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Darla Lynn Gale, MA, LMFT
Founder, Executive Director

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist  (#92413)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Repro
cessing (EMDR) Trained Therapist
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Imago Trained Couples Therapist

Darla sees clients in her own private practice.  She has a deep desire to provide healing to those who are hurting, to give each individual the resources for positive change, and to help them gain insight and understanding into the world; resulting in a brighter tomorrow. She holds to the belief that you cannot change the past, but you can be strengthened by it. One of her favorite quotes is 'It's okay to look back into the past, just don't stare." Darla graduated from Brandman University and has a Master's Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has also completed the "Faith in Crisis Academy" with a specialized focus on trauma. She has experience working with individuals, adolescents, and children bound by anxiety, depression, obsession compulsion, ADHD, anger, addiction, grief, and codependent behaviors. In addition, she works with couples who are experiencing difficulties with conflict, communication, and unhealthy relational patterns. Darla's therapeutic approach is creative and engaging, as she combines spiritual, mindful, cognitive, and behavioral principles in her process. Darla believes the client-therapist relationship is of the utmost importance and her goal is to lead individuals on a personal journey of awareness while providing them with hope, empathy, and unconditional positive regard. In her spare time she enjoys crafting, kayaking, fishing, boating and road trips with her husband.  


Madison Erickson

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
Supervised by Darla Gale, LMFT #92413

Madison is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee. She feels honored to work with adolescents, adults/children and couples from all walks of life. Madison's strengths come from her belief in the therapy process and her ability to show compassion and connect with her clients. She specializes in Christian Counseling but is open to people with all different religious and cultural backgrounds. Madison believes in the power of change and growth within a client to succeed in therapy and meet client's individual goals. She is knowledgeable in a variety of theories, but she caters to what each individual needs to succeed and grow in counseling. Madison likes to focus on clients with anxiety, depression, divorce and families. Through her use of Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Brainspotting; Madison likes to find the root of the issue or trauma and create a road map on how to overcome that battle and find the right path to mental health and spiritual wellness. Madison believes in providing empathetic and compassionate counseling through listening and working together to find a change. 

Madison's educational background includes a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from William Jessup University . She is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Christian Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She looks forward to working with you or your family. Her availability is weekdays (afternoons & evenings). 


Hannah Pettee

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
Supervised by Darla Gale, LMFT #92413

Hannah Pettee, is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee and will complete her M.A. Counseling degree at Western Seminary in December 2018. Time moves really fast in today’s world with social media, academic expectations, and family challenges creating a constant pressure and it is difficult to find a place of peace and belonging. Together she will work on discovering your individual strengths, helping you overcome overwhelming obstacles. With targeted coaching, Hannah can help you create a sense of direction through your current challenges. Her priority is for you to feel secure in the therapeutic relationship that she will develop together and for you to leave our therapy sessions with the ability and confidence to reach your full potential. Together we will build a tool kit of resources, and learning and coping skills that will help you learn to regulate your emotions when times become overwhelming. Your life experiences and your unique story matter in building these skills. Hannah would love to walk alongside you in your unique journey of life, working with you to find healing, peace and a deep sense of belonging.  

Peter Wong, M.A.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #93857
Supervised by Darla Gale, LMFT #92413

Peter is passionate about helping people who are suffering and hurting. The life that we live can be difficult, confusing, frustrating, and hard. We all struggle with things in life, and we have goals we want to achieve that may help with the struggles. Many times, as human beings we tend to focus more on the struggles rather than the goals. His goal as a therapist is to work alongside you to provide the support and/or guidance needed to walk you through life’s journey in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment.

Peter has experience working in an adult psychiatric health facility, River Oaks Center for Children, Christian and non – Christian counseling agencies. Peter has worked with individuals, teens, children, couples, and families in crisis, suicidal ideation, substance abuse, grief, depression and other stressors life may bring. Peter also has training in IMAGO therapy and a certified Prepare Enrich facilitator.

Peter has completed his Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Western Seminary in 2016.

Lindsay Glass
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
Supervised by Darla Gale, LMFT #92413

Lindsay is passionate about being a guide to help others find wholeness and strength within themselves. She believes therapy is a journey for the client to discover more about themselves and she feels it is an honor to walk with people on their path to healing and happiness. Her warm, nonjudgmental approach creates a safe space for inner growth and introspection.

Lindsay is pursuing her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and has volunteered for Sutter Hospice as well as Sutter’s Children’s Bereavement Art Group. Through the Children’s Bereavement Art Group, she has worked with many children and their families going through the loss of a loved one, and has helped guide children to express their grief through art.

In her spare time, Lindsay loves hiking, paddle boarding, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.


“Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakens” – Carl Jung




Kristen Williams
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
Supervised by Darla Gale, LMFT #92413

Kristen is in her last year of the Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling program at Western Seminary and is also pursuing a certificate in Addiction Studies. She is drawn to a holistic and integrative approach that addresses the mind, body and spirit. She is motivated and passionate about helping others reach their goals and achieve health in their lives. She strives to convey warmth and empathy to those who are hurting with compassion and acceptance and believes that therapy is a team effort and a partnership between the counselor and the client, therefore the client-therapist relationship is extremely important.

It is Kristen’s desire to work alongside those that are seeking a change in their lives and to provide an accepting environment with authenticity, patience, and respect so that they may discover the tools and resources that can be utilized for a positive change in their lives. She has had experience in relating successfully with people of all ages and backgrounds, including working with at-risk young adults and teens, women, senior adults, and people with chronic health issues. She has knowledge and experience with anxiety and depression, trauma, ADHD, substance use and addictions, Christian counseling, and has completed the ASIST Program for suicide intervention.

Kristen is wife of 24 years and a mother to a son and a daughter, both young adults, and four “furbabies” (two dogs and two cats). In her spare time, she enjoys photography, gardening, DIY projects, outdoor activities such as boating, paddleboarding, and hiking, and spending time with family and friends – especially barbequing and going to places with live music.

Pilar Padilla
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
Supervised by Darla Gale, LMFT #92413


Pilar is completing the last year of her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, after teaching high school language arts for over twenty years.  Pilar seeks to understand people and those circumstances that surround them.  Her true nature is compassion and care which has been a lifelong passion that has led her into the field of counseling.  She brings a depth of human understanding to her practice that allows for the differences we all possess.  Coming to understand the client’s story and how he or she finds meaning and strength in that story is her focus, and together with her clients, they are able to create a new story that offers clarity, confidence, and calm

Pilar has led the charge of mental wellness at her local high school, offering a Wellness Speaker Series, after school mindfulness groups, and community building activities that foster familiarity and encourage curiosity.  She has had extensive experience working with adolescents. Pilar works with all populations and has experience with anxiety, depression, addiction and LGBTQ issues.

Kara Walsh
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist AMFT #94962
Professional Clinical Counselor Intern #3228
Supervised By Darla Gale, LMFT #92413


"Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together" - James Cash Penney

Kara has a passion for being a pillar of support for those in need, whether grief work, anxiety, or looking to change your outlook in life, Kara looks forward to guiding you through the process. When we experience a life stressor, things begin to unravel. Kara is a firm believer in repairing the mind, body, and soul in response to life's curveballs.

Kara has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and a Master's in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary's College of California. She is versed in family systems, and treatment of children, ranging from working with teens and addiction, teens in the judicial system, children's grief work, divorce, and other familial and children's needs. Kara has also taught anger management classes, parenting classes, and self-esteem for teens. She is also available for stress/anxiety, depression, codependency, grief/loss, abuse, self esteem, substance abuse/use, and postraumatic stress/trauma.



 Alice Rodriguez
 Marriage and Family Therapist Counselor
 Supervised By Darla Gale, LMFT#92413
 Trained in Brainspotting


Alice is a counselor who is completing the Master’s program at California State University at Sacramento (MS in Counseling) in December 2018. Her experience includes working with addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief and trauma.   She has worked with veterans affected by substance use, mental illness and homelessness and currently is working with incarcerated women at Folsom Women’s Facility.  Alice has experience with people of all ages (children, individuals, families and couples).  She is also trained in Brainspotting.

Alice wants to help clients to gain a better understanding of themselves, but with a desire to learn new skills and tools that they can use in their daily lives—Alice wants to walk along side you to find hope, peace, and joy; connecting you to what matters most. 

In her personal time, Alice enjoys running half marathons in order to raise charitable donations for non-profit organizations.  She also enjoys spending time and making memories with friends and family. 


Rebecca Garbi
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist AMFT #81995
Professional Clinical Counselor-Intern PCCI #1540
Supervised by Darla Gale, LMFT #92413


Rebecca is committed to helping people heal and find wholeness in body, mind and spirit. She is an attentive listener who seeks to improve the quality of life of those she counsels by working  with them to achieve their goals. Rebecca received her Masters of Science in Counselor Education from California State University, Sacramento and has extensive training in Attachment-Based Family Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Furthermore, she has run anger management and social skills groups for at-risk youth in Placer County schools.


Rebecca uses her education and insight to help guide those who are suffering identify alternative solutions to their conflicts. She enables clients to reclaim their future by resolving their current situations and overcoming the challenges of their past. This helps those she works with find their potential so they can face life's stressors and enjoy greater serenity, motivation and personal fulfillment. Her own values of creativity, warm acceptance and service to others inspire her to help clients see the answers within themselves and learn the skills they need to sail through any storm.

 “The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.” ~ Swedish Proverb





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