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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.  

    Alice Rodriguez

    Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #6094

    Certified in Brainspotting; CADC-I

    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. She is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-I).

    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 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

    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.”


    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.

    Heather Moore
    Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, #118942
    Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, #7854

    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

    Thoughts become things. How you hold your thoughts and your emotions within your mind creates the architecture for how you experience life. If your life is a reflection of the connection with your truest selves, what does it say about how connected you are? 

    Heather is so very passionate about helping people reach a place where they become their truest version of self. When you fall away from the faulty belief systems, conditioned programming from childhood and poorly constructed internal schemas, an opportunity to unfold love, peace, health and wealth presents itself. Heather is a huge proponent of self-actualization, or the realization and fulfillment of a person’s optimum potential, and works closely with her clients to guide them through their dark and into their light.

    Heather utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (with a twist) and often incorporates Narrative Therapy, Existential Therapy and Gestalt Therapy, as well as many other modalities. She is also trained in Brainspotting. Each client is different and requires a unique approach that is specific to them. Heather works alongside her clients to create a healing path that supports their optimum potential. Heather’s therapy style is rooted in quantum mechanics, which is the connection between you and your world, and she enjoys teaching her clients how and why their thoughts create their reality through scientifically sound research. Through this path, issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and any other emotionally charged concern can be healed, transfigured and optimized for the client’s highest good.

    Heather is excited to work with you and help you navigate this journey called human consciousness.

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

    Katlin Boas is a Marriage and  Family Therapist Trainee. After completing her BA in psychology, she took three years off and worked with at-risk youth at a transitional shelter, which rekindled her passion to further her education and experience to work with others in ways that foster enduring change. She is able to sit with and work with someone in crisis and believes growth is possible no matter the person's background or present struggle. She has a passion to come along-side anyone, no matter what they may be struggling with, whether it is to learn alternative ways to manage stress or anxiety, or working on communication or other relational difficulties. Katlin has a heart for those who have experienced grief and loss and navigating its challenges, no matter the type of grief they are enduring. She believes that pain and suffering are parts of being human, but so is healing, growth, and hope. She approaches working with others by creating a safe and supportive environment and encouraging the person to gain a deeper awareness of themselves and those around them. No issue or struggle is too small or unimportant to Katlin, and she believes every person is worth being invested in so they can grow and feel more fulfilled in their everyday life, however that may look for them. 

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

    Kristy is in her final year of the Masters in Counseling Psychology program at William Jessup University and is currently a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee (MFT-Trainee).  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)

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

    Kaitlin is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee with a heart to work with children and adolescents as well as individuals, couples, and families. Kaitlin in is her final year at William Jessup University. She completed her undergraduate degree at William Jessup, graduating magna cum laude with her BS in Psychology. Kaitlin is trained in brainspotting.

    Kaitlin has a passion for coming alongside others in their journey and to help promote positive changes and growth while fostering a strong therapeutic relationship. From a young age, she felt that she was put here to help others. As a preschool teacher aide for the past few years, Kaitlin discovered her passion for working with children.  

    In her spare time, Kaitlin likes to travel with her husband, read, and spend time with her family and two fur babies.

    Lisa Villanueva

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

    Lisa is passionate about healing and believes that everyone’s experience is unique and that it is a privilege to engage in someone’s journey with them. Lisa works from a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral approach and a Person-Centered approach where together, through a strong therapeutic relationship, change can happen. Though the effects of our painful experiences can be deeply wounding, Lisa believes there is hope and that through the therapeutic process, different skillsets, and tapping into our internal resources, we are able us to experience and managing our emotions in a way that brings about strength and peace. Lisa believes in protecting the counseling room to be a safe space for vulnerability and creativity. She can provide Christian counseling as well as enjoys working with people of diverse faith backgrounds.

    Lisa has previously worked as a case manager for several years advocating for the various needs of survivors of human trafficking as well as those who are at risk. She adamantly believes in the power of resilience and that it takes courage for those who have experienced trauma along with those who are hurting to be willing to take that first step towards healing.

    Lisa Villanueva is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee and will complete her degree in August of 2021 from Western Seminary. She enjoys working with people of all ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds. In her free time, Lisa loves planned adventures, travelling, dreary winter days, cozy atmospheres and enjoys reading and creating new things.

    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 


    Barbara Hacker

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

    “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” -Mother Teresa

    Areas of Expertise: As a former junior high and high school youth pastor, and a former substitute teacher, Barbara has over 10 years working with children and adolescents. Barbara believes that everyone, especially children, should be able to have a safe space to share their thoughts and emotions without judgement, pressure, or shame. She has experience working with people facing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, school related struggles, ADHD, and addiction. She is passionate about helping people get through life’s challenges, and enjoys using humor and empathy in all situations. Barbara believes that joy and laughter are great building blocks to health, healing, and happiness. She wants all her clients to feel comfortable, safe, heard, and cared for when they are in session with her. Everyone should know that they are strong, important, and capable of anything they put their mind to. She strives to be a cheerleader as well as a voice of reason to all my clients.

    Barbara has a B.S. in Psychology and a Minor in Theology from William Jessup University and is currently working on a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from William Jessup University. 


    Alex Sadri

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

    Alex Sadri is a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee. He is due to complete his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from William Jessup University in early March of 2022. Alex has a background in film, with a B.A. in Cinema-Television from The University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He believes that everyone, despite being faced with life’s challenges, has the power to overcome, rewrite their story and live inspired. Alex’s favorite word is “hope," defined as confidently expecting that something is achievable. As a therapist, he looks forward to working with individuals of all ages, couples and families to improve and heal marriages, navigate life’s struggles, achieve freedom from addiction, heal from trauma and get better as they pursue mental health. Not only is he a therapist, but he is a man passionate about being a husband and dad, community football coach, screenwriter and a big Star Wars fan.


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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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