Sierra Agape Center (now Sierra Agape Therapeutic Services) is a 501c3 non-profit organization which was founded in 2010 by Kimball C. Pier, Ph.D., a licensed marriage and family therapist and a native of the Lake Tahoe area. Dr. Pier’s vision was to create a center for people to participate in affordable psychotherapy and adjunct healing services. The vision also included teaching people sustainable skills for learning and maintaining emotional, mental and physical well-being by engaging community partners in creating a breadth of affordable services such as meditation and mindfulness classes, yoga, creative expression through art, nutrition counseling, and healing touch massage. The intention was to fill a growing gap in services for people who did not have access because they had no medical insurance, could not qualify for Medi-Cal benefits or who could not afford to pay the out of pocket fees for therapy which typically range between $80 and $200 per session. The Affordable Care Act has now made health insurance benefits available to people who were unable to afford it. Dr. Pier accepts Covered California Plans through Anthem Blue Cross and California Health & Wellness in addition to other Anthem Blue Cross plans through employers. For those without insurance or for those with limited resources, a sliding fee scale is available. Please click on the “Cost of Services” tab to learn more.
About Our Approach:
We offer a “whole person” approach to counseling deeply-rooted in the idea that people’s emotions and behavior are influenced by their history and by cultural influences. The practice of depth psychotherapy means exploring your “calling” or how you are attending to the path of the heart in your life. When people feel conflicted, it results in dis-ease and soul-sickness which then manifests in psychological and physical symptoms. When people say they are “living the wrong life,” an exploration to return to the heart’s calling or to discover it is what depth psychotherapy offers.
In addition to looking at what the soul wants, we explore the ecopsychological aspects of life; how is culture and history influencing us and how have we learned to be who we are? Depth psychologists believe that we as a culture suffer greatly as a result of our disconnect from our bodies and from nature. So in looking at psychological and physical symptoms, we do not look first into the person, we look at context or what is happening in the greater culture, the collective psyche and how we reflect imbalances in Nature and culture.
When the challenges of life feel overwhelming, we offer a comforting and welcoming place to explore and find peace. We are devoted to teaching people how to strengthen relationships, cultivate the mind-body-spirit connection and to work through times of transition including loss and new beginnings. Sierra Agape Center offers therapeutic services on a sliding fee or donation-basis. You pay what you can afford for our counseling and wellness services.*The word “Agape” (pronounced Ah-gah-pay) means all encompassing love for community. We believe in cultivating generosity and trust to build a healthy community. That which is offered in the spirit of generosity and compassion benefits all.
Therapy for Individuals, Couples and Families emphasizing the relationship between emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.
Learn to calm the mind through breathing techniques and heal the body through massage and meditation.