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Vaida Kazlauskaite Ph.D.


Vaida is a compassionate therapist known for her warm and approachable style, Vaida excels at helping individuals navigate the challenges of anxiety and life transitions, all while providing invaluable guidance in developing essential life skills needed to build a successful career and life plan.


With a focus on empathy, patience, and understanding, Vaida specializes in guiding individuals through anxiety and the twists and turns of modern life. Her modern, compassionate approach has empowered countless individuals to overcome these hurdles. 


🌟 Expertise in navigating complex life decisions


🧘 Specialized support for managing anxiety and enhancing life skills in career-oriented adults

🏥 Profound guidance through medical diagnosis and prognosis





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Dr. Vaida Kazlauskaite
MFT Intern

50 Mins ~ $150

Dr. Vaida Kazlauskaite specializes in working with families, couples, and individuals. Her areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, death and dying, and grief. Additionally, as a Medical Family therapist, Dr. Kazlauskaite works with clients who are diagnosed with a medical illness and are experiencing hardship to their relationships, work, and life in general. She has expertise in communication efforts about terminal and chronic illness and its effects on mental health. 

Dr. Kazlauskaite is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in the Couple and Family Therapy Program. Her work is published in several empirical research journals, including Family, Systems, and Health and Contemporary Family Therapy

Female Lecturer


Kazlauskaite, V., & Mendenhall, T. (2023). Providers working with parents who are diagnosed
with cancer: Education and role perceptions regarding communication efforts between parents
and children. Current Psychology, 1-14.

Kazlauskaite, V. (2022). Navigating difficult conversations with children when parents are ill:
How medical family therapists can assist. Contemporary Family Therapy.

Braughton, J., Mendenhall, T., & Kazlauskaite, V. (2022). Identification of resiliency processes
in dual-trauma couples through an exploration of self-reported relational strengths and
weaknesses. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advanced online

Kaler, L. S., Kazlauskaite, V., Li, Y., & Wingert, D. (2021). Course-related stress and
coping strategies of graduate and professional students. Journal of Behavioral and Social
Sciences, 8, 186-199.

Kazlauskaite, V., & Fife, S. (2021). Adolescent experience with parental cancer and
involvement with medical professionals: A heuristic phenomenological inquiry. Journal of
Adolescent Research, 36, 371-397.

Kazlauskaite, V., Braughton, J. Weiler, L., Haddock, S., Henry, K., & Lucas-Thompson, R.
(2020). Adolescents’ experiences of mentor alliance and sense of belonging in a site-based
mentoring intervention. Children and Youth Services Review, 114,1-10.

Kazlauskaite, V, Mendenhall T., & Clark, M. (2020). Sharing a life-threatening diagnosis with
children: Developing best practices. Minnesota Physician, 34, 1-2.

Mehus, C. J., Kazlauskaite, V., Colianni, S., & Borowsky, I. (2019). Parents’ interest in
resources to address their child’s behavioral health through primary care. Families, Systems, &
Health, 37, 244-248.

Tachine, A., Serido, J., Kazlauskaite, V., Feir, D., & Fenton, M. (Revise and Resubmit). “Don't
do it": College debt and "Predatory inclusion" among Native college students. Journal of Family
and Economic Issues

Maples, A., Kazlauskaite, V. & Wongmo, T. (Revise and Resubmit). Mentoring in college:
Opportunities for flourishing. Journal of Community Psychology
Kazlauskaite, V., Kaler, L., Li, Y., Mendenhall, T., Wick. S., & Song, S. (under review). “I just
feel overwhelmed” Course-related stress among first-generation and international students at a
research university.

Kazlauskaite, V., & Mendenhall, T., Braughton, J., (in progress). When a parent has cancer:
Preparing to disclose the diagnosis to school-aged children. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Kazlauskaite, V., & Angelkova, E. (in press). Medical family therapists working with culturally
diverse patients using the Biopsychosocial-Spiritual model with chronically and terminally ill
patients and their families. In Hertlein, K. (Eds.) International Handbook of Couple and Family
Therapy. Routledge

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