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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.  


    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!


    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. Golara is a believer in human potential and the opportunity one has to truly heal themself. Golara has experience in mindfulness, yoga, meditation, and life transitions. With human kindness, empathy, and respect, Golara 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 is passionate 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! 


    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. 


    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.

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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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