strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solutions-Focused treatment, and humanistic strategies. She believes that by forming a cooperative relationship, she and her clients can work together to create a new understanding of their experiences, allowing for change to occur.

Marcella Araiza

LMFT #111395 | Bilingual in Spanish

Ms. Araiza is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).  Ms. Araiza provides therapy for adults, adolescents, young children, at-risk youth, and families. Her experience includes diagnosis, risk assessments and crisis counseling. Ms. Araiza has also treated major depression, schizophrenia, bi-polar, anxiety, panic attacks, self-harm, trauma, dual diagnoses, and substance abuse. Ms. Araiza has experience facilitating anger management, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), substance abuse and process groups. The approaches that she utilizes are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing. Ms. Araiza also provides therapy in the Lake Tahoe school district (school based programs) as well to youth at the Juvenile Treatment Center.

Lisa Barker

LMFT #96308

I am an experienced professional LMFT, able to work with many populations including children, adolescents and adults
for individual, couples, group, and family therapy. I studied depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. I possess
skills in crisis management, trauma resolution, life transition, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, stress management,
grief and loss, and family conflict. My approach is warm, engaging, and collaborative. I work with my clients to create a
safe environment in which we can explore the dynamics which are making life difficult. It has been my privilege to work
with many types of individuals across cultural, gender, age and sexual differences, as well as those with severe mental
illness and or developmental delays. I utilize a variety of therapeutic models including trauma-focused CBT, DBT,
psychotherapy, EMDR, play therapy, attachment focused therapy, psycho-education and co-parenting techniques. My
enthusiasm and joy in working with others is a gift that brings a real human connection, facilitating effective problem
solving and dynamic outcomes.

Tiffany Machia

AMFT #110842
Supervised by Lindsay Simon, Clinical Directory & LMFT
Supervised by Karen Joaquin, LMFT

I am a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. I completed a Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology from California State University at Fullerton. My clinical experience includes the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of mental health disorders and conditions, including depressive and anxiety disorders, trauma, behavioral issues, family conflict, and parental guidance. I utilize a variety of evidence-based  interventions in working with youth, adults, and families, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), play therapy, and parental skills training.