Welcome to Life Practice Counseling Group, Inc.

A non-profit counseling agency offering fees on a SLIDING SCALE.

Days, Evenings, and Weekends.
Phone Numbers: Sac (916) 300-6576  /  Stockton (209) 915-4212


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Sacramento Offices & Staff
    Hwy 80 and Watt Counseling Office:                     Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Counseling Office:

     3650 Auburn Blvd. C-208, Sac, CA 95821                              9719 Lincoln Village Dr. #109, Sac, CA 95827
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Midtown Counseling Office:
INDIVIDUALS ONLY (No couples, families, children, or court cases)
2200 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
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916-397-7454 (Individuals only)

                         
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Meet our Licensed Counseling Staff:

CARISA SHERWOOD, 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, 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.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages: English


Meet our Sacramento Counseling Staff:
                        AJAY REED
                      IMF # 91006
License Eligible Marriage & Family Therapist Registered    Intern

      

  "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
              there is a field. I'll meet you there."

                                                  - Rumi

My Areas of Expertise: I am available to work with couples, individuals, children and families. I work with a diverse clientele, including musicians and artists as well as the LGBTQ community. My focus is to be a catalyst for my clients in their individualized development of new core capacities. Some of these core capacities include empathy, vulnerability, self-awareness, accountability, and courage.
I draw from multiple therapeutic modalities such as CBT, Rogerian, Gestalt, Narrative, Experiential, the Expressive Arts, and Hakomi. I embrace the concept of collaborativity in sessions. This co-creation is intended to encourage the client to actively assist in guiding the healing process.
In addition to being a one-year graduate of The Hakomi Institute, which is a body-centered, somatic approach to psychotherapy, I have been studying psychology and the transformation process through the creative arts since 1995 and have been experimenting with various art forms since early childhood. I encourage clients to engage in therapy as though it is a part of their own creative process.
Education: M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Meridian University (formerly known as Institute of Imaginal Studies) in Petaluma, CA. B.A. in Fine Arts, Sculpture with a Minor in Multicultural and Gender Studies from California State University, Chico. I have completed my 3,000 hours of therapeutic services, and am currently in the process of obtaining my MFT license.
Location: Midtown Sacramento Office
Languages:
English
Website: www.AjayReed.com
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

                      ALICIA CASTRO

IMF # 69100
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."
                                                 - Douglas Adams

My Areas of Expertise: My main area of focus is working with couples and families. I have experience working with teenagers and their parents. I work from a Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, and Structural viewpoint to help you and your family cope with marital problems, anxiety, stress, and relationships. I got into this field because I truly love helping people and I believe that I was meant to do this job. I strive to create a safe environment for you to feel free to discuss your problems, life goals, and to help make a positive change in your life.
Education: M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University. B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

AMY TATREAU
IMF # 76798
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."
                                                          - Rumi

My Areas of Expertise: Finding your voice takes courage, and sometimes even when we find it the fear of our own personal power makes us hide it away from others. We bury our passions, gifts, and emotions safely away from the criticism of others, deep in our minds and bodies. These things we think we have dealt with surface in interesting ways. They sabotage our personal and work relationships, and they bring us physical pain, mental suffering, or everything all at once. Together we can recover your true voice, and nurture the center and balance to sustain it. I have over 12 years experience in the social services field working with families, adults, adolescents, and seniors from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrouds, including LGBTQ. While I prefer to use an integrated approach, being flexible to the client's needs, my interests focus on mindfulness, cognitive, experiential, somatic, and existential modes of healing. I enjoy exploring personal symbols and imagery through art, dream work, and personal narratives.
Education: M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in  Marriage and Family Therapy from National University. B.A. in Sociology from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Location: Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office.
Languages:
English, Spanish, and Japanese
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

ALEXANDER HSIEH
IMF # 78779
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed."
                                                          - C.G. Jung

My Areas of Expertise: Relationships and healthy communication are a basic foundation of human interactions. When two or more people meet, interact, and communicate they are changed forever. I believe in collaborative work to generate a safe, secure, and healthy relationship with those who are most important and prominent in our lives. My clinical specialization includes but is not limited to: adolescent behavioral treatment and family relationship development, ethnic minority mental health, couples and relationships, addictions associated with pornography, and infidelity. I work from a predominately Internal Family Systems Theory, and Attachment Theory perspective. I have experience and skills in working with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
Education: PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University. M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English and Mandarin Chinese
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

K. ARDEN TUCKER
IMF # 83821
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"Every time we make a mindful step we are engaged in an act of enlightnement. We can be enlightened about the fact that we are making a step. Each step can have beauty in it."
                                               - Thich Nhat Hanb

My Areas of Expertise: We are each unique individuals as is our journey through life. Sometimes this journey can become a bumpy road filled with challenges like being out of balance, experiencing unrest, or stress. In an effort to go forward with our lives we often silence these challenges and emotions by filing them away. It is the silencing of these emotions that can take away our light and invite in depression, anxiety, or other stressors. Everyone deserves to be happy and satisfied with their lives and relationships. Taking the step to seek assistance through therapy can be a scary endeavor however the rewards can be immeasurable.  It is my desire to provide a safe environment for my clients to express and explore all of their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Challenges and barriers can be overcome with someone who provides support and gentle guidance. I believe that honesty, empathy, warmth, and harmony are the keys to a good collaborative therapeutic relationship. No matter what roadblocks you are presented with in life, successful passage to healing is possible. I have experience working with individuals, couples, and adolescents and I enjoy working with people from different cultures and ethnic groups. I also have experience working with the LGBTQ community. I am able to assist clients with various issues like trauma, depression, stress, anxiety, grief and loss, and anger. My approach and style is relaxed and I assist my clients by addressing their concerns and issues with a person centered approach.  Each person brings their own values and beliefs to therapy so my approach may change and/or include other modalities to fit each individual.
Education: M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

JALENA RUSAW
IMF # 81112
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"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.
Location: Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office and Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English
Website: www.JalenaRusaw.com
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

BRIAN HAYES
IMF # 89970
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are."
                                                    - Carl Jung

My Areas of Expertise: While I have a graduate degree and training in clinical psychology, I believe that you are the expert when it comes to your lived experiences. Far too often, our well-told tales leave out unique exceptions that may seem trivial but might point to a new way of examining and understanding our lives. I see my role as a co-author, helping you develop an alternate-yet perhaps more authentic- personal history so that you may move forward with courage, confidence, and hope. I have experience working with clients in a variety of settings and helping them to address a range of issues, including recovery from addiction, depression, anxiety, navigation life transitions and resolving interpersonal conflicts. I am especially interested in providing couples counseling, psychotherapy for men, guiding men and women through midlife transitions, and supporting individuals and their families in recovery from addiction.
Education: M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles.
Location: Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office and Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English
Website: www.yourliferestoried.com
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

GURPAL "PALI" GILL
  IMF# 60991
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things."
                                                  - Mother Teresa

My Areas of Expertise: I am excited to share the journey of life with you. At times our lives can be challenging. The past, present, and hopes for the future can all be the sources of anxiety and excitement. It is important to be able to process the emotions and thoughts that center around life changes and life experiences. There are times it becomes necessary and vital to access a person who is a trained professional to assist in our processing, especially when we feel confused or challenged in our lives. I am eager to share this time with you through experiential learning and processing. I’ve worked with children, adults, and geriatric clients in a variety of capacities for over 13 years. I have utilized play therapy as a means to work with children in the areas of abuse, trauma, grief and loss, and learning disabilities. In addition to working with children, I have also counseled adults and couples in multiple areas of need. Some of these include: abuse, addiction, anxiety, increasing effective communication skills, changes in health functioning, end of life challenges, depression, trauma, grief and loss, identity development, relationship challenges, divorce, pre-martial counseling, and multicultural challenges; such as, selective acculturation and assimilation needs. I have tremendous experience in shaping behavior, thoughts, and emotions to meet life adjustment challenges. My current theories and treatment practices range from Humanistic/Person-Centered Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness Based Treatment Strategies and Spirituality, and Two Person Psychology. I make a strong effort to use these theories and treatment strategies from the client’s multicultural perspective. I understand the necessity of culture and individual/family value systems when working with clients. I make great effort to hear client stories from their perspectives. My quest in life is to continue growing and to be open towards my clients with a Carl Roger’s perspective of “unconditional positive regard” while building and strengthening a client’s “internal locus of control.”  I hope to join you in this journey called life.
Education
:
I am currently enrolled in a Doctoral Studies Program in the area of Counseling Education and Supervision at Oregon State University. I am hoping to better understand counseling research and effective treatment trends that produce "best practices" for clients while obtaining my Ph.D. M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Sacramento. My Masters degree encompasses a Marriage Family and Child Counseling Degree (MFCC) and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling (PPS-SC). B.S. in Occupational Therapy, B.A. in Political Science, and a minor in Special Education from San Jose State University.
Location
:
Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office and Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages
:
English, Punjabi, and Hindi (not 100% fluent)
k forward to joining my clients on their journey, as it is truly yours to take; I am simply a guide, a caring hand, a shoulder to lean on, and an ear to talk to along the way. Together I want to help you feel and process the emotions of the struggles, and to bring back the joy and laughter that provides us the opportunity to live life in a healthy and meaningful way.
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

WILLIAM "BILLY" SCHULT
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



  "I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it!"
                                                - Maya Angelou 
                                                
My Areas of Expertise: My main focus is working with couples and individuals, but I would like to consider myself adaptable to help anyone accomplish their goals. Life's most under-illustrated secret is adaptability. I feel like the more adaptable I can be to your needs, the better equipped I will be to understand how I can help. Sometimes we just need someone to listen and acknowledge our intentions, struggles, and achievements. Other times we need someone to help us navigate the physical and emotional terrain of our lives or mediate for us when communication with others and ourselves is hard. I don't consider myself an expert on you, but I'm confident in my ability to collaborate with you to meet your needs and offer you my best effort and undivided attention. I have a diverse background in my education and in life and I believe I can offer you a dynamic and interesting skill-set that has helped contribute to my ever-growing "tool-box". A professor of mine once quoted Mark Twain and said, "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." I hope we have an opportunity to start a dialogue so I can have a chance to help you discover the tools you need and want... and maybe even a few just for fun. Cheers!
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.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office and Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

TIFFANY HUDSON
Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee



                                                
My Areas of Expertise: My style and approach to therapy is "keeping it real". I believe in providing people with real and insightful perspectives in dealing with everyday life problems. I enjoy working collaboratively with people to address concerns in their lives that are preventing them from reaching their optimal level. I believe that everyone has their own optimal level and this is just when you are at your best and feeling really good about yourself. I am skilled at working with relationship issues, adolescent developmental transitions, family problems (self-esteem building), and more.
How many people can say they've worked with people from ages 1 to 101, from all different social, cultural, and economic backgrounds? Well, I can say this personally and professionally, having worked in community service and government agencies providing support and services to children, adolescents, adults, families, and seniors.
My background gives me a unique ability to listen to people with real compassion and empathy and understand the many challenges that life presents. I see therapy as a way to gain better insight and undertanding in who you are and what is keeping you from reaching your optimal level.
Education: Currently enrolled in a CACREP accredited Master of Science Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) from Walden University. B.A. in Business Management-Public Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Location: Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768


JEANNE HOFFAR
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



  "The best gift you are ever going to give someone- the permission to feel safe in their own skin. To feel worthy. To feel like they are enough."
                                             - Hannah Brencher
                                                
My Areas of Expertise: I work from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Approach. I believe that your thoughts affect your emotions, your emotions affect your decisions, and your decisions affect your life. We will work together in changing those negative thoughts. Everyone has the capacity to discover, heal, and grow. I will help you identify your goals and what obstacles are currently in the way. I will create a supportive environment to promote growth and healing through compassionate insight, reflection, and strategic direction.
Education: Currently enrolled in an accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program at the University of San Francisco. B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office
Languages:
English

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

CIARA PHILLIPS
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



  "You can't stop the waves,
but you can learn to surf."
                                             - Jon Kabat-Zinn
                                    
My Areas of Expertise: Struggles are necessary because in order to stand up, you have to know what falling down is like. The hard days bring growth, and I truly believe that through resiliency people possess the ability to develop new perspectives, and enhance inner strength resulting in the ability to better manage the challenges that life brings. My goal is to provide a genuine and safe container in which you can express your vulnerabilities, emotions, thoughts, experiences, or any other aspect of life that impacts both your inner and peer relationships. I fully recognize that change and healing can be a source of anxiety and is often overwhelming; I also understand that each of us has a different take on addressing life’s struggles and I strive to demonstrate this through fluctuating styles of therapy that best match the client.  I enjoy working with individuals, couples, families, children, and groups. I have a diverse background working with all life stages including young children, teenagers, and adults. I have experience in areas of depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, anger management, parenting, relationship issues, abuse, and stress. I have a relaxed outlook to treatment, and I utilize a client-centered approach. I use interventions from different theoretical approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic, and Family Systems. I look forward to joining my clients on their journey, as it is truly yours to take; I am simply a guide, a caring hand, a shoulder to lean on, and an ear to talk to along the way. Together I want to help you feel and process the emotions of the struggles, and to bring back the joy and laughter that provides us the opportunity to live in a healthy and meaningful way.
Education: Currently enrolled in an accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program at the University of Phoenix. B.S. in Psychology from the University of Phoenix.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office and Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office.
Languages: English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

GRACE MARJERISON
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



  "As we sail through life,
don't avoid rough waters, sail on,
because calm waters won't make a skillful sailor."
                                             - Author Unknown

                                    
My Areas of Expertise: Since I was in third grade I knew I wanted to be a therapist. I truly have a passion for guiding adults, adolescents, and children with a variety of mental health needs. Growing up and (currently) working with children and your adults with varying developmental and learning disabilities has taught me invaluable lessons including: being empathetic, being patient, and not judging based on first impressions. I understand that not all people or problems are to be taken at face value or judged without further examination and explanation. Growing up in Sacramento 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. What I value most about therapy is guiding people to find their own solution within themselves. To help people reach self-understanding and learn to better their situation or well-being is the best feeling in the world. 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. I enjoy working with individuals of all ages and couples. Some of the areas I specialize in is depression, self-esteem, anxiety, shame, guilt, communication , and assertiveness. In life I believe you can only control your actions, your thoughts, and your beliefs. My goal is to help you control and change any negative actions, thoughts, or beliefs that are possible obstacles to your best possible you.
Education: Currently enrolled in an accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program at the University of San Francisco, Sacramento. B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office
Languages: English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

KRISTINA BOSWELL
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



  "If we all did things we were capable of, we would astound ourselves."
                                             - Thomas Edison

                                    
My Areas of Expertise: I have lived a long side you, I am a real person with real people problems, the only difference is my training which allows me to leave my stuff at the door and devote myself to our time together. If you are ready to start your journey to change something rather it be small or big I will be here with you to make the first step. I want you to be comfortable when you come to see me so I will do my best to provide a safe, comfy atmosphere. I am delighted to work with couples, adults, families, and children with depression, anxiety, and stress. I operate utilizing Gottman methods with couples, Humanistic and Narrative approaches with individuals, and family systems with families.
Education: Currently enrolled in an accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program at the University of Phoenix. B.S. in Psychology from California State University, Chico.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office and Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office.
Languages: English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

LORI HUNTER
IMF # 66530
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
                                               -Chinese Proverb

My Areas of Expertise:
Sharing thoughts and feelings outside your circle of family and friends can be overwhelming. My goal is to create a comfortable, trusting, safe environment for my clients to share their feelings, concerns and needs.  Connecting with your therapist is essential to a successful therapeutic experience. I work from a cognitive behavioral therapy, and narrative family therapy technique. I can assist you in recognizing patterns that are no longer helpful and help facilitate change by working together towards a positive outcome.
Education:  M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix. B.A. in Psychology from the California State University, Sacramento.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages: English

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

YVONNE KRAEMER
IMF # 77906
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are."
                                      - Bernice Johnson Reagon

My Areas of Expertise: Our journey in life is not always an easy one; at times we must maneuver through deserts, storms, and chaos along the way before we see the beautiful sunrise. Sometimes we make conscious decisions at the crossroads of our life so that we can see positive changes. Other times, the burdens and struggles make us weary and the thought of change can be daunting. Seeking help during these times is the greatest love you can give yourself and your loved ones. Change is like peeling back an onion layer-by-layer you can start to identify some of the issues and allow change to begin. I hope to be the one to provide the support you are looking for during these challenging times and through the healing process. I can help uncover the locked feelings and roadblocks, providing support to move through the stages of change. I have experience working with adolescents, adults, and families struggling with conflict, abuse, low self-esteem, depression, and relationship issues.
Education: M.S. from an accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program at the University of Phoenix. Diploma of Counseling from the Australian Institute of Professional Counselors. B.A. in Business Administration from the California State University at Fresno.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

REBECCA MCGRUE
IMF#80488
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"No one can make you feel inferior
without your consent."

                                              - Eleanor Roosevelt

My Areas of Expertise: I possess a strong ability to be empathetic, open and understanding with my clients. I have an extremely optimistic way of thinking and look forward to assisting my clients to reach a healthy level of functioning. The power we have to self-heal is amazing, and I would like the opportunity to guide you in achieving your goals.
Education: M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix. B.S. in Human Services from the University of Phoenix.
Location: Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

AECHA "MARIA" GUERRERO
IMF # 81875
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"The important thing is somehow to begin."
                                                      - Henry Moore

My Areas of Expertise: Life, therapy, and daily acts of living all begin with taking a first step. Life's journey is often paved with hardships, but also with joy and it all begins with a step. therapy provides families and individuals with the support to wade through these difficult times. I believe a therapeutic relationship built on a strong foundation of support, trust, and empathy allows an individual to attain any goal he or she has made. On my journey I have encountered many individuals and experiences that have led me to the field of counseling. I have experience with individuals of multi-cultural descent, children, adults, and the military community. I believe that therapy is different for every individual in what therapy offers and how a goal is met. Therapy is shaped to address the needs of the individual, who is unlike any other. I look forward to helping individuals, couples, and children on the journey of their choosing.
Education: M.S. from an accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program at the University of Phoenix. B.S. in Psychology from the University of Phoenix.
Location: Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office and Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English and Spanish
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

GREG MORRISON
IMF # 83840
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"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 it, and very few ask for it. My goal is to assist individuals who may be experiencing maladaptive behaviors and beliefs that interfere with his or her quality of life. Together we will work through the behaviors and beliefs that cause dysfunction and work on more adaptive behaviors and beliefs to improve his or her quality of life in a more productive and adaptive manner. My focus is on working with individuals, families, couples, and children. I am a dedicated and supportive therapist who is committed to the client's success in a safe non-judgmental, goal-oriented environment.
Education: 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.
Location: Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office and Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

JESSICA ESPINOZA
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



"I find the great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving - we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor."
                                   - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

My Areas of Expertise: Many individuals go through life carrying deep pain due to relationship injuries, unresolved trauma, grief, loss, and/or toxic beliefs about themselves. My job is to help clients overcome these obstacles and discover new ways to live a more fulfilled, satisfying, and abundant life. My therapeutic style is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy working with individuals, families, couples, and children. Together, we work to obtain a better sense of self and overcome those challenges through different therapeutic techniques. My approach to therapy is to create a safe and neutral place where individuals feel secure to freely talk and express feelings they are too unsure to express elsewhere. Every individual has the tools they need to be successful in life; sometimes they just need some guidance to help to discover these tools. It is a privilege to watch the journey of individuals' growth and the discovery of their true strengths. I look forward to meeting new clients and helping with their journey in life.
Education: Currently enrolled in an accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program at the University of Phoenix. B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office and Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office.
Languages:
English and Spanish
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

DANIELLE BOUDREAU
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside, awakens."
                                                            - Carl Jung

My Areas of Expertise: Life is a journey that can be full of struggles, keeping us from the lives we want to lead. Through these struggles we can lose track of where we want to go and who we are meant to be. My goal is to help people find themselves in the midst of their struggles and to help empower them on their journey and the places they want to reach.
I have experience working with individuals, teens, families, and those struggling with substance abuse. I also have training on using art as a therapeutic medium to help clients explore their inner selves and issues. I am a military veteran and have experience and knowledge of the life and struggles of our service members and their families.
My therapeutic style has elements of systemic family therapy, art therapy, psychoanalytical approach, as well as aspects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I adjust my therapeutic approach to what best suits my clients and their situations.
I enjoy working with couples, families, as well as individuals and those who have experienced trauma.
Education: Currently enrolled in a COMFTE Accredited Couple and Family Therapy Master's program at Alliant International University, Sacramento. B.A. in Psychology from Brandman University, Folsom.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office and Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

                       LAURA JACOBS
                         IMF # 79931
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"When we are present in each moment, the past gently rolls up behind us and the future slowly unravels before us."
                                                - Rev. Richard Levy

My Areas of Expertise: I am a wife, mother, and grandmother of two and I realize that each of us have gifts and talents that need to be explored.  I coached gymnastics for 30+ years and have taken some of those students to national and world competitions.  Communication can bring joy or pain to others; therefore, I have worked hard to study communication styles that can bring positive change to others and myself.  We are all unique and learn in different ways that can be creative or logical.  Since I have spent most of my life with young adults and teens, and I have worked with at-risk teens at a charter school for the past 7 years, my passion is working with adolescents and young adults.  Although, I have a strong desire to help marriages or couples learn to have strong communication, intimacy, and relational capacity.  Being married for the last 24 years, going to therapy, and going to school has taught me how to communicate in a loving, positive way that can be heard by my husband, family, and friends.  Building relationship through listening, empathy, and genuineness is my goal for each of my clients.  My preferences in theoretical orientation are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused, Solution Focused, and psychodynamic.  Each individual is unique, so the orientation used will be one that my client and I will discuss to help match their personality and need.  My specialties include:  sports psychology, anger management, grief, depression, at-risk teens, adolescents, young adults, self-esteem, addictions, anxiety, marriage or couples, decreasing shame and guilt, loss, eating disorders, and abuse.
Education: M.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brandman University. B.A. in Psychology from William Jessup University.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

                 KATHRYN "KATI" ANWAR
                         IMF # 89103
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



“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.
Location: Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office and our Galt Office
Languages
:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

DAFNA GAUTHIER
PCCI # 1298
Professional Clinical Counselor Registered Intern



  "You have the choice to choose the direction of your journey, if you choose to be the author of your life."
                                                - Dafna Gauthier
                                                
My Areas of Expertise: It is said if you love what you do, then you will never work another day in your life. I chose to become a therapist because I enjoy helping others make a difference. Whether it is parenting, couples counseling, family counseling, or individual counseling, life can bring us many challenges. As your therapist, I will work with you to problem solve your challenges to create a plan that can help work on your goals and aspirations.
One of my strengths is being able to connect with my clients, which provides a positive therapeutic relationship. A healthy therapeutic relationship can provide a positive clinical experience. As a therapist, I will be committed to helping support you through your journey. Depending upon your situation, it will determine the therapeutic modality we will take. I do not like to cookie cut an approach, so I like to meet with the client then decide which modality will best fit the client and the situation.
My experience includes: family counseling, couples counseling, working with teens, anger management, PTSD, Trauma Focused PTSD, parenting and co-parenting, anxiety, depression, working with Law Enforcement and Executive Leaders.
Education: Currently enrolled in a Doctoral Program with an emphasis in Cognition. Studying how humans think and process information. M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. M.A. degree from the University of Phoenix. B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768


KIM BRUNS
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



  "An obstacle is often a stepping stone."
                                                - Prescott Bush
                                                
My Areas of Expertise: The therapeutic relationship is one of the keys to transformation. My goal is to provide a comfortable space where clients can feel that they can speak freely and know that they will be supported when they are sharing their life experiences. My 25 years of experience working with children and families in the field of gymnastics has given me a lot of insight into how people function as individuals as well as within a system. I have the ability to hold onto the individual's experience while also being aware of the family's dynamics and perspective when working with an individual, couple, or family in therapy. My interests include working with children, families, and adults on a wide variety of issues such as attachment, anxiety, and parent-child conflict.
Education: Currently enrolled in a COMFTE Accredited Couple and Family Therapy Master's program at Alliant International University, San Francisco. B..A. in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

MATTEO ZAVALA
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



  "The most intimate question we can ask, and the one that has the most spiritual power, is this: What or Who am I?"
                                                - Adyashanti
                                                
My Areas of Expertise: In the 30 years of life I have been given, I have learned that developing deep and meaningful connections with others is one of our greatest gifts. And that the best I can do to help this world is to assist people through the mental and emotional experience of their own lives. I am motivated by learning more about the experiences of my clients, and the realizations, wisdom, and self-knowledge they are able to achieve through courageously and vigorously working through life's challenges. The greatest part about life is we are not alone in our experiences. Our perceptions of events almost always differ, but the experience of pain, heartache, loss, and chaos are human universals nonetheless. I offer my services to assist those who are willing and committed to navigating the most difficult and valuable journey of our lives, the journey through self-exploration. While also learning to recognize and unlock the joy, fulfillment, and happiness we may have all around us but are unaware of or unable to allow ourselves to experience.
I truly believe that we as human beings are the ultimate conduits for manifesting happiness in our lives or perpetuating suffering. Life, relationships, and people happen to us and conversely we happen to them, and how we process our thoughts, feelings, and actions toward these elements can determine the level of richness in our lives. Our degree of understanding of these complex factors and how we process them are usually all we have control over. We are truly the experts of our own lives.
My undergrad foundation in Client Centered and Gestalt Therapy, provide me with the humanistic empathy, curiosity, and compassion needed to best understand my clients. I feel that my skills can be best utilized individually, with couples, and with families. I believe people are doing the best they can with the skills they have acquired in life, and would improve, modify, or develop better ways of navigating their lives if given the conditions to do so.
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, Long Beach.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office
Languages:
English

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


LAUREN MANDELBAUM
PCCI # 2102
Professional Clinical Counselor Registered Intern



  "The best way out is always through."
                                                - Robert Frost
                                                
My Areas of Expertise: Everyone has moments in life where they feel lost and uncertain of where to turn. Building trust and genuine empathy for another is what I value most as a counselor. I find that the most meaningful and fundamental aspect of the counseling experience lies in the strength of the therapeutic relationship. Once there is a sense of trust, safety, and understanding, individuals can be free to learn about themselves and grow through the exploration of their experiences. I work mainly from an integrated orientation, as I believe people come to counseling for a variety of needs stemming from very personal life stories. This allows me to view each client in a holistic and individual way. I tend to utilize techniques from the Interpersonal Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, Narrative, and Humanistic orientations. I have experience working with individuals and couples who have facing a variety of struggles including: depression, anxiety, relational conflict, grief and loss, anger management, trauma, work issues, and more. I would be honored to work with you on whatever life has placed in your path. Through empathic understanding and genuine acceptance,  I promise to help guide you to personal growth and self-fulfillment.
Education: M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Wellness from New York University, NY. B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University, New Jersey.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office
Languages:
English

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

CRISTI DAWSON
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



  "Remain in wonder if you want mysteries
to open up for you."
                                                - Osho
                                                
My Areas of Expertise: I am a mother and elementary school teacher transitioning into psychotherapy. During my many years teaching, I became increasingly curious about the psychology and motivations behind student's behaviors. After beginning my own healing and self-discovery journey several years ago, I knew it was time to pursue the healing arts as a  career. The training program that I attend at CIIS blends Eastern Spirituality and Philosophy with Western Psychology. I work from an integral perspective, which looks at each person as a whole. This includes the body, heart, mind, and spirit and bringing all aspects into balance. We will work together to determine your needs and goals and find effective interventions. My goal is to be warmly accepting and understand you from your perspective. I look forward to holding space for your life stories, trauma, and healing. I am also trained in Reiki, which is a type of Japanese energy healing that promotes relaxation and healing. 
Education: Currently enrolled in a COMFTE Accredited Couple and Family Therapy Master's Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from Chapman University, Sacramento. B.A. in Anthropology from Iowa State University, IA.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office
Languages:
English

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

COURTNEY WATKINS CULLER
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



  "The greatest discovery of my generation is
that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind."
                                   - William James (1842-1910)
                                                
My Areas of Expertise: I am a widow and single mother of three children and understand the challenges that life can bring. I want to walk along side my clients on their journey to healing and a better quality of life. I believe there must be a good client//therapist relationship for a positive outcome in therapy. My goal is the provide each individual a safe and comfortable environment to share his or her struggles. My passion is working with individuals, couples, children, and families. I will meet you where you are at in your challenges and work with you to get you on a path to a more fulfilling future. Together we can work through anything and build skills for better mental and physical health as well as healthier relationships with family, spouses, children, and others. No challenge is too great. I look forward to assisting my clients in the therapy process.
Education: Currently enrolled in an Accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program at Western Seminary, Sacramento. B.S. in Home Economics from California State University, Chico.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office
Languages:
English

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

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