The Center for Connection Las Vegas NV
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Center for Connection Therapists

The Center for Connection Las Vegas NV
The following therapists are in private practice and accepting clients at The Center for Connection:
  • April Hough, LMFT-Intern at The Strength Within Therapeutic Services LLC
  • Ashley Edmonds, MSW, LCSW at A Way Through, LLC
  • Janet P Nordine, MS, LMFT, RPT-S with Experience Courage Therapy DBA Consultation and Las Vegas Play Therapy, LLC
  • Kaleigh Mancha, LMFT, Certified Full Spectrum Doula
  • Kandiea Everett, LCSW at Zola Therapy Solutions
  • Livia Ramalho, LSW, LMFT Intern  
  • Pauline “Polly” Weinstein, MS, LMFT – Intern at Stardust Psychotherapy
  • Rachel Johnson, LCSW at Cultivating Connected Living, LLC
  • Shannon Creme, MA, LCPC at Purposeful Play, LLC
  • Sherry D’Andrea, MA, NV lCPC
  • Stephanie Henschen, MA, LCPC Etika Logika, LLC
April Hough - Center for Connection Las Vegas

April Hough

  • LMFT-Intern at The Strength Within Therapeutic Services LLC

April Hough with The Strength Within Therapy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (LMFT – Intern) in Nevada.  She enjoys being active in her free time, including running and teaching indoor cycling.  She is a certified group fitness instructor and often incorporates physical exercise with traditional systemic therapy concepts with clients.  She encourages clients to participate in enjoyable activities to cope with stress and anxiety to break a sweat and calm the mind.  April works with a wide range of populations, including African American, LGBTQIA+, teens and Latin X.,

Accepting clients, Cash Only, Sliding scale available, works with clients 12 and up

Phone: (702) 413-4667

ASHLEY EDMONDS Center for Connection Las Vegas

Ashley Edmonds

  • MSW, LCSW at A Way Through, LLC

Ashley Edmonds, MSW, LCSW is a Las Vegas native Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) whose mission is to provide a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere in which individuals and/or families can embark on their journey towards the life they desire to live. Ashley obtained her LCSW licensure in February 2016 and has 12 years total experience within the mental health field. Her experience includes extensive work with children and families in the foster care system since 2010. Ashley has substantial training, including but not limited to, Trauma Informed Care (TIC), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy (TF-CBT), Child Victims in the Commercial Sex Industry – Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Anxiety/Depression Disorders, and Grief and
Loss Across the Lifespan. She has an underlying passion for providing individual and family therapy services for adolescents, with focus on attachment. Ashley is a State of Nevada Social Work Board approved supervisor for Southern Nevada interns seeking licensure. She is the owner of A Way Through,
LLC where she provides therapy services and mental health support to children, adolescents, adults, and families across the community.
In her free time Ashley enjoys spending time with her loving and large Las Vegas family. Her greatest joy is being the mother of her toddler son. Ashley is an avid foodie, karaoke connoisseur, and music enthusiast who enjoys connection with others.

Cash only, does not accept insurance, works with clients ages 11 and up

Phone:  (201) 252-7695

Janet P Nordine - Center for Connection Las Vegas

Janet P Nordine - Co-Owner

  • MS, LMFT, RPT-S with Experience Courage Therapy and Consultation DBA Las Vegas Play Therapy

Janet Nordine  is one of the only Registered play therapist supervisors in a private practice setting in las vegas, nv. her goal is to see children by using their language of play. she brings warmth, kindness, compassion and fun to the child and adult experience of engaging in therapy. She is the co-owner of Center for connection, Las vegas. 

Janet has lived in Las Vegas her entire life. In a “previous life,” she worked in the Las Vegas hotel industry and understands the unique culture of the city. She raised her own children in Las Vegas and is familiar with the local school district 

from a personal and professional lens. She has worked with children in the foster care system for the past 10 years. she is a foster care alumnus herself and a person who is adopted, she has a heart and passion for supporting the adoption experience. Janet is an Adoption Competent and Compassionate therapist

Education: 2006

Bachelor of Science and Human Services Management – University of Phoenix

2009 Master of Science in Counseling -Marriage, Family and Child Therapy – University of Phoenix

Additional Training and Certifications

Registered Play Therapist Supervisor – Association for Play Therapy –

synergetic play therapy – introduction course completed, certification has begun! 

Level 1 Theaplay – The Theaplay Institute 

Trust-Based Relational Intervention Practitioner – Karyn Purvis of Child Development at Texas Christian University (TBRI)

Faculty member, Advanced Training and Certification Candidate with The West Coast Institute of Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents

Cash Only, works with children 6 to 18 as well as adults, limited availability 

Specializing in working with children and adults who are adopted and their families, and communities. 

Phone: (702) 630-8848

Kaleigh Mancha Center for Connection Las Vegas

Kaleigh Mancha

  • LMFT, Certified Full Spectrum Doula

Kaleigh Mancha has served as a full spectrum birth worker & Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist for 13 years, specializing in perinatal & postpartum mood disorders (PMADs), reproductive experiences & complex trauma. Additionally, Kaleigh co- founded Heart & Sol Collective in 2020, a BIPoC led non profit that provides accessible & culturally responsive services to address maternal health disparities in the Las Vegas community. As a result of her passion for community, she enjoys providing mentorship for BIPoC perinatal professionals & creating trauma informed programming.

Kandiea Everett - Center for Connection Las Vegas

Kandiea Everett

  • LCSW at Zola Therapy Solutions

Kandiea is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in Las Vegas, NV. She attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas for her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and then University New England in Biddeford, MN for her Master’s in Social Work. While working toward her clinical licensure Kandiea enjoyed working with caregivers and their children to build upon the family connection. She is currently working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist with The Association for Play Therapy.

Kandiea has been working in the mental health field for the past six years. Her practice is centered around working with children adolescents and teens struggling with big behaviors while providing support and education to their caregivers. Additionally, she provides services for adults facing anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions.

Level I Theraplay Trained

works with children 3 and up, and adults. cash pay and Some insurances accepted

Phone: 702-482-3305

LIVIA RAMALHO Center for Connection Las Vegas

Livia Ramalho

  • LSW, MFT Intern
Family systems can be made strong and resilient, capable of weathering the fiercest storms. Each child and family system is unique, and having someone caring and competent able to guide and support can be crucial.
Livia’s experience includes over 5 years working with children in the Las Vegas area in public and charter schools and with foster care, adoption and reunification. She uses evidence based tools such as play therapy, Theraplay and sand tray. In South America Llivia worked with the LGBTQIA+ and at risk children. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Often cited as naturally empathic and intuitive, Livias mission during her 20 years of experience working has been to connect to each clients unique needs and situation. She is committed to respecting and honoring every individual’s culture and background, providing a safe environment for all.
Accepting new clients. Ages 5 and up, teens and adults
Speaks Spanish, Portuguese

Phone: 702-381-4469

Polly Weinstein - Center for Connection Las Vegas

Pauline “Polly” Weinstein

  • MS, LMFT – Intern at Stardust Psychotherapy

Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist – Intern

Clients: Perinatal support – before, during, and after pregnancy. Individuals and couples with a focus on parenting. Parent/child dyads 0-5 and Children 5-18.
Areas of Focus: Perinatal mental health, transition to parenthood, relationship issues in parenthood, family therapy with children under 5, mind-body approach


I am a Las Vegas native and new mom who is passionate about supporting others. I provide client-centered psychotherapy rooted in compassion that honors and empowers clients as the expert in their own experiences. I take an individualized approach with each person or family; relationship and connection first, leaning on Attachment Theory, Polyvagal Theory, and a holistic mind-body and systems perspective to support my clients. I provide a warm and non-judgemental environment to explore the problems that bring you to therapy.

I have a Master of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Couples and Family Therapy and received my Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in developmental psychology and sculpture from Sarah Lawrence College.

I have additional training from the Center for Mind Body Medicine, Postpartum Support International and Zero to Three.

I have experience and special interest in working with postpartum parents. If you are struggling with the transition to parenthood or any of the changes and roller coasters that come along with parenting, consider reaching out for a consultation call to see if I might become part of your support system.

level i theraplay trained

Cash pay only, does not accept insurance, works with children age 5 and up, special interest in Maternal mental health

Phone: (725) 527-5915

RACHEL JOHNSON Center for Connection Las Vegas

Rachel Johnson

  •  LCSW at Cultivating Connected Living, LLC 

I’m a licensed clinical social worker committed to helping individuals and families work through everyday stressors, shifts in life events, disruptions in routines, traumatic experiences, and parenting dynamics. Therapy with Cultivating Connected Living, LLC focuses on how building connections with safe individuals sets up for reaching the best version of ourselves (however you define it). I believe attachment and connection are keys to living vulnerable and authentic lives. I am passionate about providing safe non-judgmental space for individuals wanting to work through the stress of everyday life and past experiences. I am hoping that as we center you, you can find clarity and empowerment to define and work toward who you want to bee. If you’re interested in deciding if I can support you through your journey, please reach out. Every step toward your best self is progress, let’s start your journey together.

Works with children 0 to 5, Children 6 and up, Teens, Families.  Trained in Theraplay, Circle of Security.  Cash Pay, can offer sliding scale. 

Phone: 702.708.2124


Shannon Creme Center for Connection Las Vegas

Shannon Creme - Co-Owner

  • MA, LCPC at Purposeful Play, LLC

Shannon Creme is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) based in Las Vegas, NV and co-Owner of Center for Connection, Las Vegas. 

After being raised in Canada, Shannon and her family moved to Arizona when she was a teenager. It was there that she began on her path to helping children as a nanny and daycare provider to families all over Phoenix and beyond as she moved across the world and back. Shannon acquired her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Phoenix, AZ, where she studied with several Registered Play Therapists. Shannon completed her student internship at Devereux Arizona’s Residential Treatment facility in Scottsdale, AZ and was hired as a therapist

after graduation in 2013. Shannon landed in Las Vegas in 2015 after meeting her husband and became entrenched in the  therapy community almost immediately. Shannon worked in outpatient therapy, before taking a break when she had her daughter. Shannon began contract work and private practice in 2019. Shannon continues to do contract work and opened the therapy co-op, The Center for Connection, with her business partner in May Shannon specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and parents with trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, family conflict, and developmental disorders. Shannon is working to become a Registered Play Therapist and has attained certifications in Level 1 Theraplay and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

An avid traveler, Shannon also enjoys musical theatre, home decor, and trying all the amazing cuisine Las Vegas has to offer any chance she gets. As the mother herself, Shannon has an intimate understanding of all that parents and children go through on a daily basis. It is that kind of experience that brings a personal touch and real-life sensibility to her therapy with children.

cash pay only, does not accept insurance, works with children age 3 and up

Phone: 702-701-1091

SHERRY D'ANDREA Center for Connection Las Vegas

Sherry D'Andrea

  • MA, LCPC 

Sherry specializes in play therapy with kids of all ages to heal trauma and navigate tough transitions through the lens of attachment. She is specially trained in play therapy, EMDR, and Brainspotting, and utilizes a warm and playful child-centered approach in the playroom. 

Sherry has been in the field of mental health for over a decade, working as a school-based therapist for many years (elementary, middle, and high schools), then in her private practice in Colorado before her move to Las Vegas in Fall of 2021. 

In her non-work time, Sherry spends as much time as she can outdoors. She loves rock climbing, running, hiking, and hanging out with her tiny puppy. Sherry believes that play is instrumental in healing the mind, heart, and soul!

accepts most cigna, aetna and united health care plans  Sherry works with children ages 4 and up. Trained in EMDR and Brainspotting

Phone: 720-526-3344

Stephanie Henschen - Center for Connection Las Vegas


  • MA, LCPC

my name is Stephanie Henschen and I grew up in Sebring, Ohio, a small village that is known for pottery. As a young girl, I played basketball and was blessed to have a coach and role-model that took the time to teach lessons that would be necessary throughout my life. She taught me resiliency, determination, humility, style, grace, and the importance of education and gave unconditionally to our small community (and continues 43 years later). My therapeutic style is client-centered, strengths-based, and team-oriented. A sense of community is the foundation for connectedness and provides purpose.

works with children 12 and up, adults. Accepts some insurance plans  

Phone: (702) 527-1393

Livia Ramalho