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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
    Certified First Responder Counselor

    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.  


    Heather Moore
    Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, #118942
    Trained in Brainspotting phase 1 and 2
    Life Coach, Trauma-Informed Counseling, Person-Centered Therapist

    Are you ready for deep transformation and healing?  do you feel like you are going through some sort of an awakening? Heather can help you. Thoughts become things. How you hold your thoughts and your emotions within your mind creates the architecture for how you experience life. Heather is so very passionate about helping people reach a place where they become their truest version of self. When you fall away the faulty belief systems, conditioned programming from childhood and poorly constructed internal schemas, and family of origin patterning, an opportunity to unfold love, peace, health and wealth presents itself. Are you ready to invest back into you? Within every experience is the opportunity to grow, heal and evolve yourself. Through understanding the larger patterning in your life and family dynamic,
    together you and Heather will explore the unique puzzle pieces that are YOU. Heather will help you find your voice, your purpose, and make meaning out of your experiences. Through this process ,you can move mountains in your life. You have the power to heal yourself. Heather's job is to guide you. Through this path, issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and any other emotionally charged issues can be healed, transfigured and optimized for your highest good.

    Heather is excited to work with you and help you navigate this journey called Human Consciousness.

    Heather has  a Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology from William JessupUniversity. She is trained in Brainspotting Phase 1 and Phase 2 and is also close to licensure in the State of California.

    Jason Wilson

    Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #124465
    Professional Counselor Trainee
    Under the direct supervision of
    Darla L. Gale MA, LMFT #92413

    Jason Wilson is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.  Jason utilizes a therapy dog named Arlo in some of his sessions.  Arlo is often referred to as Jason’s co-therapist. He is a chocolate Labrador retriever who loves everyone.  There are no strangers in Arlo’s life only friends he hasn’t met yet.  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 wish to tackle in their adventures towards finding peace, happiness, or whatever it is his clients seek.

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

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

    Emily is an MFT trainee with the desire to work with individuals, couples, and families through a multitude of life’s challenges. She believes in a strong therapeutic relationship where clients feel safe and supported. Emily works to build a collaborative relationship with clients using an integrative approach to therapy. She believes in a strength-based approach to counseling and empowering clients.

    Emily is a master’s student in her third year at Palo Alto University earning her degree in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also a member of Chi Sigma Iota, counseling honors society. After earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology, Emily spent three years working with youth survivors of human trafficking. Emily also has experience working with youth struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD and youth who identify as LGBTQ+. Emily has also worked in a community mental health setting with adults and is trained in trauma informed care and dialectical behavior therapy. 

    In her free time Emily enjoys the outdoors, camping, kayaking, and gardening. She also enjoys walks with her rescued border collie mix, painting and cooking.   

    Kristy Taylor
    Associate Marriage and Family Therapist  #130076
    Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #10863
    Supervised by Darla Gale, LMFT #92413

    Kristy has completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology program at William Jessup University and is currently an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor and an Associate Marriage and Family Counselor..  Kristy graduated from William Jessup University with a BS in Counseling Psychology, graduating summa cum laude. She also has AAs in Chemical Dependency and Psychology from American River College. Kristy is trained in brainspotting.

    Kristy has had a passion for psychology since the tender age of eight years old, and she continues to have a fascination for the and why it does what it does. She believes that early life experiences shape the foundation for future emotional, mental, and physical health, and repairing the damage done in those early years is vital for improved health and happiness as an adult. One definition of “happiness” is “a sense of dignity and self-worth.” Kristy believes that more people could use a positive “sense of dignity and self-worth” and she would like to help them achieve that end.

    As a Christian and Interfaith Chaplain volunteer at a hospital, Kristy has had many opportunities to visit patients of all faiths, orientations, conditions, and outcomes. Whether working through grief, trauma, addiction, OCD, anxiety, depression, or anything else, she believes that where there is a will, there is a way. Therapy requires teamwork, commitment, and effort in order to see positive results. And sometimes, it has to get worse before it gets better. But either way, Kristy would like to meet you where you are, find out where you would like to go, and then help you create a plan to get there that is compatible with your circumstances. C.S. Lewis once wrote, “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can change the ending.”

    When not in the office, and because of an overabundance of empathy, Kristy finds joy in her many animals, and participating in various rescue efforts along the way. Fur or feathers, it doesn’t matter - they are all loved by her. As part of her regular self-care routine, she frequently drags willing (and sometimes unwilling!) friends to the hiking trails around the Placer and El Dorado County areas to recharge her soul and find peace. A satisfied introvert, Kristy also finds joy in writing novels and stories, reading a good book, and finding humor in as many areas of life as possible. Kristy believes in the motto: “The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.” (Marjorie Pay Hinckley).

    “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.” (Alma 37:6)

    Rebekah Shurtleff

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

    Rebekah Shurtleff is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee and Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee.  She is in her last year of a dual Masters at Brandman University. Rebekah's undergraduate studies concentrated in Child Development and Psychology with emphasis in Human Development and Social Change. Rebekah desires to work with individuals, couples, children, families, veterans, seniors and the elderly.  She is passionate about helping families heal and create healthy relationships. Rebekah will work with children experiencing distress, trauma, educational and behavioral concerns using family system supports. She also works with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, illnesses, employment related distress, career counseling and grief.  

    Rebekah has over 25 years of experience working with children, parents and families of a variety of social and economic backgrounds. Rebekah is trained in the Infant and Toddler Care and California Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning which focuses on the importance of child development, culture, and change behaviors. Rebekah believes therapy is an equal partnership on a journey to discover insight, healing, and hope. C.S. Lewis said, "You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending".  Rebekah will join you on your unique journey to achieve your goals. Rebekah focused on safety, confidentiality and working together to implement solutions and new life skills.  She uses cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, family systems theory and brief solution focused therapy. Rebekah works with all ages, culture, genders, faiths, and economic background and welcomes you to your first step of healing. Rebekah has a passion for learning through continual education, reading, and training.  Rebekah practices self care through connection with her family including her four adult children, hiking and practicing mindfulness. 

    "Maybe the journey isn't so much about becoming anything.  Maybe it is about un-becoming everything that isn't really you so you can be who you were meant to be. - author unknown 


    Janelle Stepper

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

    Janelle is an MFT trainee in her third year of graduate school at Palo Alto University. She is passionate about helping people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, loss, self-esteem issues, life transitions, identity concerns, issues related to sex and sexuality, post-traumatic stress, relationship concerns, and helping those who have experienced sexual abuse.  Lastly, Janelle enjoys working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

     Janelle’s primary therapeutic approach aligns with Narrative Therapy, which focuses on the stories we tell ourselves, and so often, the stories others have told us about ourselves. Other approaches Janelle utilizes with her clients are Attachment Theory and Internal Family Systems Therapy. Janelle doesn’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach to counseling and will work with her clients to create an individualized treatment plan for their specific needs.  Janelle is also trained in Brainspotting, a powerful modality that can help access and heal trauma.

     Janelle desires to come alongside you in an empowering and supportive way to help you process and heal whatever you are going through.  Janelle will take a collaborative approach to counseling and build upon your strengths and special abilities when working with you. Through empathy, trust, and unconditional positive regard, Janelle desires to create a space where you are seen, heard, and feel safe to fully be yourself.  Janelle would be happy to accompany you on your journey and would be honored to hear whatever you would like to tell her with an open heart and mind.


    Melanie Knapp

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

    “Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.” Brené Brown

    Melanie is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who hopes to use what she has
    learned from the classroom, as well as lived experiences, to support others as they face
    their own life challenges. She is in her final year of the Master’s in Counseling
    Psychology at William Jessup University. She has volunteered for over ten years with several youth
    organizations, working with both parents, adolescents, and teens. Raising three children of her own,
    she understands the nuances of the parent/child relationship.

    Melanie uses an integrated approach, tailored to the client’s needs, drawing most often from cognitive
    behavior therapy (CBT) and narrative approach. She believes it is never too late to change your story.
    Melanie works to provide a safe, encouraging, and non-judgmental space for her clients.

    On a personal note, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family, cheering for her favorite sports teams,
    reading, and doing puzzles. She has recently welcomed a new puppy to her home, with continued training,
    you may see Miss Lilly in therapy.


    Rozhia Taylor

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

    "Faith motivates us to pursue these goals. Hope leads to expectation, which creates peace, excitement, and health in our minds, thus increasing brain and body health."
    -Caroline Leaf

    It takes incredible strength and courage for a person to take the necessary steps of reclaiming control over their life, mental health, and healing. As a current MFT trainee, Rozhia's passion in life has always been helping people of all ages by understanding and meeting them at whatever stage they're in with compassion and no judgment. Ever since she was a little girl, Rozhia has had a heart for listening to others and has desired to be an instrument of bringing hope, healing, deliverance, and light into other's lives. Through overcoming her own obstacles and experiences in life, Rozhia has found that none of us are alone in what we face and, by joining together, we are stronger to make it through to the other side of a better tomorrow and promising future. 

    Rozhia has received her Associates and Bachelor's of Arts degrees in Psychology, as well as being a member of two different honors societies, Phi Theta Kappa and Golden Key International. She is in her final year of her Master's program at William Jessup University. 

    Using different therapeutic modalities and integrated approaches, Rozhia tailors each therapy plan to suit the client's needs and find the best approach to facilitate success for her clients and their future. She believes strongly in the client-therapist relationship and building it on a foundation of trust, respect, and security. Rozhia values the importance of helping her clients have hope, feel valued, shown empathy, and given unconditional positive regard. An environment of peace to facilitate healing is always the expectation when a client comes in. 

    In her spare time, Rozhia loves spending time with her husband, being intentional with loved ones, traveling, making music on the piano, singing, writing, reading, playing games, and receiving cuddles from her fur kiddos. 


    Danielle Olson

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

    Danielle Olson is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee (MFT-Trainee). She is in her final year of her Master’s Program at the University of San Francisco. Danielle received her undergraduate degree at Azusa Pacific University, graduating with her BA in Psychology. She wants to help individuals, youth, families, and couples get to know more about themselves on a deeper level, as well as help individuals heal and grow. 

    Danielle will hold a non-judgmental, safe space where you will be seen, heard, and valued. Emotions and life can be extremely hard to handle alone. She’s hoping she can help you unravel all of the complexities life has to offer while looking into one’s thought patterns, beliefs, and relationships. 

    In her spare time, Danielle enjoys sewing, hanging out with friends, going to concerts, and reading."


    Deana Sellarole

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

    Deana is a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee whose goal is to make herself unnecessary to her clients by providing a safe space to work through whatever is tough in their lives while providing support, encouragement, and tools to promote their wellness. She believes counseling is a wonderful opportunity to discover more about who you are, what you want, and how you want to live. Deana is attentive, approachable, and values making a strong connection with her clients—individuals, couples, and families. She looks forward to a client eventually telling her “I’ve got this!” because progress was made working together.

    Deana is completing her final year of the Master of Arts in Counseling program from Palo Alto University. Deana has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communications from San Jose State University. Besides her education, Deana has had many life experiences, including having a career in digital marketing in Silicon Valley, being a stay-at-home mom as well as a working parent, owning a small business, volunteering in the emergency department at the local Dignity Health Mercy hospital, working as a caretaker to families in need, and experiencing plenty of ups and downs along the way that life tends to throw at you. 

    On a personal note, Deana is happiest when she gets time to hang out with her husband, 3 teenage kids, extended family, or friends because connections are so important to her. And if there is a grilled cheese sandwich involved, even better!

    Golara P

    Golara Parsapour

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

    Self-discovery begins with your journey within. Golara believes in the power of transformation and healing that can provide the change that you desire within yourself. She is a believer in human potential and the opportunity one has to truly heal themselves. Golara has experience in mindfulness, yoga, meditation, and life transitions. With human kindness, empathy, and respect, she believes that each person’s journey is unique and requires a path that is suitable for them. Golara is bilingual in Farsi and has immense experience in cultural differences and ethnic backgrounds. The connection between the mind and body is powerful and, with guided practice, it will give you the opportunity to change your inner and outer world. Your thoughts, your actions, and your mindset can create your reality. Golara has a passion to walk with you through your path, teach you skills, and understand your world from your eyes to help you find and create the life you have been longing for."

    “be the change you wish to see in the world” -Gandhi


    Veronica Hagen

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

      ~ Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of "You're not alone." –Brene Brown

    Veronica is an MFT trainee in the final year of the Master of Arts, Counseling program at Western Seminary.  She believes the foundation of the therapeutic journey is a collaborative relationship between the therapist and client.  Veronica is passionate about providing a safe and inviting environment for clients to be heard, seen, and known by holding space to share their stories, gain insights, and assign new meaning to their experiences.  We all have a story within us, providing a framework to understand ourselves and to be understood by others.  Veronica approaches clients with genuineness, warmth, empathy, and humility.  She has compassion for coming alongside people going through life's trials and transitions and applauds their courage to take that first step and reach out for help. 

    Veronica believes that a big part of our healing is learning to embrace and make peace with our stories' messy and not-so-perfect parts and cultivating self-compassion.  What if we could slow down, be curious, and show ourselves the same compassion, empathy, forgiveness, and grace we show others?  Self-compassion enhances resiliency, which is our ability to adapt and bounce back when life doesn't go as planned.  Being resilient helps us tell our story in a new way that honors our past yet empowers us to move forward.  

    Veronica has been a law enforcement wife for 20 years and understands the unique challenges of being a first responder family.  She treasures family time with her husband, two boys, and their adorable (and very spoiled) yellow lab!  Investing in her relationships and staying connected to family and friends is very important.  She enjoys thrift shopping, taking trips with her family, watching her boys' soccer games, reading, and listening to music in her free time. 


    Jade Martin

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

    Jade Martin is a graduate degree student at William Jessup University. She is currently striving to obtain her masters in counseling psychology. She has also earned her undergraduate  degree in psychology from William Jessup University as well.

    Jade is incredibly passionate about working with children and survivors of trauma and hopes to use her personal and professional experience to make positive changes in the community.

    In addition to being a therapist and student, Jade works full time as a social worker for child welfare and loves serving families in this capacity. While she is quite a busy bee, in her spare time Jade enjoys writing novels and visiting with her friends. She looks forward to meeting you! 

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    Kristen Williams

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

    Kristen Williams is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who is passionate about helping others through difficult times in their lives. She is compassionate and caring and strives to convey warmth, acceptance, and empathy to those who are hurting. We all have things in our lives that are difficult to deal with but having someone walk beside you to offer support and guidance is a positive step in helping you reach your goals. Kristen believes everyone has value and a purpose and sees each person as a unique individual who is deserving of respect. This will guide her therapeutic treatment. She is drawn to a holistic and integrative approach that addresses the mind, body, spirit, and social aspects of one’s life and prefers to focus on strengths, goals, encouragement, and positive qualities while working on the things that need to be changed.  Therapy is a team effort and a partnership between the counselor and the client. Therefore, a strong, collaborative therapeutic relationship is a top goal for her in helping clients achieve health in their lives.

    It is her desire to provide a comfortable, non-judgmental environment with authenticity, patience, and respect so that her clients may discover the tools and resources that they can take with them to use throughout their lives. She has a heart for those suffering from traumas of all kinds and those struggling with substance abuse and addictions. She has 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 and trauma. She has knowledge and experience with anxiety and depression, trauma, ADHD, has a Christian counseling background, and is pursuing a certificate in Addiction Studies. Having been born with a congenital heart defect, she understands medical trauma, chronic health issues, and how Covid-19 and other risk factors are affecting those who are high risk.

    Kristen has been married for over 26 years and has a son, a daughter, and a new son-in-law. She loves animals and believes they are wonderful for therapy as well as being great companions. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, gardening, DIY projects, volunteering in various capacities, outdoor activities such as boating, paddleboarding, and hiking and spending time with family and friends.

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