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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.  


    Rachael Uchison

    Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee
    Supervised by Darla Gale, LMFT #92413

    Rachael is a professional clinical couselor trainee finishing up her degree at Walden University. She has worked in the counseling field since she was 20 years old and has loved every second of it. Her process is to help her clients learn how to own their story and work through any current or previous trauma they have experienced. Rachael has worked extensively with people diagnosed with different mental illnesses and has helped these clients gain more control over their lives. It is very easy to let a mental health diagnosis control your life, but with the right help, you can learn how to manage it and still live a very happy life.

    Rachael has experience working with severely troubled teenagers, their family members, and adults with mental illnesses and past trauma. She offers a compassionate understanding, knowing full well that every client deals with life’s challenges differently. Her only goal is to help clients find their own unique way to successfully navigate through life. 


    Jenny Clearwater

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

    Our wisdom does not just come from what we learn. It also comes from what we unlearn."
    ~ Cleo Wade, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life

    Jenny is a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee in her final year of graduate school at Pepperdine University. She received her undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in education through University of the Pacific and also holds a teaching credential in the state of California. 

    In addition to her educational experience, Jenny has other life experiences that will inform her work with clients, including time spent as a classroom teacher and an educational consultant, as well as experience parenting as both a stay-at-home mom and a working mom.

    Jenny believes in every person’s ability to heal and is honored to walk alongside people as they embark on this healing journey. She knows that healing requires both the learning of new, productive skills and strategies as well as the unlearning of patterns and thought processes that are no longer helpful. Jenny is passionate about providing a welcoming and nonjudgmental space for people to explore their challenges. She is committed to helping individuals, couples, families, and those in the LGBTQIA+ community navigate challenges relating to anxiety, depression, identity concerns, and self-esteem issues. Jenny hopes to work cooperatively with clients in order to tap into their unique strengths and help them to expand their personal and relational wisdom.

    On a personal note, Jenny loves spending time with her two daughters, extended family, close friends, and rescue pup. She enjoys yoga, meditation, hiking, reading, and time spent at the beach.


    Lindsey Wilson

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

    Lindsey Wilson is an MFT Trainee and graduate student studying Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. She graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. 

    Lindsey has a humanistic, person-centered approach to treatment that incorporates narrative therapy techniques and utilizes mindfulness and creative expression in order to help clients heal and grow. She believes the therapeutic relationship can serve as a springboard for emotional healing, self-discovery, and an increased sense of trust and wellbeing. She strives to take a holistic approach to treatment that factors in all the different systems and environments that may be impacting an individual.

    Lindsey is passionate about working with teens, adults, and families on issues such as depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship issues, spirituality, grief, and stress. She is honored to walk alongside clients on their healing journey and recognizes the bravery it takes to begin treatment.  

    To relax and unwind, Lindsey enjoys reading, writing, cooking, painting, meditation, and spending time with her family. 

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    Ravi Sincerny

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

    Ravi Sincerny is an MFT trainee in the final year of her Master's program at Touro University Worldwide.

    She has a strong desire to work with those impacted by depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, relationship challenges, low self-esteem, stress management, and loss. As a former law enforcement officer with over 10 years' experience, Ravi understands the stressors experienced by first responders and their loved ones.

    Ravi uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients change the harmful thoughts that lead to unwanted behaviors. She also appreciates the technique of narrative therapy, which focuses on the stories we tell ourselves, and creating a new narrative more beneficial to our personal growth. Ravi does not believe there is one single therapeutic approach that works for everyone and will work to find the best approach for each person’s unique situation. She creates a warm, respectful, trusting environment where you can speak freely without the risk of judgement and begin the process of healing.

    Personally, Ravi enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. She enjoys yoga, exercise, reading, writing children’s stories and being outdoors.


    Tessa Tafarrodi

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

    Tessa Tafarrodi is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee (MFT Trainee). She is in her final year of her Master's Program at William Jessup University. She received her undergraduate degree at William Jessup University, graduating with her BA in Psychology with a focus in Clinical and Developmental studies. In addition, Tessa has a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Behavioral Sciences. She is passionate about helping all kind of individuals, whether it be youth, adolescents, families, or couples, on a personal and individualized level.

    Tessa will show unconditional positive regard in a non-judgmental, safe atmosphere where you feel seen, heard, and valued. Tessa is dedicated to being an extension of the community's mental health resources offered to individuals seeking effective psychotherapy. Tessa desires to come alongside you in a powering and supportive way that will help you process and heal whatever is at hand. Through genuine honor, empathy, and trust, Tessa would be happy to come along side your journey in life to help you in any way you may need. 

    In her free time, Tessa loves spending time with her family and her dogs!


    Kimberlee Beath

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

    “Vulnerability is not a weakness; it’s our most accurate measure of courage.” -Brene Brown

     Kimberlee is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who is in her final year of her master’s program at William Jessup University.  She hopes to use both what she has learned in the classroom and her lived life experiences to support others.

    Kimberlee is passionate about providing a safe, warm, nonjudgmental space where one can face life challenges.  She sees the process of walking alongside those in their own healing journey as an honor. 

    Kimberlee naturally recognizes the innate strengths in others and seeks to build on them while enhancing their resiliency.  While she takes an integrated approach to therapy, she draws most often from a person-centered, narrative approach. 

    Personally, Kimberlee loves spending time with her family, friends, and dogs.  She also enjoys traveling and exploring new places.


    Marla Christensen

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

    Marla is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee (MFT Trainee) in her final year of graduate school at Pepperdine University. She received her Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate degree from California State University, Chico. She is passionate about continually learning and growing both in her educational pursuits and in life.

    Additionally, Marla has life experiences in parenting for over two decades, divorce, blended family life, betrayal. trauma, and living with family members navigating life with addiction, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. She also understands the complexities that culture, religion, and socioeconomic status can create in life.

    Marla believes in a collaborative approach to therapy that focuses on a client's strengths and encourages the growth of new patterns and skills for overcoming personal obstacles. She focuses on a biopsychosocial approach to help individuals achieve personal healing and growth. Marla feels strongly that a safe, non-judgmental, positive client-therapist relationship is the catalyst for hope and change.

    On a personal level, Marla loves spending time with her large blended family and friends. She
    enjoys hiking, the redwoods, northwest coastal beaches, baking, long car drives, and binging a
    good Netflix series.

    Kerry M

    Kerry Mangalindan

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

    The future may bring you darkness, but it can’t take away your ability to create light.” Phil Stutz and Barry Michels

    Kerry is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee in the final year of her Master’s degree in Psychology (with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy) at the University of Massachusetts Global. She received her Undergraduate degree in Education and her Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from McGill University. She has spent much of her career in the helping field, be it as a teacher or a coach.

    Kerry is passionate about walking with people on their journey to self-awareness, understanding, growth, and change. She strives to do so in a trusting, safe, and non-judgmental environment. She believes that we are not broken, flawed, or damaged because of the challenges we experience. We are human, and our lived experience is unique to us. For Kerry, therapy is the process of helping people understand their unique experiences and developing the skills and tools necessary to handle their challenges. Kerry feels privileged to be able to join people on their path to discovery and holds hope for her clients throughout the process. 

    Kerry uses a person-centered approach that focuses on the needs of the client, identifying their strengths, and empowering them to see that they hold the power within to enact change. This will often include a cognitive, behavioral, and narrative therapy methodology which will allow clients to consider a new perspective and alter their thoughts and emotions, leading to more positive behaviors.

    On a personal note, Kerry enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, being active, and getting outdoors, especially with her dog, a lovable goofball Irish Setter!  


    Dixie Ocampo

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

    Dixie is a Marriage and Family and Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee (MFT/PCC). She received her undergraduate degree at California State University, Sacramento, graduating with her BA in Psychology. She is in her final year of her Master's Program at UMass Global.

    Dixie is empathetic, respectful, listens well, and is nonjudgmental. After college, she worked at a local high school, where she acquired experience working with youth and adolescents. 

    She strongly desires to work with those impacted by anxiety, low self-esteem, and stress management. She creates a safe, warm, and trusting environment where clients express themselves and begin their healing journey. 

    In her free time, Dixie loves traveling, reading a book at the beach, hiking, and spending time with family, friends, and their dog.  

    She looks forward to supporting you in your journey.

    Sarah Ray

    Sarah Ray

    Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee 
    Supervised by Darla Gale, LMFT #92413

    Sarah is a professional clinical counselor trainee finishing up her degree at Walden University. She hopes to use both her classroom knowledge and lived experiences to support others on their journey.

    Sarah has always been an intuitive, sensitive person, drawn to working directly with people. She is passionate about creating a safe place for other to be exactly who they are, a space to ground, connect, explore, feel, and maybe even laugh a little along the way.

    Personally, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs. She enjoys traveling anywhere there’s a beach and loves taking walks with her pups. 


    Alta Briggs

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

    You do not just wake up and become the butterfly, growth is a process” – Rupi Kuar

    Alta is a graduate student pursuing her master’s in counseling psychology at National University training to become a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). She completed her undergraduate studies at Sacramento State University where she earned her bachelor’s in Psychology.

    Alta strives to radiate compassion, patience, warmth, and empathy with all her clients. Through unconditional positive regard, she accepts you as you are while also encouraging you to become the best version of yourself. She is passionate about helping people of all ages and walks of life to feel heard, understood, and supported on their personal journeys of healing and growth. Working together to create goals, Alta would be overjoyed to help you cultivate the personal tools you need to achieve your goals while cheering you on every step of the way. She recognizes that therapy is just as unique as each individual client and sensitively considers your personal needs, beliefs, and desires. Therapy can be a roller coaster, and deciding to get on the ride by seeking support is an incredible step toward your personal growth. Alta is proud of you and ready to be there with you through the ups and downs that life has to offer.

    In her free time, Alta loves spending time with friends and family, exploring the outdoors, yoga, swimming, kayaking, photography, crafting, writing, and gardening.

    Alyssa Garza

    Alyssa Garza

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

    Alyssa Garza is a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee. She is in her final year at Pepperdine University, getting her Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She received her BA in Early Childhood Studies from Sonoma State University.

    She has an extensive background working with children and adolescents. While she takes an integrative approach, Alyssa utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategy to reduce harmful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. She has a strong desire to work with those impacted by anxiety, depression, and emotional regulation. She is passionate about connecting and collaborating with her clients during their healing journey.

    On a personal note, Alyssa loves to travel and visit as many countries as possible. She loves spending time at the beach, going to concerts, and spending time with her family and mini Aussie shepherd, Twix!

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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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