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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.  

 

 

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

Macie Litchfield is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee and will complete her degree in May of 2020 at Western Seminary University. She believes fully in creating a safe space for any individual to feel supported as well as comfortable in sharing their struggles, pain, along with their joy. Through a trusting and committed therapeutic relationship she hopes to walk together with her clients to help build up their strengths and help them reach their goals. She has a Christian Counseling background yet is open to all religious and cultural differences leaning on the process of therapy to help guide the individual towards personal success. Macie works with a holistic and person centered approach seeing clients as a whole-being including their physical, mental, and emotional health along with helping the client take an active role in his or her treatment. Within sessions her hopes are to break down problematic issues and rebuild them step by step to return to a more complete and stronger self. 

Through having four siblings adopted through the Foster Care system, she has experience with the numerous trials and changes that come with this process along with some of the trauma related issues that take place within the family unit and individuals. Her compassion for her community around her has lead to working with children and families for over a decade and leaning in to those around her desperately seeking someone to come alongside them and listen.

 

Heather Moore

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

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”

 –Carl Jung

Heather Moore is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who believes that you have the ability to rise from the ashes of your past and soar into the possibilities of your future. The pains, difficulties and struggles that you experience do not have to become your identity. You are a being of infinite possibilities. Heather’s goal is to help you shed the heaviness that holds you down and help you find more positive ways to navigate life. Heather considers herself to be a holistic integrationist in her approach with clients because she believes there are nuggets of goodness in all approaches and together with you, Heather wants to personalize and tailor your sessions to fit your specific needs. Heather believes that you are not only a result of your environment, but your environment is a reflection of how you hold your thoughts, schemas and feelings. It is by giving yourself permission to look at the more difficult aspects of your life that allow you to move through the pain and into a more abundant and joyous experience; by changing your perspective of your life, you can change your reality.

Heather considers herself to be a person-centered therapist and is empathetic, patient, authentic, non-judgmental and understanding of the need for a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship. She believes her role is to help you acquire tools and skills that will help you learn to problem solve life outside her office. Heather is in her last year of her Master’s in Counseling Psychology program at William Jessup University and feels comfortable working with people from all walks of life, ages, cultures, religions and life problems. Heather looks forward to helping you reach for your dreams and make the most out of your life.

 

 

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.

 


 

 Alice Rodriguez

Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #6094

Certified in Brainspotting

 

Alice would like to help you identify and heal from issues past and present that prevent you from living your best life (including trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, codependency, grief/loss, abuse, self-esteem, and substance abuse/use).  In addition to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),  Alice is trained in other modalities such as Brainspotting (Certification in Brainspotting) and Imago.

Alice strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where you can heal, recognize your strengths, and rebuild relationships.   Alice is committed to walking along side you as you rediscover your truth and resilience and spark joy in your life.

Alice has worked with veterans affected by substance use, mental illness and homelessness and worked with incarcerated women at Folsom Women’s Facility.  

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 connect you to what matters most. 

Alice has a Bachelor's degree from University of California, Davis and a Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling from California State University, Sacramento.   Alice is passionate about working with people of all ages, genders, social and cultural backgrounds. With empathy and understanding, Alice will work with you to accomplish your individual therapy goals.  Alice is currently accepting new clients.


 

Jason Markel
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #112170
Supervised by Darla Gale, LMFT #92413

 

Jason believes healing starts with making an authentic, trusted connection between client and therapist and focuses heavily on making sure his clients feel heard, valued, and welcome. He will incorporate various aspects from multiple therapeutic modalities so that he and his client(s) can customize a treatment path specifically for the client's needs and interests. He began working in the counseling field in 2001 while earning his undergraduate degree at Dominican University of  California in Marin County. Over the years, Jason has used his passion for helping others in a variety of ways: as a life coach, massage therapist, energy worker and social services counselor, to name a few. He completed his Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and has actively been seeing clients since 2017. He believes in working with people from a holistic perspective: body, mind and spirit. He works with individuals, couples and families. Jason has a deep desire to help others heal, grow and thrive!

 

Denise Leonard

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

Denise is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee and will receive her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Science at Capella University in March of 2020. She is a Presidents Award 4.0 GPA recipient and is a member of the Delta Kappa International Marriage and Family Honor Society, Chi Sigma Lota, and Capella University’s Chi Upsilon Chi Chapter of Scholastic and Professional Excellence. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from William Jessup University in 2015. 

Denise is passionate about assisting individuals, couples, families in divorce, blended families, and those amid career struggles; providing a safe therapeutic and non-judgmental environment. Her experience includes treating depression, anxiety, trauma, academic challenges, low self-esteem, grief, relationship issues, and supporting those struggling with identifying as LGBTQ. Denise works from a strength-based position, assisting clients in finding their individual positive qualities and experiences utilizing various counseling approaches to assist clients in their specific needs.  Her counseling experience includes working with at-risk children/adolescents and their families also integrating guitar and voice to support therapeutic efforts. She also works as a family specialist using musical interventions to assist youth in integrating back into the school setting.

 

 

 

Jason Wilson

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

Jason Wilson is a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee and Professional Clinical Counselor trainee.  He is due to finish his Master’s in Counseling Psychology at William Jessup University towards the end of 2020.  He is a husband, son, and father of three rambunctious boys.  Jason is a Christian and is able to incorporate biblical concepts if the client desires this.  However, he loves meeting and working with people of all different faiths, cultures and sexual orientations.

Humor is a big part of Jason’s personal life and feels that humor is a necessary element that allows us to find joy in the darkest moments of our life.  It is not the big events of joy that sustain us, but the minor day to day chuckles we share with friends, family, and those who we are close to.

Jason believes that the most important part of the therapeutic process is having a genuine, safe, nonjudgmental and caring relationship with his clients.  His favorite thing about therapy is getting the opportunity to go on a life changing adventure with his clients and being there to cheer them on as they achieve their own success and find some sense of joy.  While pain and suffering might be an inescapable part of life, pain does not need to be a bad thing.  It is in our pain that we grow and develop as a person, and we all have the choice in what direction we grow.  Jason looks forward to being there with his clients as they decide what paths they decide to tackle in their adventures towards finding peace, happiness, or whatever it is his clients seek.

When Jason is not scratching his head over his three boys’ antics, he loves to participate in hobbies such as cinema, comic books, and reading.  He also loves gold panning, riding motorcycles, dogs, reptiles, fish, or hanging up a hammock while drifting off into his own imagination.

“Don’t let pain define you, let it refine you.”  Tim Fargo

 

 

Megan McColley

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

Megan is a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee with a passion for working with individuals and families to overcome the difficult seasons of life we may encounter at times. Her goal is to provide support, hope, and healing to each client and family through a collaborative and encouraging therapeutic relationship. In whatever difficulties you or your family find yourselves, Megan's mission is always to encourage and support you while working together to provide healing to you and or your family.

Megan has over 6 years of working with children from different traumatic and diverse populations. Having worked in a school setting, Megan has an understanding about school systems and has knowledge about intellectual disabilities, behavioral difficulties, mental health diagnosis, as well as IEPs. She encourages a strong family support in order to have the best opportunity in working with teens and children. Megan enjoys working with different ages, backgrounds, and cultures.

 

Jennifer LaVancha

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

Jennifer LaVancha is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who believes that every person has something valuable to offer the world that is uniquely theirs. She believes that many times people haven’t been given the tools, resources, or support necessary to embrace their full potential. Jennifer believes that regardless of your life experiences, it takes a tremendous amount of courage to reach out for help when life becomes too difficult. She wants to join with you during your heavy season by creating a safe space, just for you, to be heard and understood. She wants to help you recognize and challenge unhelpful thoughts and to support you while you work through past and present traumas.

In 2016 Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Minor in Human and Family Development from Arizona State University. She is currently in her last year of graduate studies at Pepperdine University. She is set to graduate with her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in July of 2020. Her academic training in providing support and counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups has prepared her to work with various populations.

Growing up, Jennifer watched as her parents provided a loving home to children in the foster care system. This has contributed to her interest in working with children in foster care as well as at-risk youth, their families and trauma victims. However, her genuine curiosity, compassion, open-mindedness, and non-judgmental approach, as well as excellent communications skills, allows her to work effectively with clients from various backgrounds and age groups.

Jennifer considers herself a person-centered therapist; however, she finds that taking elements from various approaches help to customize treatment plans to the needs of her clients. She possesses the ability to connect with individuals and establish trusting relationships quickly. She believes that the relationship between client and therapist is an essential part of the therapy process. Her focus is to foster a safe environment, working with each individual to develop plans to improve their quality of life.

Jennifer has been married for eight years and has three children. In her spare time, she loves to read and journal while drinking a great cup of coffee. You might catch her bike riding, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family. She loves to travel and be outdoors. Jennifer is originally from Central Florida and is a huge Disney fan!

 

 

Monica Currier

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

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers

Monica Currier is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who will complete her Master of Arts in Counseling in May 2020.  As humans, we are not immune to suffering and pain. Sometimes we feel stuck and are helped by a counselor who walks the path with us toward better relationships with ourselves, others, and even God. Monica understands the fear that often comes with the start of therapy. It takes courage to walk through the door and into the unknown. Is change possible? What may await on the other side? Each person is capable of change, and what awaits is hope, healing, growth, and greater insight into the unique gift you are to the world. Though change can be difficult, it is worth the effort. Monica has walked through seasons of fear, pain, and change. She has experienced the transformative power of a safe, non-judgmental, and empathetic therapeutic relationship. There is a sacred space between counselor and client, and Monica honors that space.  Monica will strive to understand you, to hear your story, and to be a sojourner with you on your path toward greater wholeness, peace, joy, and hope.

 

Alyssa Martinez

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

Alyssa is an energetic and compassionate person with a passion for connecting with people.  In sessions, Alyssa strives to provide a safe and non-judgmental space where her clients can be heard.  She believes in building a strong and genuine relationship with her clients.  Whatever the reason you are seeking therapy, Alyssa believes that having someone who listens and is supportive can really make a difference.  Alyssa applies Cognitive Behavioral therapy techniques, which focus on solutions by identifying unuseful behaviors or thought patterns.  Alyssa also uses aspects of Narrative therapy, which acknowledges that every person has a story to tell, and it’s through these stories that we can find solutions and strengths.

 

After receiving her bachelor degree in psychology from the University of California at Davis in 2009, Alyssa worked for several years with children with autism as an ABA behavioral therapist.  She also gained experience working for the Folsom Cordova School District as an aid for children with moderate to severe special needs.  She is currently completing her last year of graduate studies at Pepperdine University, where she is working towards a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy.  

 

Alyssa has been married for 6 years and has three children.  She enjoys playing with her two dogs, baking, and yoga.  She is very active, not only because she is raising three children, but also because of her endeavors to try new activities, including ziplining, ice hockey, and paddle board yoga.  Alyssa also enjoys being outdoors, whether that’s going on nature walks, hiking, or camping. 

 

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending”

                        -C.S.Lewis

 

 

Sara Kassabian, M.A.

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #92080
Supervised by Darla Gale, LMFT #92413

Sara had the desire placed in her heart very early on to help those struggling and unable to experience life at its best. She believes that no matter what it is that a person is facing, with proper support it is not too big to be dealt with. Although one may feel alone in their situation, there is always hope and healing waiting for them if they just reach out. Through both personal and professional experience, Sara is equipped to support and guide those struggling with many different issues including: anxiety, self-esteem and identity issues, difficult friend/family relationships, couple/marital conflicts, chronic pain and illness, sexual abuse and trauma, loneliness, depression, and hopelessness. Sara received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from National University. She has been married for 25 years and has one child. She enjoys the beauty of nature and spending time with family, friends, and her pets.

 

 

 

 

 

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