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. #502, Sac, CA 95827
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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 LGBTQ, 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 MHN EAP.
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:
JOSHUA COTTINGIM
IMF # 70706
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"Doubt is the thief that makes us fear to
tread where we might have won."

                                            - William Shakespeare

My Areas of Expertise: The road to vitality, health, and self-awareness is one unique to each and every individual. All of us encounter times in our life when we need to have the strength to admit we may need a helping hand. Sometimes life events will cause us pain, sadness, anxiety, anger, or even resentment which may result in relationship difficulties with family members, friends, or loves ones. What was once happy and positive may become negative and bleak, but through counseling we may discover a new path, a new outlook, a new meaning. Through compassion, understanding, empathy, and insight we may begin the process of undoing what has been done. Through hope and a little guidance the once murky path may be lit once again. I am honored to encounter with you your own unique road to the wellness you so very much deserve. I have worked with families, adults, and adolescents in various capacities for almost ten years now. I have and continue to work with individuals and families from various socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. I believe that an empathic and strong client therapist relationship is the essential building block for therapeutic growth, and our encounters together may be blueprints for change. I employ strategies from many different theoretical orientations including, Humanistic, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy. I truly look forward to working with you... let us begin the journey together towards growth and positive change.
Education: I am currently enrolled in an accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program at National University. I have a B.A. in Psychology from National University.
Location: Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

MELISSA LEE
IMF # 62863
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"It's haredest to love the ordinary things, she said, but you get lots of opportunities to practice."
                                                 - Brian Andreas
                                                   (StoryPeople)

My Areas of Expertise: Life is made up of a cluster of moments: some funny, some profound, some unbearably sad, most forgettable. Some would say these moments occur like beads on a string, one after the other until the end of life. The truth is even after each moment has been completed and added to the string of memory, it doesn't always sit passively, residing in the past and waiting for us to remember. These memories and experiences are carried throughout our lives and affect the very way we think, feel, select a lover, choose friends, get a job, or buy groceries. In counseling we often explore reasons behind particular behaviors, thoughts, and feelings, which means taking out these memories and determining the links between experiences back then and behaviors now. For instance, addiction* is always purposeful. It achieves a goal or goals, usually making the person feel less anxious/depressed, at least for a time. Where does the anxiety and/or depression come from? I believe it is a blend of nature (brain chemistry) and nurture (experiences from the past).
I see counseling as a process where we work together to accomplish your goals in the best way possible for you. Goals vary with every person. Some people want to feel less anxious, some want to figure out why they drink, some just want someone to listen. I use a variety of tools to help you achieve these goals, including your own inner wealth of resources. I have training in EMDR (a psychotherapy technique for reducing distress from traumatic events and negative belief systems) and draw inspiration from cognitive-behavioral theory, with a dash of experiential, humanistic, and multi-generational theories.
My specialties include trauma, anger management, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, addictions, OCD, and phobias and I enjoy working with members of the LGBTQ community. I also have a background in civil engineering, which I feel allows me to maintain a practical balance between thinking and feeling.
*Addiction can be defined as any activity that is compulsive and which causes problems in your life and relationships in your home life, at work, and/or at school.
Education: M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University. I have a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Davis.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English
Website: www.SacCounseling.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

MICHAEL "MIKE" EVERSON
IMF # 81305
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations."
                                                 - Alfred Adler

My Areas of Expertise: I am excited to support and encourage you in your journey toward understanding yourself. In session, I aspire to assist you in realizing your strengths, helping your relationships grow, and developing areas in your life that may be causing distress.  Exploring the past, experientially examining the present, and collaboratively seeking goals for the future are a few of the practices I employ.  My training and personal experience reinforce my belief that therapy is a beneficial tool for helping people connect/reconnect to themselves as well as their interpersonal relationships. My theoretical orientation (or the way I view how to best help others) is taken from an integrative understanding of Adlerian/Individual psychology and family systems theories. My view of the basic philosophy underlying these theories is people are interconnected, in need of others for health and wholeness, and are a part of a system; assisting the system in which you are a part of may positively impact you as an individual. As we experientially and thoughtfully process through the thoughts, behaviors, and emotions in relation to our interpersonal relationships we can develop new ways to think, relate, perceive, and live joyfully. In addition, I believe that difficult situations, stress, and challenges can be used as positive forces to reach out for help and reorient toward well-being. Seeking help from a counselor, family, friend, or one’s faith is a powerful and positive step. I enjoy counseling teens, young adult men, men, couples, and families with issues of anxiety, depression, men’s issues, changes in life, adoption adjustment, marriage difficulties, and family dynamics. I also enjoy the process of learning about people’s differences and unique lives.  I am here to help you, your relationships, and any area you need help getting “unstuck” to move forward in life. I look forward to walking alongside you during this time in your life.
Education: M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix. B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of California, Davis.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

ROWENA "ROW" MENDOZA
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee




"We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it."
                                                 - Rick Warren

My Areas of Expertise: My view of therapy is that it is a strong collaboration between the client and the therapist. With my strong faith based background, my philosophy has always been that people do the best they can in life but that sometimes there are bumps along the way that interfere with our happiness. My goal is to create a safe, warm, welcoming, and empowering environment for all of my clients. I want to provide a place that you can open up without judgment. I am here to help you overcome and push through hardships, achieve your goals, and reach your full potential. I believe that therapy should be a safe and productive place.
My therapeutic style is a Dialectical Behavioral approach, but I also have an integrative style that will incorporate various styles, theories and methods to fit each individual, couple, child, teen, and family's needs. I can help you and/or your families resolve the challenges of anxiety, panic attacks, depression, relationship conflicts, stress, low self-esteem, co-dependency, grief/loss, parenting, abuse, and child/adolescent behaviors. These challenges can feel very overwhelming and at times seem like they can't be solved. Getting effective counseling can help. We will work together to achieve your desired results.
Education: Currently enrolled in an accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program in Counseling at the University of Phoenix. B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office and Bradshaw and Hwy 50 Office.
Languages:
English and Tagalog
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

ANA DONIS
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee




My Areas of Expertise: I have experience working with women victims of domestic violence, children with disabilities, parents, families, as well as individuals. I've had the experience and privilege to work with families of all different backgrounds and to help them build stronger and happier families. I have a strong background in child development and experience working with parents who are having difficulty parenting their children. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and have the knowledge and professional experience working with different cultures and communities. I also speak fluent Spanish and conversational Portuguese, which has allowed me to make strong connections with my clients. My previous work experience and my educational training at National University have exposed me to different therapeutic models. I believe that therapy needs to be customized to the individual and the situation to obtain a better therapeutic outcome.
Education: Currently enrolled at National University for the Master's in Counseling Psychology Program with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. B.A. in Psychology from National University.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office and Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office.
Languages:
English, Spanish, and Portuguese
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

JESSICA LINCOLN
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee




"Do not take yourself too seriously. You have to learn not to be dismayed at making mistakes. No human being can avoid failures."
                                            - Lawrence G. Lovasik

My Areas of Expertise: Each person’s character is developed from their own unique existence. I believe in the power and courage that accompanies voicing one’s story. No two stories are identical, and some may include depths of despair or uncertainty. I hope to help you tell your story and give you the support and tools that you need to feel empowered. One of the reasons I entered this field was because of my passion for listening to and helping people to get through life’s struggles. I have experience working with adolescents, adults, and families. I believe that the most important value of therapy is the therapeutic relationship. It is important that you feel comfortable as we join together to accomplish a common goal. Together we can explore your struggles, strengths, and goals.
Education: Currently enrolled in an accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program at California State University East Bay. B.A. in Psychology from San Jose State University.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

JEFF BEESLEY
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee




"We are born in relationship. We grow in relationship. We are wounded in relationship. And we are healed in relationship."
                                            - Harville Hendrix

My Areas of Expertise: To walk through life unscathed by the trials, tribulations, challenges, or hardships is a rarity, unfamiliar to most; reaching out for help in a time of need reflects great strength and tenacity to overcome and grow. Many of us become wounded in our relationships with family, friends, the world, and even ourselves. I believe we strive to maintain a sense of connection to others and ourselves; our plight arises from the difficulties in preserving those connections and becoming stuck in unhealthy patterns. My approach to therapy is to create a safe, nurturing environment built upon trust, empathy, non-judgmental understanding, and security in which we collaboratively explore the past, examine the present, and develop goals for the future. I aspire to develop a collaborative relationship with my clients, helping them to discover more about who they are, the strengths they possess, and to experience the healing they deserve. I support clients from a psychodynamic and existential perspective, while at the same time working with each client to adapt to their individual needs.
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.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

GABRIELA PELAYO
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
                                                       - Wayne Dyer

My Areas of Expertise: Life often brings a whirlwind of challenges, obstacles, pain, and grief. Life can be difficult and beginning this process can be hard. Only you can take the leap towards changing your life. I will work with you in a collaborative, nonjudgmental way, and in a safe environment, where you can share your heart and vulnerabilities. I will provide you with an honest approach toward helping you achieve your goals. I believe therapy should be a place you come to heal and grow. My focus is working with individuals, children, couples, and families. I welcome the opportunity to work with Spanish speaking clients and those from varying cultural backgrounds. I look forward to helping you through this journey!
Education: Currently enrolled in an accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program at the University of Phoenix. B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix.
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

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
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



"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: Currently enrolled in an accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program at the University of Phoenix.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

KRISTYN TOWERS
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



"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: To be human is to make mistakes, struggle at times, and fall down every once in a while. My job is to help you overcome those everyday challenges that may be holding you back or overwhelming you. With those challenges comes personal growth, and I will strive to help you discover more about yourself, your personal relationships, and help you create a vision of the person you would like to be. I like to use a collaborative approach and work as a team with my clients to understand their wants and needs as well as to help create goals. My therapeutic style is integrative in which various styles are combined such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Depending on the individual and their needs, different techniques will be considered. I enjoy helping individuals, as well as coupes, with anxiety, stress, depression, relationship conflicts, co-dependency, and other stressors that life can bring. Once in a while, everyone needs a non-judgmental perspective to listen and to help feel supported.
Education: Currently enrolled in an accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program at National University. I received my B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.
Location: Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

JALENA RUSAW
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



"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
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768
JENNIFER BACK
IMF # 66196
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern
(ON LEAVE FOR THE SUMMER)



"We are born in relationship, we are wounded in relationship, and we can be healed in relationship."
                                             -Dr. Harville Hendrix

My Areas of Expertise: Our society has forgotten how to really connect with each other. In an effort to survive, we are often lonely, isolated and self absorbed. Gone are the communities and villages that helped one another with raising the babies, cherishing the elders, fulfilling the parents and championing and challenging the adolescents. Between the rush of our daily lives, our addictions, our drama and stress, we have forgotten how to be in relationship to ourselves and to each other. Many times we don't really see one another - or even ourselves. Therapy is a place where you can be seen and heard. Where it doesn't matter what you have done, where you have been or how you have managed to survive. Therapy is a place where you are truly valued - just for being you. Where you will discover the truth - you are not alone.
I have extensive experience working with Couples, Families, and Individuals: Marital/Partner issues, anxiety, grief, children with emotional/behavioral difficulties, women's issues, depression, trauma, divorce, spiritual crises, parenting, infertility, adults dealing with childhood trauma, addictions (substances, sex, shopping, etc.)
My approach is proactive, engaging, and intuitive. I incorporate expressive arts, sand tray and other experiential and engaging processes to support you in uncovering who you really are. I believe it is only through our relating to others that we can return to wholeness. I believe in compassionate honesty, empathic listening and unconditional acceptance and bring a deep commitment to supporting your personal journey.
Education:  M.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages: English
Website: www.JenniferBack.com
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

BRIAN KYPTA
IMF # 68710
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom."
                                                       - Aristotle

My Areas of Expertise: I help people who are experiencing distress in their important relationships. Such relationships can be with a spouse, partner, family member, or other significant person. I am easy to talk to and the process I use focuses on gently guiding relationships towards greater joy, compassion, and understanding.
If you are experiencing distressful relationship issues, or if you are in a relationship that was once nurturing but has taken a wrong turn please take action to correct the course of your relationship so that you can enjoy a fuller, more nurturing, more joyful life together!
Stop the fighting, the ignoring, the avoiding, the cold silence, the pain, and the stress. Feel heard and understood by your partner. Get the compassion back. Move from relational distress to a more secure bond with your loved ones.
Education: M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University. B.A. in Management from St. Mary's College.
Location: Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office; Hwy 80 and Watt Office; and Folsom Office
Languages: English
Website: www.BrianTherapy.com
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

LINDSEY YARBROUGH
IMF # 71430
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
                                                      - Leo Buscaglia

My Areas of Expertise: My area of expertise is in the study of relationships and interactions. My most valuable learning experiences have come from life's journey and the people I have had the joy of getting to know along the way. I have sincere appreciation for the richness and uniqueness of humanity and a true passion for people. From my research work studying couples and their relationships, I have come to appreciate and understand the complexities and challenges of navigating relationships, especially intimate ones. I realize that sometimes we face obstacles in our lives and working through these obstacles can be challenging and painful. I offer clients compassion and because I come from a place of openness, I encourage clients to freely express themselves and to explore new possibilities for relating with others without passing judgment. I believe that everyone is worthy of love and respect and that everyone can achieve more satisfying relationships by being honest and open with themselves and learning to identify and acknowledge their needs. I am interested in working with clients of all ages and backgrounds because I believe that everyone I meet has something to offer and deserves to be treated with respect and consideration.
Education: M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. I have a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Davis.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

BETH LIDSTONE
IMF # 68776
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes."
                                                 - Charles Swindoll

My Areas of Expertise: I have had rich and rewarding - though not always easy - experiences both in life and as a therapist. I have worked with adolescents and adults individually, as couples, as families, and in groups. I have assisted clients with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress, healing trauma, life transitions, pre-marital counseling, relationship issues and family concerns. I have experience as a Junior High School Counselor and have worked with teens and adults with challenges related to ADHD and other learning difficulties. I have also taught classes for parents of teens who were struggling at home and in school.
Seeking support from a professional is a sign of courage and shows willingness to address life's many challenges. Therapy can help you develop new ways to think about your life and allows you to consider solutions that align with your personal values and lifestyle. It is my desire to provide you with an environment where you feel accepted and respected - a place where you feel safe enough to share your concerns and work on the issues that brought you to therapy.
My personal style in therapy tends to be relationship oriented. I am patient, open, and honest. I view therapy as a collaborative process between client and therapist. In my work, I look for strengths that are inherent in each of us and seek to help my clients work toward meeting their goals in a supportive and affirming environment. I utilize a combination of therapies including, Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, and others depending on each client's needs. Ultimately, the effectiveness of therapy does not rely on the type of therapy utilized, but rather on how various therapies are applied with each client and on the therapeutic relationship itself.
Education: M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Seattle and a Masters of Education in Counseling from University of Puget Sound. B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University. In addition, I have completed coursework towards a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University.
Location: Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office and Hwy 80 and Watt office.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

CARLA FRIEND
IMF # 76477
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"Life is not what it is supposed to be.
It's what it is. The way you cope with it is
what makes the difference."

                                                     - Virginia Satir

My Areas of Expertise: Making the decision to seek therapy is often a difficult one, and it takes strength and courage to take that first step towards healing. Life is complicated and full of challenges, my goal is to help clients discover the strength within themselves to overcome those challenges.  I will help you let go of the negative self beliefs that limit your ability to live an authentic life. Together we will work, using traditional talk therapy, mindfulness, and behavioral techniques, that will enable you to cope with whatever hurdles you may be faced with. My focus is on working with individuals, couples, families, and children. I am devoted to providing a supportive and safe environment free from judgment, allowing us to work together setting goals that will help you live the life you have always wanted. My theoretical approach will vary depending on the individual client's needs. I have experience working with children with physical, emotional, and developmental disabilities and their families, as well as, a basic understanding of ASL and the deaf and hard of hearing community. You have taken the first step, I look forward to working together and seeing you make positive changes in yourself and your relationships.
Education: M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from National University. I have a B.A. in Psychology from National University.
Location: Hwy 50 and Bradshaw Office and Hwy 80 and Watt office.
Languages:
English and a basic understanding of ASL.
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

ALLISON "ALY" DAVIS
IMF # 71284
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"Rock what you've got. The only person you can be is yourself, so be the best self you can be."
                                              - Aly Davis

My Areas of Expertise: As I near the ending of my training as a Registered Intern and begin studying for my licensure exam I have begun to look back at the skills I have obtained over the past three years of my training. My expertise resides in the study of relationships utilizing a systemic approach in working collaboratively with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. My professional experience includes working with individuals and families who struggle with severe and persistent mental illness and/or personality disorders. I have spent time focusing attention to persons suffering from substance abuse, chronic pain, and negative inflictions such as Cancer, HIV/AIDS, and Hepatitis. I have experience working closely with the judicial system, service members, and families engaged in custody disputes. I am a strengths-based therapist working to encourage and promote healing, increase insight, decrease internalized trauma, and be an advocate for change. I also possess a Level III certification in Gottman Therapy, focusing on couples by incorporating a scientific approach using math, science, and psychotherapy (www.gottman.com). I believe that every being deserves to have stronger more fulfilling relationships, be treated with respect, and feel supported.
Education: M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. B.A. in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages: English and Spanish
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

AECHA "MARIA" GUERRERO
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
(On Maternity Leave from 7/14-3/15)



"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: 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 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
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



"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: Currently enrolled in an accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program at 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

SATINDER HAYRE
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



"Often, it's not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don't know how to be."
                                            - Heath L. Buckmaster

My Areas of Expertise: My job is to help you gain a better understanding of who you are, how you want to be, and how to get there. I believe we each possess the strengths within ourselves necessary to achieve the life we truly desire. Together, we will explore your strengths to help you grow and overcome challenges so that you can be the best that you can be. I work with individuals, couples, and families using interventions from different theoretical orientations including Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic, and Family Systems Theories. I look forward to helping you discover the tools needed to reach your goals.
Education: Currently enrolled in the Couple and Family Therapy Master's Program at Alliant International University, Sacramento. B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English and Punjabi (not 100% fluent)
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

VALERIE HITCHCOCK
IMF # 81298
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern



"A ship in harbor is safe, but ships were meant to sail the seas."
                                               - Valerie Hitchcock

My Areas of Expertise: I have over 30 years of experience with marriage and motherhood. I most treasure working with couples, families and children. When you see a couple or family as a whole you get a more complete picture of the family dynamics. I have had a wide variety of life experience, both in relationships and the working world, and through it all I find that family must come first. If all is not right between a family member and myself, then it affects everything else in my life. One of the most important things I've learned is that we cannot change anyone else, only ourselves. I feel it's important to be willing to take risks, the risk to be hurt if we take the chance of loving someone, or the risk to fail if we try a challenging job. If we try to stay safe, we may not get hurt, but we won't enjoy the benefits of success, either. When we dig deep and find the courage to step out and take that risk, we find we can embrace life, rather than just get by day to day. I went into counseling because when I was a "troubled teenager" I needed someone to talk to, and there was no one. When I started college at 18 I decided helping others with their troubles was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Eventually I learned tha we are all troubled at one time or another. I have been told that one of my best assets as a therapist, is the ability to connect, or engage with my clients. To me this means I want to learn about you, what you think, feel, believe in, everything wonderful that makes you who you are, and help you see and believe in yourself. I want to be that listening ear, ask the right questions, to help you see inside to your own truths, to find the strength to heal, change and find hope for a better future. The therapeutic approach I employ most often is Systemic Family Therapy, in particular- Multigenerational Family Therapy. However, I will use any therapeutic intervention that most benefits the client(s). I also frequently use Art Therapy, Play Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Education: M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix. B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Fresno.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

JANINE BARRETT
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



"Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip-toe if you must, but take the step."
                                                          - Unknown

My Areas of Expertise: I've heard it said that we will never be given more than we can handle, but I find that to be untrue. Many times life hands us situations beyond our control that cause us grief, sadness, and loss. I believe we were designed to be in community with others, and we were not designed to handle our problems alone. Taking that first step for help can be the biggest step towards changing the course of your life, and it may mean you do not have to be alone in your suffering.
I believe that the quality of our relationships with significant others and our family are the highest indicators of personal satisfaction. However, relationships can be complicated and the people we hold the most regard for have the potential to cause us the most pain. By looking at an individual, couple, or family interaction and communication style I am able to see the systemic patterns that contribute to either healthy attachments or injuries that keep the system in its current state. My goal is to help clients communicate in a more productive way that will help bring cohesiveness and healing to their relationships.
I have experience with families with children diagnosed with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, families experiencing divorce, blended families, couples, and individuals with varying issues. If you are experiencing relational issues, problems with stress, anxiety, depression, anger, or if you feel hopeless and stuck, which is preventing you from moving forward in an area of your life, it is time to take that step towards getting help. I look forward to helping you become empowered to find your strengths that can help you move forward toward joy, peace, love, and contentment with life again. Remember that you do not have to be alone through your suffering; there are people that care and wish to be with you throughout it.
Education: Currently enrolled in a COMFTE Accredited Couple and Family Therapy Master's program at Alliant International University, Sacramento. B.S. in Counseling Psychology, with a Minor in Bible and Theology from William Jessup University, Rocklin.
Location: Hwy 80 and Watt Office.
Languages:
English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

BRANDI BLACKMAN
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee



"Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that's what makes you strong."
                                                        - Sarah Dessen

My Areas of Expertise: I believe that every person possesses the strength they need to achieve the goals they set, and the strength to grow. I want to help guide my clients to find their inner strength and courage to do so. There should be a strong relationship between the counselor and client in order for therapy to be effective. My goal is to be empathic and positive in order to best collaborate and explore with my clients in assisting to finding their best potentials. I want to get to know my clients and explore their strengths and inner selves. I look forward to meeting you and getting the chance to create a bond that will be beneficial for you in your journey of growth.
Education: Currently enrolled in a COMFTE Accredited Couple and Family Therapy Master's program at Alliant International University, Sacramento. B.S. 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
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