CHRISTINA SHAVER

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

 








"Words of comfort, skillfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man."

                                                                            - Louis Nizer

My Areas of Expertise: I decided to become a therapist because everyone at some point needs additional support getting through what life throws at us. I enjoy Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) because it focuses on enhancing a person’s skills and motivation to overcome life challenges. I also enjoy Narrative therapy as we all have a story to tell and there is value in identifying patterns in our life. I am looking forward to working with individuals, families, couples, and working with children. I am comfortable working with grief and loss as we all face these themes and may want support. I hope to inspire those I work with to overcome the valleys in their life and truly enjoy the hilltops.
Education: Currently enrolled in a Marriage and Family Therapy Master's program at University of Phoenix, Sacramento.
Languages: English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT # 48768

Hwy 80 & Watt Counseling Office

MONICA LARIOS

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee









         “You never know how strong you are, until being strong

                              is the only choice you have.”

                                                                            -Bob Marley
 
My Areas of Expertise: While on our journey through life we can experience difficulty finding our way. My hope is to help you process difficulties that you might be facing and help you focus on what matters most to you. While working together, I look to utilize techniques that will fit your unique needs and goals. I aspire to develop a collaborative relationship with my clients, helping them to discover more about who they are, and the strengths they possess. My goal is to encourage you to seek the motivation that will allow you to be your best self.
Education: Currently enrolled in a Psychology Master’s Program with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy at Brandman University, Roseville. B.A. in Social Science from Brandman University Roseville.
Languages: English and Spanish
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768


AMY TATREAU

IMF # 76798

Marriage & 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.
Languages: English and Spanish
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768


ALEXANDER HSIEH
IMF # 78779

Marriage & 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.
Languages: English and Mandarin Chinese
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768


JALENA RUSAW
IMF # 81112

Marriage & 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.
Languages: English
Website:www.JalenaRusaw.com
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768


LAURA JACOBS
IMF # 79931

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


WILLIAM "BILLY" SCHULT

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


MATTEO ZAVALA

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


GRACE MARJERISON

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


CRISTI DAWSON

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

JOSHUA TRUMBULL

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee




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


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

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

Languages: English

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


Meet our Hwy 80 & Watt Sacramento Counseling Staff:

AECHA "MARIA" GUERRERO

IMF # 81875

Marriage & 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.
Languages: English and Spanish

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


BRIAN HAYES
IMF # 89970

Marriage & 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.
Languages: English
Website:www.yourliferestoried.com
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768


GURPAL "PALI" GILL

IMF # 60991

Marriage & 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.
Languages: English, Punjabi, and Hindi (not 100% fluent)
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.
Languages: English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768


JEANNE HOFFAR

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

JACQUELYN RIVERS

Associate Clinical Social Worker

3650 Auburn Blvd. C-208, Sacramento, CA 95821

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(916) 300-6576

Meet our Licensed Counseling Staff:


CARISA SHERWOOD, M.A., LMFT # 48768

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist









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


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

KEVIN MAHAN

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee











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

Education: Currently enrolled in an accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master's degree program at National University. B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

Languages: English

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

Life Practice Counseling Group, Inc.
A non-profit counseling agency offering fees on a sliding scale.
Days, Evenings, and Weekends
Phone Numbers: Sacramento (916) 300-6576 /  Stockton (209) 915-4212

RACHEL HAUFE

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee












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


My Areas of Expertise: At some point in our journey through life we often face obstacles or barriers we can’t seem to overcome on our own. I believe that we each hold within us the tools to thrive and grow. My goal is to help you find those tools within yourself. Through learning new skills and sharpening old ones we have forgotten we gain self-confidence and the inspiration to take the next step. I hold the therapeutic relationship as sacred creating a space for self-exploration and self-discovery. Together we can work through any struggle. I have a background working with people from all walks of life.  I am passionate about working with individuals, couples, families and children. My approach has elements of solution-focused theory, cognitive behavioral theory and experiential theory. I truly believe in the therapeutic process and the impact it can have on ones life.
Education: Currently enrolled in a COMFTE Accredited Couple and Family Therapy Master's program at Alliant International University, Sacramento. B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Humboldt.
Languages: English

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

NICOLETTE HARTER

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee











"All progress occurs when people dare to be different."
                                                               - Harry Millner


My Areas of Expertise: Children, couples and families are the focus of my work. However, my fundamental goal is to assist anyone seeking help, individually or relationally. I conceptualize most struggles and life events through a systemic lens that places importance on the question: "How did we come to be where we presently are?" Whether your goal is to heal from painful or traumatic experiences, make positive and long-lasting changes, or successfully accomplish important life goals, I am ready to be a part of your change, and a witness to your story, in an understanding and supportive manner. I will always strive to provide you with a safe space to be heard and to grow, and I am committed to being both comforting and challenging during the process. You are the expert of your own life, but I am confident that I will have a fresh, open-minded, and non-judgmental perspective to offer you as we collaborate with each other to meet your needs. With my diverse educational background in psychology, biological anthropology and education, I can offer you a unique, insightful, and well-rounded point-of-view during our time together. I look forward to getting to know you and building a secure platform for self-discovery and progress during your therapeutic journey.
Education: Currently enrolled in a COAMFTE Accredited Couple and Family Therapy Master's program at Alliant International University - Sacramento. B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Languages: English

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

VIKRAM "VIK" SINGH

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee








                  


                  “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

                                                                        -Theodore Roosevelt

My Areas of Expertise:  Like the proverbial pebble dropped in a pond, the ripples of our actions can be felt in those around us.  I believe the impact we make, the effect we have on others, is open to our choices and our desires.  Similarly, the ripples or effects made by others are open to our interpretations.  Our senses of purpose, certainty, joy, sorrow, and other thoughts and feelings are all creations of our own experiences and the people we are today are the manifestations of such creations.  In this regard, we are the only experts of our own lives.  You are the expert on who you yourself truly are.  I find beauty in this perspective, because no matter our background, no matter what we have endured or what others—or we ourselves—have told us about ourselves, we ultimately hold the power to shape our future.  Sometimes it is easy to forget that we wield such inner strength and therefore need only a helpful reminder of the immense potential of our abilities.
I would like to be there to help you in those moments that you may require aid.  It is my honor to assist you as you navigate the varying experiences of your life, reflect upon such experiences, and define the meanings you choose for yourself, others, and the world.  In doing so, I offer my services to co-author a future of your choosing.  I believe that even in our darkest moments when we lose sight of our inner strengths, we still possess the fundamental ability to find hope, happiness, and harmony.  We can successfully process and face life’s obstacles together.  These are experiences one does not have to endure alone.  I look forward to working with you and hearing your story as together we shape the future chapters in the book of your life.  You have the pen, you have the paper, and you have the strength.  Are you ready to begin?
Education: Currently I am enrolled in a COAMFTE-accredited Couples and Family Therapy Master-level program at Alliant International University, Sacramento.  BA in Psychology and minor in Sociology from University of California, Davis.
Languages: English

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