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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.  


    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.


    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!


    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! 


    Kyla Brown

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

    Kyla is an MFT trainee in her final year of her Master’s program at the University of Massachusetts Global. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Work at the University of Massachusetts as well. 

    Therapy can support in navigating tough emotions, getting unstuck through life’s challenges, and learning more about ourselves and others. Kyla’s goal is to provide a safe and supportive therapeutic environment for her clients that fosters empowerment and healing. She is naturally nonjudgmental, approachable, genuine, and empathetic.  She believes in an integrative approach to therapy that is tailored to her client’s needs.  

    Kyla is passionate about working with individuals, families, couples, and the LGBTQIA+ community through numerous challenges that can come up in life. 

    In addition to her studies in Psychology, Kyla is a birth doula and has a passion for supporting people on the journey of becoming parents. She also has a unique understanding of raising blended families and has compassion for the challenges that can arise. 

    On a personal note, Kyla enjoys natural living and taking care of her small farm consisting of two Great Pyrenees pups, goats, and chickens. Kyla also has personal experience with mindfulness, meditation, and somatic dance movement. 


    Rachael Uchison

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

    Rachael is a clinical mental health counselor 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. 


    Mary Rossitto

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

    Mary Rossitto is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee gaining a Master’s from National University August 2022. Mary is passionate about helping people find a pathway through difficult times by validating their experiences, identifying unhelpful patterns, finding new solutions, and working to heal in the present. Being heard and feeling understood can help a person connect more powerfully in all of their other relationships. Having a place outside of your social network can allow the pressures to be processed in a way that relieves stress from your daily life, as well as your challenging life transitions and relationships. Being able to confront your joy, fears, and pain, can help you process trapped expression and give back your power in life.

    Healing is a process that requires feeling safe in a caring, non-judgmental environment. Each person has their own story to make sense of and befriend. This process can involve the need to verbally and emotionally express what others have not been able to hear. Mary is here to provide the space for you to integrate your mind with your body by learning new awareness and skills in emotional capacity and self-regulation.

    Mary is committed to supporting children, adolescents, adults, elders, couples, and families in the ways that are right for them. She will use several integrated approaches to address the uniqueness of each client, helping support them to create the life they desire. In order to have a rich and fulfilling life, all humans could benefit from improved levels of, communication, conflict navigation, and bonds with loved ones.

    Mary continues to cultivate a strong foundation in transformational work for conducting therapy by the committed study to the resolution of: attachment wounds, interpersonal conflicts, intimate relationship strains, unresolved trauma, chronic pain, grief, societal messaging, family systems, and more.

    In her free time Mary enjoys spending time with friends and family outdoors in the Auburn American River canyon; hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, and rafting. Mary spends time traveling throughout California to explore historical sites while enjoying the food, art, music, and culture. Other hobbies include camping, backpacking, skiing, snow shoeing, yoga, meditation, professional photography, and community volunteerism.

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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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