Daniela Di Piero, LMFT #88547

(530) 270-7841

Nevada City & Grass Valley CA Therapist

I think finding the “right” therapist for you has to do with feeling good about that person, having a sense that being in their presence is enlivening and healthy, even when you’re working with something uncomfortable or difficult.

I’m a mother, wife, traveler, crafts-person, former high school teacher, and for the past 15 years have run a nonprofit working with young people and families. I received undergraduate and Masters degrees from Brown University, as well as a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Meridian University. If you come in for a session, you might occasionally catch me with dirt under my nails from growing food, making pottery, or riding horses.

I combine Psychodynamic and Somatic Psychology approaches with Solution-Focused approaches. What does this mean? Psychodynamic “depth” approaches tend to be more long-term and focused around understanding ourselves and our pasts, where our patterns come from, and how we make meaning of our lives. They are relationship-based, meaning that the therapeutic relationship is one venue for exploring our “stuff,” and they can include things like dream-work, therapeutic imagery, myth, story, shamanic practices, and ancestral healing. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Life Coaching techniques are more in-the-moment, pro-active approaches that emphasize problem solving and changing the way we think so as to change the way we feel. My work is trauma-informed and trained, and I frequently incorporate somatic(body)-based trauma healing modalities such as Brainspotting, EMDR, mindfulness, and body centered hypnosis. I am also fascinated by ongoing developments in neurobiology, entheogen research, and all the ways that nutrition and the biochemical terrain in our bodies affect our emotions and mental health. I am certified in EMDR, trained in Brainspotting, and integrate trauma processing/transmutation whenever appropriate.

Joy Steuer, AMFT #108053

(530) 362-8858


I believe life is a journey with many twists and turns. Through the therapeutic process, I am honored to walk side by side with individuals during times of need. I am passionate about honoring each person’s individual journey and soul path. I use an integrated and intuitive therapeutic approach to assist others with tapping into and building upon their current strengths and skills. Additionally, I assist in the processing of current or past patterns, behaviors, memories and dreams in order to support each person with their individual vision of wellness and healing. I have received additional training in Trauma-Informed Yoga and Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and DBT.  I utilize these various techniques in an integrated manner along with Existential and Humanistic approaches to meet each person at their comfort level.

I earned my B.A. in English from the University of California in Davis where I studied Mythology, Poetry and Education. I received my M.A. from National University in 2018 in Counseling Psychology. When I have free time, I spend it going on adventures of all kinds with my husband of 18 years who is a pilot in the Air Force and my two teenagers, all of whom I absolutely adore. Any time beyond that is spent passionately researching and exploring all of the ways in which the soul journeys through the human experience and how the soul connects and transmutes within the paradigms of culture, ecology, history, psychology, art, sound and sacred rituals. Additionally, I am a certified End of Life Specialist and hospice volunteer who is passionate and dedicated to the sacred and numinous moments along the human path from birth to death that give rise to growth and vision. My heart, mind and soul are dedicated to the mission of walking alongside others on this journey called life and serving humanity with compassion and joy.

Hayley Schmidt, AMFT #116214

(530) 802-2115, hayleykathryne@gmail.com

Deciding to seek therapy takes courage and strength. My goal as an Associate Marriage
and Family Therapist is to empower each client with a greater understanding of the
connection between their mind and body, the relationship between their background and
way of thinking, and to focus on their strengths.  As a therapist, I prioritize being
attentive and present. I am passionate about this important life work and it is my goal to
provide an unconditional positive setting for each and every client.
I have experience serving adults and adolescents working through life transitions,
depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and self-esteem issues. I integrate a variety of
evidence-based treatments into my work including EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness. I am also a certified Motivational
Interviewing counselor.
I earned my B.A degree from Northern Arizona University in Anthropology and I have
previous work experience as a special education instructor and have served as a school
counselor. Although I grew up in the Midwest, I moved to California to be close to the
mountains. While I enjoyed working as a Park Ranger and Naturalist Guide in the
Sierras, my greatest passion is to serve others as an Associate MFT, so I completed my
M.A degree at the Wright Institute in Counseling Psychology.

Meg Lear, Associate MFT


I’m an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, art therapist, yoga instructor, creativity researcher and women’s empowerment leader. My approach is a collaboration with my clients rooted in humanistic, somatic and other evidenced-based practices. I believe that you are the expert of your life; my job is not to “fix” you, but to journey alongside you on your path to self-discovery. I have extensive experience working with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, addiction. I specialize in the treatment of trauma and PTSD and am trained in EMDR.

I support individuals in various stages of transformation and offer a compassionate, trauma-informed approach to help integrate the mind-body. I use a variety of healing practices such as: mindfulness, art therapy, yoga, eco therapy, ancestral healing and dream-work. I come from a strength based philosophy and I operate under the guiding principles of unconditional acceptance, compassion and the belief that we all intrinsically move toward health and wholeness.