Team

licensed therapist

CARISA SHERWOOD, M.A., LMFT # 48768

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

“My most valued aspect of the entire counseling process is the therapeutic relationship my clients and I form together as we journey to deeper self-understanding, self-acceptance, and a willingness to learn new ways of being in control.”
-Carisa Sherwood

My Areas of Expertise:

I am a wife and mother of three children that realizes that I have to work on my relationships with my loved ones and friends everyday. I realize it is not something to take for granted.  I have been through a lot in my life and have done a great deal of personal growth. One of the reasons I decided to go into this field was because I have felt like I have been a “therapist” all of my life. I truly care for and have love for all of my clients, friends, family, and all people. Being of multi-cultural descent I feel I relate to all ethnicities, however my main culture is American. I find that I build a solid therapeutic relationship with my clients and your main goal becomes my goal. I will push when I need to push and back off when I need to back off. In my studies, I have knowledge and training in multiple theoretical orientations. However, I do not just practice one, I like to meet with someone first and then match the best method to the individual, couple, or situation. My preferences include experiential, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and structural. My specialties include working with those struggling with personality disorders, LGBTQ, high conflict couples, helping couples build intimacy, sports psychology, teaching effective emotional processing techniques that directly improve reacting emotionally, anger impulses, depression, anxiety, decreasing shame and guilt, and effectively processing grief, loss, abuse, and/or trauma. I take Healthnet Medi-Cal, Anthem Medi-Cal, Magellan, MHN EAP, and Molina Healthcare.

Education: M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University. B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Languages: English

Counselor-therapist

La Tisha San Pedro-Lintag

Office: Sacramento Hwy 50

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee/Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee

“Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness in our lives; it’s the process that teaches us the most about who we are.”
– Brene Brown.

Bio:

I use my professional skills and knowledge along with relevant life experiences in conjunction with a therapeutic approach to teach skills that will help individuals live and behave in ways consistent with their personal values while developing psychological flexibility. I have a passion for working with adolescents & children. I also enjoy working with individuals, couples, & families.

Certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy 
Certified Facilitator: Prepare and Enrich (premarital & marriage)

Education:
Currently enrolled in my final semester at Brandman University; MFT/PCC program
MBA – University of Phoenix
Bachelor of Arts: Government/International Relations – CSU Sacramento
Bachelor of Science: Health and Wellness – Kaplan University

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Tam-me Jackson, M.A.

Offices: Stockton

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist AMFT #99149

“Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.”

–Nelson Mandela

I enjoy serving the people of Stockton, the city and its surrounding communities. I provide a safe, comfortable and confidential environment. I hope to provide guidance, direction and knowledge that will inspire one to live their best life. I plan to maintain an unbiased attitude, ethnical boundaries and respect for all my clients. I encourage self-awareness, attentive listening and healthy relationships to grow, mature and gain strength to obtain physical and emotional wellness as you encounter WHOLENESS and FREEDOM.

Theoretical Approach
I most often use the theoretical approach of Faith Base, Reality and Solution Focus Therapies. I will also apply Cognitive Behavioral and Family Systems Therapies; I will utilize several techniques such a role-play, the empty chair, visual aids, hands on activities and strategies that are appropriate to you and your therapeutic journey to healing, forgiveness and empowerment.

Expertise
I believe my areas of expertise are: Effective/Positive Communication, Marriage/Couples, Family, Domestic Violence, Sexual/Emotional Abuse, Self-Esteem, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management, Stress/Anxiety, Depression and Intellectual Disabilities. I also have some experience in group, grief, LBGTQ and Emotional/Sexual Intimacy.

I accept the following Medi-Cal insurances: Health Plan of San Joaquin, Health Net and Anthem.

Education:

I am currently an on-line doctrine student at Grand Canyon University where I study Organizational Leadership with focus in Christian Ministry. In September of 2016 I received my master’s degree in Marriage Family & Child Therapy from Phoenix University at the Salida, CA. campus; I received a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education form Humphreys College Stockton, CA. finally, I have two Associates Degrees one in Early Childhood Educational from San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA., and Business Administration from Heald Business College the Howard, CA. Campus.

Language: I am fluent in English and semi-fluent in American Sign Language

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Christina Sapata

Office: Stockton

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

“The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our life.”

-Esther Perel

My Areas of Expertise:

Born and raised in Stockton, Ca it has always been my passion to help individuals, couples and families create healthy thriving relationships with themselves and others. I help individuals, couples and families strengthen their relationship with self and others. Everyone, at some point in life, faces difficulties that seem impossible and these times are often unpredictable. It is my goal when working with a new client to establish a therapeutic alliance,
provide a safe/supportive space where self-awareness, skill building and healing can take place. I look forward to helping clients identify goals, identify strengths and utilizing a variety of therapeutic techniques tailored to addressing their needs and issues. The theoretical orientations that I utilize to help clients include that of; Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT).

Education:

Counseling Psychology, MA from the University of San Francisco, Sacramento.
B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento. Mindfulness Fundamentals
Certification and Mindful Educator Essentials Certification from Mindful Schools.

Languages: English

Website:
www.christinadelosangeles.com/

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

COUNSELING SEPARATOR
counselor -spanish

Daniel Cisneros

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor APCC #4136

“Strength does not come from winning, your struggles develop your strengths, when you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that  is STRENGTH.” 

-Mahatma Gandhi

My Areas of Expertise:

I strongly believe that you are your own personal expert and there is no one who knows you better than you know yourself. Despite this, however, there are times in life when you might feel defeated, are going through hardships, feel like life is too difficult and you need someone to help you to find your way. I myself have felt this way in the past and am grateful for that needed that extra support and encouragement.  As a caring, empathetic person and counselor I truly enjoy helping my clients rebuild their strengths and create greater resilience.

I am a National Board Certified bilingual, strength based counselor and my approach to therapy will be based on your individual needs and concerns. The theories and treatment practices I use include Solution Focused Counseling, Humanistic/Person-Centered Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy and Mindfulness Interventions. I have extensive experience working with diverse communities from different ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds including youth, families, adults, adolescents and the LGBTQ community. I am also certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor through the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Education: 

Masters in Science (M.S.) Counseling from California State University, Sacramento and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling(PPS-SC). National Board Cerified (NCC) B.A. in International Relations & Political Science from University of California, Davis.

Languages:  English, Spanish (Native Speaker)

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Bahareh Lazemizadeh

Office: Sacramento Watt Ave

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist # 107271 Associate Professional Clinical Counselor # 5210

“Resilience is born by grounding yourself in your own loveliness, hitting notes you thought were way out of your range.”

-Gregory Boyle

My Areas of Expertise:

I have a wide-ranging background working with Children, adolescence, transitional age youth, and adults in individual, family, couple and group settings. I first learned that I have a passion for working with others through therapeutic approaches 14 years ago. My awareness came through various work and volunteer positions within the Sacramento and Placer area including The Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Folsom State Prison, Marin Shakespeare for Social Justice, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and multiple local high schools. In 2018 as requirement to my completion of my Masters, I had the opportunity to write and publish a thesis that researched the theory of hyper-labeling and the individuation process behind dismantling the barriers that exclude a person and help them discover their true sense of self. Throughout my experiences I have enjoyed being able to develop rapport with a diverse client population and can notably hold a space for each individual and group I work with through patience. My belief is that every individual’s life merits their own individuation process, and if given the privilege to be of support a person in their therapeutic process, I embrace it from an array of therapeutic approaches.  I believe in the alliance that a therapist and client hold, which taps into the awareness that both carry wounds, and both hold undiscovered and unexpressed potentials. Through this capacity to see the client, we can begin to create the safe, non-stigmatizing, non-judgmental alliance needed for change and healing.

Education: 

Masters of Arts in counseling psychology; Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counseling, and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University Sacramento. Associate of Arts in Social Sciences from Sacramento City College.

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Laurie C. Birney

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist IMF #82802

“A healer is not someone that you go to for healing. A healer is someone that triggers within you, your own ability to heal yourself..”

– Unknown Author

My Areas of Expertise:

Life is a beautiful gift full of contrast, challenges, love, and abundance. It provides the opportunities to make mistakes, to learn and grow, and to become who you truly are meant to be. I have come to understand, through my own experiences that our feelings and emotions are our guidance system; they show us when we are on the right track (feeling good) and when we are off-track (feeling bad). Life experiences tend to cause us to disconnect from our guidance system and become reactive to our current experience. Our individuality gets lost and we tend to identify ourselves by our mistakes, failures, or labels; these things do not define us.

My work in counseling includes meeting my clients where they are emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, and build a non-judgmental, therapeutic relationship based on acceptance, safety, equality, and honesty.  I strive to work collaboratively, offering tools, skills, processes and new perspectives to explore and implement in their daily lives. I have an eclectic theoretical orientation utilizing tools and methods from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Tapping, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  I work with individuals, couples, families, teens and adolescents who want or need guidance and support with trauma, anxiety, depression, physical and mental health diagnoses, PTSD, grief, personal and social relationship struggles, personality disorders, self-harm, sexuality, and body issues.

Education:

M.A. Behavioral Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, National University.  B.A. Behavioral Psychology, National University

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

COUNSELING SEPARATOR
Sacramento Therapist

Denise Berkes-Sanchez

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist IMF# 92517

Since 2013 I have been honored to be helping clients work on some of the most challenging aspects of their lives, their heart and their mind. Helping people become the person they want to be is a shared goal I have with my clients.

“When we are no longer able to change our situation, we are then challenged to change ourselves” 

-Victor Frankl

Special Areas of Interest

For Individuals: Depression, Anxiety, Working through past traumas, Chronic Pain, Physical Disability and Illness, Grief, Bullying/Harassment (school or workplace.) Self-care for caretakers and persons in high stress and trauma related jobs **

** i.e. Emergency Service Providers, Medical Service Providers, Law Enforcement, and other careers that can really impact ones emotional wellbeing. Some other notable examples include Child Life Specialists, Morticians and a wide variety of Mental Health Service Providers.

For Couples: Pre-Marital and Pre-Cohabitation, Reestablishing the bond between couples.

For Families: Helping improve the quality of relationships and strengthen familial bonds.

Since you are an individual, when you go into therapy it will be catered to you. I use techniques from a

variety of backgrounds including; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

(DBT), Mindfulness, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) , Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused

and others. I am drawn to Attachment based theories, systemic theories and applying a trauma focused lens through any theory I use since trauma is usually the underlying cause for so many issues people face.

For more information about how I practice therapy and some FAQ’s feel free to look at my site at

http://www.berkes.sanchez.com

(I only see clients at Life Practice counseling, my site is for informational purposes only.)

Education: 

Languages:  English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Russian Therapist

Anna Pavlov

Office: Sacramento Watt Ave & Bradshaw offices

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

My Areas of Expertise:

I am passionate about seeking individuals, couples and families thriving in their environments.  We all have a story to share and sometimes we need someone to help us process it, unback, or get unstuck to move forward.  I am bilingual in English/Russian, as I was born in Russia but grew up here in the United States.  I have personally gone through a lot throughout my life so I can relate easily to most of my clients.  I hope to encourage you in your journey as you move forward one day at a time.  I tend to use cognitive behavioral therapy in my treatment with clients as well as narrative therapy, emotional focused therapy and solution focused.  My area of expertise is working with individuals, couples and families who need restoration.  Other areas of expertise is working with clients who experience anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, and identity issues.

Education:

Currently finishing up my M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University

Languages: Russian/English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Therapist Sacramento

Hugo M. Doig

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

My areas of expertise:

My main therapeutic proficiency is Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). I also incorporate hypnotherapy for appropriate situations. I worked as a drug and alcohol counselor, for 10 years, helping recipients of DUI’s to utilize alternative outlets for their personal challenges. I also worked as a research assistant for a neuropsychologist. While working with the neuropsychologist, I had the opportunity to work with juvenile delinquents to foster their sense of self-worth and help facilitate a positive life orientation. For the past five years I have been working as a clinician for a program that cultivates and encourages the well-being of undocumented teenagers. My clinical experiences represent the driving motivation for which I endeavor to affirm, support and join my clients as they move through a challenging transitional time in their lives.

Education:

Currently enrolled in the Master’s program in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (CACREP and COAMFTE accredited) at Capella University. B.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles.

Languages: English and Spanish.

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

My areas of expertise:

Mi especialidad clínica es a través de la terapia breve enfocada en soluciones (SFBT). En ciertas situaciones también incorporo la hipnoterapia. Trabajé como Consejero de drogas y alcohol, durante 10 años, ayudando a personas detenidas por manejar bajo la influencia de substancias que afectan su estado mental (DUI) a utilizar alternativas más positivas para sus desafíos personales. También trabajé como asistente en un proyecto de investigación Neuropsicolgica. Mientras trabajaba con él, tuve la oportunidad de asistir a jóvenes con cargos penales,  para fomentar su autoestima y ayudarlos con una orientación más positiva con sus vidas. Durante los últimos cinco años he estado trabajando como consejero para un programa que cultiva y fomenta el bienestar de adolescentes indocumentados. Mis experiencias clínicas representan la motivación que conduce mis esfuerzos por afirmar, apoyar y unirme a mis clientes en su proceso transicional desafiante en sus vidas.

Educación: 
Actualmente estoy inscrito en el programa de Maestría en el área de consejería matrimonial y de familia/terapia (CACREP y COAMFTE acreditado) en la Universidad de Capella. Bachillerato de ciencias en el área de justicia criminal otorgado por  la Universidad Estatal de California, los Ángeles.
Idiomas: Inglés y Español.
Supervisado por: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Counselor

Louisa Andrade

Office: Stockton office

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist AMFT #102059

Education: 

Languages:  English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Therapy

Greg Morrison

Office: Bradshaw Office

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist IMF# 83840

“You can’t change where you started, but you can change the direction you are going.”

-Napoleon Hill

My Areas of Expertise:

It is a common thing that a large majority of individuals need help; the uncommon thing is most do not admit they need it, and very few ask for it. My goal is to assist those who may be struggling with life’s distress, experiencing maladaptive behaviors, or beliefs which interferes with an individual’s quality of life. Together we will work through the behaviors and beliefs that cause dysfunction and replace them with more adaptive behaviors and beliefs. Collaboratively we will find ways to improve his or her quality of life in a directed and professional manner. My focus is on working with individuals, families, couples, gender identity, and adolescent children. I am a dedicated and supportive therapist who is committed to the client’s success in a safe, non-judgmental, and goal-oriented environment.

 

Education:

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Student, Alliant International University, M.S. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix. B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Shewood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Clinical Counselor

Imelda Donato

Office: Stockton office

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor PCCI # 2409

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. 

– Chinese philosopher Laozi

My Areas of Expertise:

Living in the central valley and working as a school counselor has given me the opportunity to work and engage with people and students from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  I am bilingual, bi-cultural,  and come from a community that is very diversify and with a great understanding that each case, each client, or each student is unique and will benefit from a theoretical approach and technique tailored to their specific needs.   I understand that clients’ needs can be met using one counseling theory or various advising techniques that share common concepts or orientations.  I do not object to utilizing a theory or incorporating techniques and skills that would be more beneficial to the students or clients that I may be working with. I believe that a commons factors approach to counseling is a great strategy to utilize because it finds the commonality between the different systems and utilizes them.  This strategy includes factors like, empathy, warmth, support and a therapeutic alliance.  I also believe that some cases can be best served by using the best form of therapeutic technique that fits the client’s needs (i.e., Solution-Focus Brief Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Narrative Therapy).  I have skills and knowledge in: Multicultural issues, Group guidance and counseling, Ethical and legal issues, Human development, College Counseling/ Academic advising and Career educational and vocational development.

Education:

M.A. in Education, Counselor Education Concentration: Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) from CSU, Stanislaus.  B.S. in Psychology from CSU, Stanislaus.

Languages: English and Spanish.

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor PCCI # 2409

“El viaje de mil millas comienza con un solo paso”.

– Laozi, filósofo chino

Mis áreas de especialización:

Las credenciales que obtuve me han permitido trabajar en diversas áreas de la consejeria.  He tenido la oportunidad de trabajar como consejera escolar en un entorno educativo, como un profesional de salud mental que ayuda a clientes con enfermedades mentales graves, y dando tratamiento psicoterapéutico. Esto me ha dado la oportunidad de trabajar e involucrarme con personas de diversos orígenes culturales y étnicos. Soy bilingüe, bi-cultural y provengo de una comunidad muy diversificada, esto mejora mi comprensión de que cada caso es único y por lo tanto, se beneficiará de un enfoque teórico y de una intervención terapéutica adaptada a la necesidad específica. Entiendo que las necesidades de los clientes se pueden tratar usando una teoría psicoterapéutica o varias técnicas terapéuticas que tienen conceptos u orientaciones en comun. No me opongo a utilizar una teoría específica o incorporar técnicas y habilidades que sean más beneficiosas para el cliente. Me gusta utilizar un enfoque de factores comunes porque es una gran estrategia que encuentra la uniformidad entre los diferentes sistemas y la utiliza. Esta estrategia incluye factores como empatía, calidez, apoyo y una alianza terapéutica. También creo que algunos casos pueden ser mejor atendidos mediante el uso de la mejor técnica terapéutica que se adapte a las necesidades del cliente. Mi objetivo es ayudar a los clientes a identificar y remediar problemas incluyendo el crecimiento personal, el ajuste a la discapacidad, la intervención en crisis, problemas cognitivos, mentales y emocionales y problemas psicosociales y ambientales. Tengo habilidades y conocimiento en: Asuntos multiculturales, Asuntos éticos y legales, Desarrollo humano, Asesoramiento académico, Desarrollo educativo y vocacional, Trastornos mentales severos.  Se identificar el nivel de funcionamiento en desordenes mentales severos basado en el exámene del estado mental (MES).

Educación:

Graduada de CSU, Stanislaus con Maestría en Educacion con concentracion en Consejeria Clínica (PCC) y Educacional.  B.A. en Psicología de CSU, Stanislaus.

Languages: English and Spanish.

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Therapist Sacramento

Jalena Rusaw

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist IMF # 81112

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”
– Dalai Lama

My Areas of Expertise:

My areas of interest include treating adults, children, adolescents, and families experiencing issues which can create problems in the school, community, and home setting. I provide individual and family therapy to address all types of issues including anxiety, depression, hoarding, parenting, co-parenting, panic attacks, school issues, relationship issues, family communication, conflict management, parent/teen conflict, and anger issues. I have a great respect for and experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.
I work to find the best style of therapy for you and your goals. My theoretical orientation draws on cognitive behavioral theories and a psychoanalytic approach, allowing me to create the right blend of past and current focus, and help you make progress with your concerns.
I am a certified administrator for Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which is a tool used to identify personality traits and preferences. This tool is beneficial in individual, family, and couples therapy.

Education:

M.S. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix. B.S. in Psychology from Grand Canyon University.

Languages: English

Website: www.JalenaRusaw.com

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Sacramento Therapist

Gurpal ``PALI`` Gill

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist AMFT #86303

 

 

Supervised by: Carisa Shewood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768
therapist-Sacramento

Grace Lagerstrom

Office: Watt/80 and Bradshaw/50

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist AMFT #97034 and APPC #3551

“Your happiness depends on your self-reliance, to take responsibility for your life, regardless of who had a hand in making it the way it is now. It’s about being the hero of your life, not the victim.”  

-John Reyes

My Areas of Expertise:

I believe a therapist’s job is to guide people to find their own solutions not “fix” them, and this is something I am truly passionate about. “To teach a man to fish” is much more helpful than “giving him a fish”. My therapeutic style is a blend of cognitive behavior therapy, solutions focused therapy, and systemic therapy. I adjust my approach to what best fits my clients’ personalities and needs.  Some of the areas I specialize in are depression, self-esteem, anxiety, shame, guilt, communication, and assertiveness.  I also enjoy working with young adults struggling with “adulting”, and people with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (formerly Asperger’s).   In life, I believe you can only control your actions, your thoughts, and your beliefs. My goal is to help you manage and change any actions, thoughts, or beliefs that are possible obstacles to your best possible you.  I truly have a passion for guiding adults and adolescents with a variety of mental health needs. Growing up with and later working with children and young adults with varying developmental and learning disabilities, taught me invaluable lessons including: how to be empathetic, patient, and not judging based on first impressions. I have always lived in the Sacramento area so I have been exposed to many cultures, religions, values, as well as obstacles and struggles.  I feel comfortable working with people from all walks of life from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Education:

M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of San Francisco, Sacramento.  B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Therapist

Rachel Haufe

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist AMFT #102999

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of ourselves.” 
-David Richo

My Areas of Expertise:

At some point in our journey through life we often face obstacles or barriers we can’t seem to overcome on our own. I believe that we each hold within us the tools to thrive and grow. My goal is to help you find those tools within yourself. Through learning new skills and sharpening old ones we have forgotten we gain self-confidence and the inspiration to take the next step. I hold the therapeutic relationship as sacred creating a space for self-exploration and self-discovery. Together we can work through any struggle. I have a background working with people from all walks of life.  I am passionate about working with individuals, couples, families and children. My approach has elements of solution-focused theory, cognitive behavioral theory and experiential theory. I truly believe in the therapeutic process and the impact it can have on ones life.

Education:

Currently enrolled in a COMFTE Accredited Couple and Family Therapy Master’s program at Alliant International University, Sacramento. B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Humboldt.
Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

therapy Sacramento

Joshua Trumbull

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist AMFT #103083

“Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they are lost forever, sometimes we all need a little help.”
-Professor Xavier

My Areas of Expertise:

This quote matches well with my personal philosophy towards therapy. I personally feel like anyone and everyone can benefit from therapy, and seeking the assistance of a therapist is in no way admitting failure or defeat, but is rather having the courage to ask for assistance during a bumpy stretch on the path of life. I feel that marriage and family therapists are in the unique position to not only join with clients on their path, but to also lighten their load and make the bumpy stretches on the path a little easier to navigate. I am open to working with people of all walks of life, and am particularly drawn towards working with members of the LGBT community. I believe that everyone experiences the world with different perspectives, and because of this, they are the only ones capable of telling their story. With this in mind, I tend to operate out of a narrative therapy approach and a strength based solution focused approach, allowing clients to share their story at their own pace as they are comfortable. Trust and comfort are both key parts of a healthy client/therapist relationship, and I strive to create a safe space where clients can feel comfortable connecting.

 

Education:

Currently enrolled in a COMFTE Accredited Couple and Family Therapy Master’s program at Alliant International Univeristy, Sacramento.

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Therapist Sacramento

Kevin Mahan

Office: Watt/80 & Bradshaw/50

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist AMFT #101969

“Above all shadows rides the sun and stars forever dwell. I will not say the day is done nor bid the stars farewell.”

JRR Tolkien

My Areas of Expertise:

I specialize in men’s needs and family reunification. I have also spent many years working with children ranging in ages from 3 to 18, including children with special needs, in both academic and recreational capacities.  I have a passion for helping children and their families and I draw upon my own experience as a father and a husband when doing so.  My travels through life have brought me into contact with a very diverse group of people and I enjoy learning and growing from these experiences.
I believe that we all have the power within to grow and develop into the people we want to be and I would like to work in partnership with individuals, couples, and families to help them achieve their vision.  When I am not working with others I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and working on my 2nd degree black belt.

Education:

M.A. in Counseling from National University. B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

trainie therapist

Darice Upshaw

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

“If the weather’s fine and you’ve got the time
It’s your chance to wake up and plan another brand new day”

My Areas of Expertise:

I entered this field because I’ve always had an interest in discovering more about family systems, and how individuals within these systems live and function. What I love and value most about therapy is the way an exchange of words can bring a person closer to becoming a greater version of themselves. Something as simple as an exchange of words is usually the first step to helping individuals reach their greatest potential and goals. I believe that every person has their own life story and journey, and as a counselor I expect to be a positive part of this journey for someone, and hope they end up where they want to be. I get along with different personality types and can work at whatever pace is most helpful. I like to think outside of the box and have a creative mind when it comes to thinking of new ways to solve problems or working with changes or challenges on thespot. I don’t believe that anyone is ever done learning, and see myself as forever changing and growing. It is important to be open to learning something new every day, be it either something about yourself or something about the world. While I tend to see the good in people and the positive in otherwise negative situations, I understand that at times life is not fair, and it is not friendly, and it is important to be at peace with that understanding. I intend to be someone who can offer support and guidance to individuals or families who are in those tough spots of life that we all go through.

Education: 

Currently enrolled in a CACREP accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s degree program at Palo Alto University. B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Psychology and Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Jenny Leigh Cale

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live” 

-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

My Areas of Expertise:

In this lifetime, many of us have encountered exhausting challenges, painful experiences, and unexpected events. At times we have felt lost, confused, afraid or alone, and needed support and encouragement as we navigated our way through life’s many twists and turns to find our way home again. My goal, as a trainee, is to give you a safe place where we can work together to reach your personal goals. I have adopted an open, eclectic and holistic therapeutic approach that bends to meet each person’s unique situation and specific needs. Along with my educational background in Integral Counseling Psychology and Social Work, I have experience in working with diverse individuals and family systems with intergenerational trauma, treating PTSD, and substance abuse/alcoholism with Wellness and Recovery Model, and crisis intervention in clinical counseling. My specialties include working with those struggling with mood or anxiety disorders, LGBTQIA, children, effective emotional processing techniques (for anger impulses, depression, anxiety), decreasing shame and guilt to improve connection with self and others, and effectively processing grief, loss, abuse, and/or trauma. I also have experience working with the educational system, court system, and parenting programs. Through a combination of supportive, insight-oriented, skills-based, and expressive therapies, I assist individuals and couples in freeing the mind, healing the heart, and clearing your path to live your most authentic life possible.

 

EDUCATION:

Associates in Human Services from Santa Fe Community College, Bachelors of Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University, and Master’s Student in Integral Counseling Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies.

Language: English​

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Michelle Kissinger

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist IMF# 104061

My Areas of Expertise:

Each person has very unique characteristics and experiences, so I believe in customizing my approach. I utilize ideas and techniques from a variety of theories and practices such as psychodynamic, Jungian, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapies (ACT) and others. I also enjoy utilizing symbolism, visualization and creative expression in therapy work.
I collaborate with individuals, couples, children/teens and families to determine patterns and obstacles in their lives. We can work together to find ways in which to cope, modify and change potentially unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. My goal is to help clients walk their respective paths in a healthier, more empowered way.
It is my desire to provide a nurturing, safe and supportive environment. I have strong multicultural awareness and seek to work with a variety of backgrounds, cultures, experiences and beliefs. My own cultural background reflects bicultural experiences (Hispanic/American) and I have knowledge of Latin cultures. I also have past volunteer experience related to suicide/crisis and hospice patients. I look forward to continued growth in this field. It is an honor to be able to work together with clients regarding matters that are deeply personal and life-impacting.

Education:

Currently finishing a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology program at National University, with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. Also holds a B.A degree in Psychology from National University.

Languages: English. (Minimal Spanish)​

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Claudine Martinez

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist AMFT #109659

“It’s never too late to become what you might have been.”

-George Eliot

You might be feeling alone, scared, and confused about a life which overwhelms you. Maybe you are trying to forgive your partner but it does not feel like you can move beyond the pain. Perhaps you and your loved-one are becoming more like enemies and would like to stop tiresome patterns that are tearing you apart.

As your therapist, I will provide you with a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere. My experience lies in helping individuals move beyond their traumas a lead a more fulfilling life. I am passionate in my work with couples helping them to foster a safe, and more loving attachment bond. The techniques I use include EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), EFT (emotionally focused therapy), experiential therapy, and DBT (dialectical behavior therapy).

I believe people have healing within themselves. My purpose is to walk alongside of you on your journey to authenticity. It is a privilege for me to be apart of your therapeutic process.

Education: 

Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from COAMFTE accredited California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Bachelors degree is in vocal performance from California State University Sacramento.

Language:​ English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Marisa Ronquillo

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

My areas of Expertise:

Everyone’s path in life is unique, therefore I place a great deal of importance in respecting the cultural diversity of each individuals beliefs and values. I believe humans are resilient, loving, strong, and capable of great things. Throughout life we experience difficult times and its okay to reach out for help. I believe relationships are fundamental to our individual growth, however most of the pain we experience in our lives has happened in the context of a relationship. Therefore, we must look for healing in these relationships. In addition to thinking about our relationships and individual experience, it is also important to notice how the larger social context affects our experiences. I believe therapy is a collaborative journey, you have the resources within you, and I am here to help you rediscover how to access those. My role in the therapeutic relationship is to offer perspective and facilitation in a safe, supportive, culturally sensitive, and non-judgmental space. I’m deeply committed to helping you navigate through this struggle to create positive and lasting change.

 

Education:

Currently enrolled in a COMFTE Accredited Couple and Family Therapy Master’s program at Alliant International University, Sacramento. B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

Language: English

​Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Refugio Pantoja

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

My Areas of Expertise: 

 I chose to become a therapist because I enjoy helping others grow and learn.  No matter what life brings our way, I believe everyone can overcome any challenge they face.  It is my goal to create a healthy therapeutic relationship with my client(s) to create a safe space for my client(s) to work on anything they may need or want to work on.   I primarily work out of the Narrative, CBT and Internal Family Systems modalities.
My experience includes: Family counseling, couples counseling, working with teens, crisis intervention, anxiety, depression, death anxiety, Hispanic and Latino families and working with the LGBTQ population and LGBTQ issues.

Education: 

Currently enrolled in a COAMFTE Accredited Couple and Family Therapy Master’s program at Alliant International University, Sacramento.  B.A. degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

Languages: Engllish & Spanish

​​Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Britnie Martin

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

My Areas of Expertise:

Something I believe in greatly is that reaching out for help can be a very vulnerable experience, but also a great attribute of strength and resilience.  While nobody’s story is the same, at some point in life everyone may come across obstacles or struggles that may seem too difficult, especially alone. My approach in therapy is to offer a collaborative, empathetic, and supportive experience while working towards developing skills, self-awareness, and tools to navigate life’s journey. I do not believe that one therapeutic style fits all. My goal is to be adaptable to each individual, family, or couple’s personal needs and goals.

Education:

Currently enrolled in a COMFTE Accredited Couple and Family Therapy Master's program at Alliant International University, Sacramento. B..A. in Anthropology from California State University Sacramento.

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

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James Smith

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

“Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.  Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.”   

– Tecumseh

My Area of Expertise: 

My priority is to build a therapeutic relationship that is founded upon trust, integrity, compassion, and non-judgment. My approach to therapy integrates interpersonal, multicultural, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. It is my desire to support you and to fully address your concerns, help you gain new skills to re-engage life and have greater clarity, and to become more empowered. I applaud your courage to take the first steps toward healing, change, and growth.
My goal is to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, experiences, and sexual orientations. As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and United States Army, I look forward to supporting our country’s veterans as they transition into the civilian world. I will leave no one behind. I look forward to taking this journey with you toward achieving your goals.

 

Education: 

A Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from the University of San Francisco. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.

Language: English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT #48768​

Maria Rivera

Office: Sacramento Watt office

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

“Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”   

– Mother Teresa

My Areas of Expertise: 

I am a mother wife, student and therapist.  Life takes us in many directions.  I began my journey wanting to help children by becoming a social worker.  Life took me in a different direction.  Through working with children in foster care, I realized my place was in helping them overcome and work through their difficulties.  I hace always been drawn to people and leaning about their life.  I truly believe that we are the authors of our ow story, however sometimes we need a little guidance to get to where we want to get and overcome struggles that may seem out of our control..  I also believe that there is no right or wrong technique and each individual case is different.  I will work with each client and family to create a plan that works for them and  meets their needs.

Education:

Currently finishing a Master’s degree in Counseling?Marriage Family, Child Therapy at the University of Phoenix.  B.S. in Social Work from Sacramento State University.

Languages:  English, Spanish

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Andrew Geurkink

Office: HWY 50 office

Marriage & Family Therapist AMFT #107370

 “Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves  come when life seems most challenging.”

-Joseph Campbell

Areas of Expertise:

As a therapist, I see my role as existing in two parts: a guide and a companion.  In my life, I have seen these two roles poses great power in the process of change both for myself and those around me.  There are moments in our life’s journey where what we need most is to be guided in the direction of where we want to go, and there are moments where what we need most is support along that path.  I believe my strength is knowing when to weave between these two roles.  Each of us will experience a moment in our lives life where we will look at what it takes to elevate ourselves to a higher level.  We may ask ourselves questions like; do I have what it takes? and what do I need to make the next decision in my life?  I believe that therapy is a place where we can ask these questions and find the answers from within ourselves—for inside each and every one of us is an agent for change.  My preferred style of therapy draws upon the integrated approach which adapts therapy from the various techniques and disciples in the field of therapy.  My experience working in social services has afforded me the ability to see firsthand the diversity of our community and it is my desire to be adaptable to modify the therapy experience in a way that may best meet the needs of my client.

 

Education:

Current graduate student at National University working towards a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy.

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Kathryn ``KATI`` Anwar

Office: Bradshaw office & Antioch office

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist IMF # 89103

“If we hope to go anywhere or develop ourselves in any way, we can only step from where we are standing. If we don’t really know where we are standing… We may only go in circles…”

– John Kabat-Zinn

My Areas of Expertise:

We are the only constant in our lives. People, places, things, and circumstances inevitably come and go, but we can never escape ourselves. Whether we like it or not, it’s true what they say: “wherever we go, there we are.” And yet, I have found that in our busy culture, few people have actually had the opportunity to get to know themselves. Instead, we power on toward our next goal or task, unknowingly tripping over old habits and unresolved issues in the process. Although it is often a difficult transition or situation that brings individuals to therapy, my hope is that during the therapeutic process individuals would have the opportunity to get to know themselves – exploring their unique history, values, strengths, and priorities – and that they would leave armed with skills, self-awareness, increased resilience, and the ability to navigate their present challenge in a way that feels right and meaningful to them. To that end, my approach to therapy is collaborative, supportive, explorative, and insight-oriented. I come alongside clients in the midst of their transitions and provide a safe, confidential environment where they can unpack, examine, and explore their emotions and beliefs. Often we address stress and anxiety, anger and depression, grief and loss, values and purpose, or marital and interpersonal struggles in the process. Therapy ends when the client has achieved his or her desired goal, but the process of self-exploration and the relationship with oneself continue long afterwards, deepening over time. I look forward to meeting you, learning about you, and supporting you in your journey toward health and healing.

Education:

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from National University. B.A. in Psychology from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan.

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Nancy Georges

Office: Watt/80 office

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #108411

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
-John Wooden

Area of Expertise:

I specialize in helping my clients overcome trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and phobias. Additionally, I specialize in performance enhancement for athletes, performers, and people who desire excellence in their lives. I am a Somatic Therapist, and that means that I work with the felt sense in the room with my clients. Areas of focus are often related to pre-verbal trauma or trauma that gets stuck and stored in the body. Because I work to help my clients to release trauma stored in the body, Somatic Therapy is often less time consuming than traditional talk therapy. My modalities of choice are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Brainspotting, Hakomi, Hypnotherapy, NLP, and a variety of Somatic and Sport Psychology methods. My therapeutic framework is that I like to hold space for challenges while maintaining a pulse on a vision for your future. I love that quote by John Wooden: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” We all want to get out of pain, but the reason we want out of pain is to excel and to open
up and expand into what is already bubbling up inside of us. I like to keep in mind and make room for my client struggles and at the same time, be a support to them as they evolve into what life is calling them to become.

 

 

Education: 

Ph.D. in Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at The California Institute of Integral Studies (In progress)
M.A. in Somatic Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.
Graduate Sport Psychology Certificate from John F. Kennedy University.
B.A. in Psychology from UC Davis.

Website: www.nancygeorgestherapy.com

Language:​ English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT # 48768

Sarah Hausmann

Office: HWY 50 office

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor APCC #4357

“I want to love you without clutching, appreciate you without judging, join you without invading, invite you without demanding, leave you without guilt, criticize you without blaming, and help you without insulting. If I can have the same from you, then we can truly meet and enrich each other.”                        -Virginia Satir

My Areas of Expertise:

I take an eclectic approach to therapy, utilizing approaches and techniques from many theoretical perspectives. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship and the amount of transformation and growth that can be achieved when both client and therapist are committed to the process. I appreciate the courage and commitment it takes to grow and change and I will use my skills to facilitate your therapeutic journey in a supportive and empathic environment.

 

Education:

Currently enrolled in a CACREP accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program at The University of Alabama. B.A. In Child Development with a minor in Psychology from California State University Sacramento.

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

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Robert Dukes

Office: Stockton office

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist AMFT #94384

“It is important that people are able to create a brighter future for today and tomorrow.”

-Robert Dukes

My Areas of Expertise:

I feel that a person’s life experiences affect who they are. Many experience loss, grief, or trauma of some sort. Though personal growth is continuous, sometimes therapy is necessary in order to navigate through difficult times. Therapy provides a safe environment where a person’s voice can be heard without judgment and trust can be built.  These elements are important as the client and I explore possible solutions. We all have the right to be healthy and happy. I would like to provide individual, couples and families with strategies and guidance to be healthy and happy, and to live their lives to the fullest.  I am passionate about helping individuals create a brighter future for today and tomorrow. My therapeutic process that I work with individuals is collaborative and encouraging. My comprehensive training as a Marriage Family Therapist (MFT) trainee has provided me the experience and skills to work with individuals, children, teens, couples and families who are struggling with anger management, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, sexual orientation issues, domestic or sexual abuse, PTSD, addiction, Co-parenting, transitional families, parenting, at-risk youths, and LGBTQ issues.  My therapeutic approach is geared toward the needs of each individual; my theoretical approaches are Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Structural Family, Family Systems and Humanistic, Attachment-Theory, Solution-Focused Therapy and more.

Education:

Currently enrolled in M.S. in Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapist (MSC/MFT) program at the University of Phoenix.    B.S. in Human Services from the University of Phoenix.  Specialized Training for counseling in the following areas, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy interventions: Counterpoint Behavior Management, Anger Interruption Training (A.I.T.), Substance Abuse, Social Thinking Skills as well as Residential Sexual Behavior Therapy modalities.

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Jeanne Hoffar

Office: Watt office

Marriage & Family Therapist AMFT #96457 and APCC #3497

My Areas of Expertise:
Education:

 

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Shewood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

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Jon Chrtistopher Gutoman

Office: Stockton office

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.”   

– Confucius

My Areas of Expertise:

Change is an inevitable process. Life is a constant flowing stream that starts us from different origins, takes us through different experiences, and hurls different obstacles in our way. It is my sincere belief that difficulty in life can best be resolved by exploring new solutions and influencing positive change. My experience and education has provided me with insight in working cohesively with adults, children and adolescents, individuals and couples in handling situations ranging from communication and relational issues to crisis situations. My background in solution-focused and person-centered therapy places you as the expert of your experiences to share and discuss in a safe and secure environment. Whatever life throws in your direction, I am dedicated to sharing in your experiences to assist you in making those inevitable changes positive ones.

Education:

Currently enrolled in the COAMFTE and CACREP Accredited MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program at Capella University. B.S. in Psychology from University of California, Davis.

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Shewood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Kendall Elin

Office: Stockton office

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

“What you think, you become.  What you feel, you attract.  What you imagine you create.”

– Buddah

Area of Expertise:

Through lots of soul searching and life experiences.  I have developed a great passion for helping others.  I believe I can help others in the greatest way by becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist.  I have three years of experience in the field of social work (primarily with children) and have mentored those who are in need of guidance to a more positive path in life.

In the past decade, I have discovered exercise and mindfulness to be a helpful tool towards balancing my life and regulating my emotions.  If appropriate for the client, I hope to use mindfulness exercises so that clients can use these tools during their daily life to help bring calmness to a stressful situation.

Du to my education, I tend to use a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused approach.  However, I am able to use different approaches that would be best suited for the clients’ needs.

I do believe that is is important to help others find the solutions to the problems that are occurring.  Everyone possesses skills to positively navigate through their life.  It can often become challenging to find these skills when faced with challenging times and trauma.  I have a passion for teaching individuals to learn hoe to utilize positive thoughts so that they can produce positive outcomes in their lives.

 

Education:

Currently enrolled at University of San Francisco in the Counseling Psychology Masters Degree Program.  B.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.

Language:​ English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT # 48768

Marche Williams

Office: Bradshaw office

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

Area of Expertise:

Most of my experience entails helping to treat depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. I practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to help my clients reach their full life’s potential. I love working with children and adolescents because I feel that these are the most influential years, and my work can have a greater impact on their success as adults. Although I love working with children, I also find joy in working with families, individuals, and couples.

I believe that all of my clients deserve a kindhearted considerate therapist while being direct and honest. My goal is to make my clients feel secure in a safe environment free of judgment. My promise is to help guide and support my clients through understanding which will lead to lifelong change that will allow you to form healthy relationships and foster an overall sense of wellbeing.

I look forward to being  a part of your healing process.

Education:

I obtained my first Master’s Degree in 2011 in Business Administration with a concentration in
Healthcare Management. I am now working on my second Master’s Degree in Psychology specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Language:​ English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT # 48768

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Dafna Gauthier

Office: Watt office

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor APCC #1298

My Areas of Expertise:
Education:

 

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Shewood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Hayley Miller

Office: Watt office

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

Area of Expertise:

 

 

Education:

 

Language:​ English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT # 48768

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Cristi Taylor

Office: Watt office

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT #99172

“Your legacy is every life you have ever touched.”
-Maya Angelou

Area of Expertise:

I am a retired elementary teacher, a loving mom, a compassionate psychotherapist, and a skilled Reiki energy healer. During my 15 years teaching, I became more and more curious about the psychology and motivations behind my student’s behaviors. After beginning my own transformational spiritual journey, I knew it was time to pursue the healing arts as a career. From my undergraduate in Anthropological studies, I naturally gravitated toward the curriculum at the California Institute of Integral Studies. It blends Eastern spirituality with Western psychology, teaching me to work from a platform of health and wellness, with exposure to many world traditions. Where by just listening to the whole state of health my client is in, I then access my toolbox for an individualized holistic treatment plan. Listening is everything! My goal is to create space for your life story and witness your personal expression to whole self.

 

Education:

M.A. in Integral Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies  San Francisco, CA

Language:​ English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT # 48768

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Kelsey Stewart

Office: Watt/80 and Bradshaw/50

Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee

My Areas of Expertise:

I value the therapeutic relationship and I believe in a collaborative effort with clients as experts of their experiences. I’m interested in working with millennials, young adults,teens, and children. I have experience working with diverse ethnic backgrounds. I use Cognitive Behavior Theory as my theoretical orientation and will do my best to use tools that will engage clients and their interest. I am committed to providing a supportive and safe therapeutic environment.

Education:

Currently enrolled at the University of San Francisco for School Counseling &
Professional Clinical Counseling. B.S., Community and Regional Development,
University of California, Davis.

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Shewood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Crystal Langford

Office: Watt office

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

Area of Expertise:

I would love to join you where you’re at in this life and simply be there as a positive resource: the therapeutic process is a valuable bond that I do not take lightly. I would love to be with you in that vulnerable space and find the journey in that. Life is full of different experiences that bring us to where we are now and many aspects of who we are are included in that. I also know that life would not be what it is without suffering and challenges and that is something I will sit with as a therapist; as we work through it together. This space can feel vulnerable and before anything else can happen, I know that you need to feel safe and have trust in me to be there with you. Brene Brown (an amazing shame and vulnerability researcher) says that you can’t get to courage without walking through vulnerability. I am comfortable being in that space and waiting for you to give little pieces of trust to me as we continue together and challenging the parts of you that need to be challenged.

My direct clinical experience includes working with adolescents and adults who have struggled with eating disorders, self esteem and body image issues; as well as other co occurring symptoms such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, self harm, trauma symptoms, and attachment issues. I am also passionate about combating how the media has affected women and their self esteem and the pain that comes with that. Because of this experience I know that my “therapist toolbox” and therapeutic approach needs to be wide and varied to help each person on their individual journey. I will attempt to tailor what I do with you to what works best for you. I have experience utilizing dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, solutions focused therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma informed techniques, and exposure therapy.

Education:

Currently a trainee in the masters of counseling psychology program with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy at the University of San Francisco. BA in Psychology from Waldorf University

Language:​ English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT # 48768

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Pamela Bauerle

Office: Watt/80 and Bradshaw/50

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Area of Expertise:

People have always told me, “You are so comfortable to talk to, I can tell you things I would never tell anyone!” I have dreamt about being a therapist since I was four years old and my entire career has been devoted to assisting others in their growth, both personally and professionally.

In mid-life, I chose to pursue my dream of becoming a therapist.  I believe the client- therapist relationship is a special bond that honors and values your story.  When we work together, my supportive, non-judgmental perspective will help us collaboratively explore your personal needs so you may achieve your goals.  I work within different modalities to assist me in our work, leaning towards experiential therapy, CBT, art therapy,
mindfulness, and Jung dream analysis.
Known for my sensitivity, care, and calm demeanor I enjoy individual and couples’ counseling and sex therapy. I will be graduating with a Masters of Arts in Marital & Family Therapy in 2019, and am currently completing certification with The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) on Advanced Training in Problematic Sexual Behaviors.  My clients are individuals and couples working through relationship and sexual issues (including ED and sex addiction), and mental health topics, such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, infidelity, trauma, communication, and conflict resolution.  Being married for 33 years, I draw upon my own personal and professional experience working with those who identify as LGBTQ, Polyamory, BDSM, swingers, and fetishists, as well as other topics of interest to you.
I look forward to working with you.

Education: 

Language:​ English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT # 48768

Britnie Martin

Office: Watt/80

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

My Areas of Expertise:

Something I believe in greatly is that reaching out for help can be a very vulnerable experience, but also a great attribute of strength and resilience. While nobody’s story is the same, at some point in life everyone may come across obstacles or struggles that may seem too difficult, especially alone. My approach in therapy is to offer a collaborative, empathetic, and supportive experience while working towards developing skills, self-awareness, and tools to navigate life’s journey. I do not believe that one therapeutic style fits all. My goal is to be adaptable to each individual, family, or couple’s personal needs and goals.

Education:

Currently enrolled in a COMFTE Accredited Couple and Family Therapy Master’s program at Alliant International University, Sacramento. B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience from University of San Diego, San Diego.

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Shewood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Maria Rivera

Office: Watt/80 & Bradshaw/50

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

“Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love”

– Mother Teresa

My Areas of Expertise:

I am a mother, wife, student and therapist. Life takes us in many directions. I began my journey wanting to help children by becoming a social worker. Life took me in a different direction. Through working with children in foster care, I realized my place was in helping them overcome and work through their difficulties. I have always been drawn to people that need help and are struggling with life stressors. I am passionate about helping people and learning about their life. I truly believe that we are the authors of our own story, however sometimes we need a little guidance to get to where we want to get and overcome struggles that may seem out of our control. My therapeutic approach is a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy, systemic therapy and experiential therapy. I also believe that there is no right or wrong technique and each individual case is different. I work with each client and families to create a plan that works for them and meets their needs.

Education:

Currently finishing a Master’s degree in Counseling/Marriage Family, Child Therapy at the University of Phoenix. B.S. in Social Work from Sacramento State University.

Languages: English & Spanish

Supervised by: Carisa Shewood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

“No podemos hacer grandes cosas, pero si cosas pequeñas con gran un amor”

– Madre Teresa

Mi Área de Especialización:

Soy madre, esposa, estudiante y terapeuta. La vida nos lleva en muchas direcciones. Comencé mi jornada como trabajadora social con el propósito de ayudar a niños y familias. La vida me llevó en una dirección diferente. A través del trabajo con los niños en cuidado sustituto, me di cuenta de que mi lugar era en ayudarles a superar sus dificultades. Siempre me ha interesado ayudar a las personas que necesitan ayuda y están luchando con factores estresantes de la vida. Me apasiona ayudar a la gente y aprender sobre su vida. Realmente creo que somos los autores de nuestra propia historia, sin embargo, a veces necesitamos un poco de ayuda para llegar a donde queremos llegar y superar las luchas que parecen fuera de nuestro control. Mi enfoque terapéutico es una combinación de terapia cognitiva-conductual, terapia sistémica y terapia experiencial. También creo que no hay ninguna técnica correcta o incorrecta y cada caso es diferente. Trabajo con cada cliente y las familias para crear un plan que funciona para ellos y sus necesidades.

Educación:

Actualmente terminando una maestría en terapia matrimonial, familiar, e infantil en la Universidad de Phoenix. Licenciatura en trabajo Social de la Universidad Estatal de Sacramento. Idiomas: Inglés y Español

Languages: English & Spanish

Supervisada por: Carisa Sherwood, Terapeuta Matrimonial y Familiar licenciada, LMFT #48768

therapist

Kayla Masterson

Office: Watt/80

Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee

“When you can’t change the direction of the wind-adjust your sails” 
-H. Jackson Brown Jr.

 

My Areas of Expertise:

As we all go through life, we encounter events that force us to adjust. Like the quote, at times it takes a little bit of shifting to rediscover our path in life. I am a warm, attentive, empathetic person who is committed to working with you on your journey. I have worked with children and families for over 10 years in the early childhood education field. This experience has given me the opportunity to interact with a diverse population.  I am passionate about continuing to work with children and families, as well as working with individuals and couples. I look forward to working with you.

Education:

 

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Shewood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768