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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.  

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.

Sarah Whitney
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist AMFT#103493
Supervised by Darla Gale, LMFT #92413


Sarah has always had a passion for knowledge and helping others.  Upon entering college, she decided to study child development because of her experience working in a pediatric dental office which spurred her interest in family systems and personal growth. Sarah has a passion for helping people find hope, happiness and ability to cope with adversity in their lives.  In pursuit of that passion, Sarah has received her BS in Child Development, and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Counseling, focus in Marriage, Child, and Family Counseling at California State University, Fresno.

Sarah integrates compatible therapeutic methods to best met the unique needs of her clients. As your counselor, Sarah wants to provide the support you need to grow from your adversity, and find hope and strength within your own heart. As Virginia Satir says, “Life is not what it's supposed to be. It's what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.”

Charise Spencer
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT #108292
Supervised by Darla Gale, LMFT#92413


Charise has a deep passion for helping others unlock their internal gifts, talents, and abilities while at the same time fostering and developing new ones.  She holds a deep belief that people are stronger than they realize and have gifts and abilities that remain to be uncovered.  These beliefs come not only from her schooling but from her personal experiences overcoming adversity.  Charise is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who is currently in the last year of her Masters program at Brandman University. Her experience includes working with addiction, depression, anxiety, non-binary gender identity, and the LGBTQ community.  She has worked with individuals from age 4 to age 84. You are the expert on your life and Charise would like to walk with you as a guide on your journey. In walking this journey with you Charise will work with you to identify how to leverage mind, body, and spirit to increase your quality of life. Narrative and CBT based therapies are the approaches that Charise commonly uses in her practice.  She encourages the individuals she works with to feel open to provide feedback regarding the therapeutic process so that it can be tailored to suit the needs of the individual.  In her personal time Charise enjoys the outdoors, the arts, and connecting with friends and family. In addition,  Charise is a mother of two teen boys and a wife of 20 years. Charise also has a degree in Child Development and worked with children from ages 0-13 for over 10 years. 

Lisa Atkinson
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist AMFT #80593
Supervised by Darla Gale, LMFT #92413


Lisa is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with Heartstrings Counseling Agency after graduating with her Masters in Psyhology, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012 from Brandman University.

Everyone has a story and their story is unique.  Seeking help is a courageous choice.  Everyone goes through challenging times and reaching out for support can change your life.  Therapy can seem like a scary path to take, but Lisa's hope is that when you connect with her that you find yourself comfortable and ready for the journey.  Lisa is passionate about creating and maintaining a safe nurturing environment, especially for youth and yong children.  She believes therapy should be an experience where both client and therapist join to help you reach the goals you have.  Her goal is to encourage you to seek the motivation that will allow you to be your best self.

Im her spare time, you can usually find Lisa with her two tiny pups kayaking...yes, the pups have flotation jackets!  She also enjoys camping, gardening and /or reading.


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

Alice is a counselor who is completing the Master’s program at California State University at Sacramento (Counseling) with an emphasis on Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling and Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. Her experience includes working with addiction, depression, anxiety, and trauma.  Most recently, she worked with veterans affected by substance use, mental illness and homelessness. Alice is also trained in Brain Spotting.

Alice wants to help clients to acquire the knowledge and skills that they need to build a strong recovery program, to provide self-care options, and to achieve serenity and joy in their life.

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.  

Alice possesses two Associate degrees, in both Addiction Science and Addiction Counseling respectively.  In addition to her education and experience with recovery, Alice holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture, and over 30 years of experience in the technology and telecommunication industry.  


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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