Lydia Covarrubias
Lydia Covarrubias
The Family Support Center (FSC) in Winnemucca has recently been joined by two new mental health practitioner interns who will help to expand the center’s services. The Family Support Center will be moving to a new location as of October 1st. 

The new location will be at 1200 E. Winnemucca Boulevard in the former United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) building across from Bosch Motors. 

FSC Director Pamela Brown, M.S., LMFT, LADC, said the clinic has been working to recruit therapists to Winnemucca to be able to expand services and help more citizens for some time. 

The FSC recently welcomed new interns Cary Walter, LSW and Lydia Covarrubias to the practice. 

Covarrubias, a substance abuse counselor intern, started at the practice on August 31, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, is a Winnemucca native and former teacher at Grass Valley Elementary School. 

Current therapists now include Brown and new intern Walter. As an intern, Walter is a licensed social worker building his hours to gain his LCSW status. 

Walter has been a pastor for 20 years in rural Nevada after graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1999 from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Walter received his Master of Social Work Degree from Arizona State University in August 2019. 

Walter also worked for the Humboldt Horizons Substance Abuse Treatment Center and the Division of Public and Behavioral Health - Rural Clinics in Winnemucca. 

Walter works primarily with adolescents age 14+ and adults. He sees his own clients, including facilitating groups and will be starting a trauma group in October. 

Brown said the FSC hopes to add another intern in October, so there would be three substance abuse counselors available. The FSC works with the Sixth Judicial District Court’s Humboldt County Adult Drug Court program and all other specialty court clients such as mental health court, DUI court, family treatment court and juvenile services.

The FSC is available for independent individuals throughout the community with mental health, substance abuse, family support and case management.  

“We wanted this to be a place where whoever comes through the doors can receive help,” said Brown.