DARICE UPSHAW

​Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee










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


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

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

NICOLETTE HARTER

IMF #120442

 Associate Marriage and Family Therapist











"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: M.A. in Couple and Family Therapy from 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


DANIEL CISNEROS

​APCC #4136

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor










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

                                                    -                                 - Mahatma Gandhi

My Areas of Expertise:  I strongly believe that you are your own personal expert and there is no one who knows you better than you know yourself. Despite this, however, there are times in life when you might feel defeated, are going through hardships, feel like life is too difficult and you need someone to help you to find your way. I myself have felt this way in the past and am grateful for that needed that extra support and encouragement.  As a caring, empathetic person and counselor I truly enjoy helping my clients rebuild their strengths and create greater resilience.
I am a bilingual, strength based counselor and my approach to therapy will be based on your individual needs and concerns. The theories and treatment practices I use include Solution Focused Counseling, Humanistic/Person-Centered Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy and Mindfulness Interventions. I have extensive experience working with diverse communities from different ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds including youth, families, adults, adolescents and the LGBTQ community. I am also certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor through the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Education: Masters in Science (M.S.) Counseling from California State University, Sacramento and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling(PPS-SC). B.A. in International Relations & Political Science from University of California, Davis.
Languages:  English, Spanish (Native Speaker)

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

​MARIA RIVERA

​Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee


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

                                                                                  - Mother Teresa


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

Education:   Currently finishing a Master's degree in Counseling?Marriage Family, Child Therapy at the University of Phoenix.  B.S. in Social Work from Sacramento State University. 
Languages:  English, Spanish

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


AMY TATREAU

IMF # 76798

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist








"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


JALENA RUSAW
IMF # 81112

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist









"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

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist








"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



GRACE MARJERISON

IMF #

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist









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

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

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


CRISTI DAWSON

IMF #

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist









     "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

IMF #

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist











“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


CIERRA CRANEY

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee










"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world;

         not even our troubles."  

                                                                             - Charlie Chaplin

 My Area of Expertise:  I currently work with clients with high level psychopathologies and severe crisis interventions.  It has always been very rewarding to see people progress into their authentic selves.  I enjoy working with individual adults, couples, and trauma.  I have also worked as a 911 Emergency Medical Techinician (EMT) for 7 years and would love to work with first responders.  I have personally gone through therapy and understand what it is like to be the client. My main focus is to provide an environment where your thoughts, emotions and authentic self is honored and supported. 

Education:  M.A. in Counseling Psychology with Marriage Family Therapy/License Professional Clinical Counselor from University of San Francisco, Sacramento; B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento; and EMT certificate at American River College.

Language: ​English

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


AMBER C. THUSTON

Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee









"You have to grow from the inside out. No one can teach you, no one can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul."
-- Swami Vivekananda 

My Areas of Expertise
:I enjoy working with individuals implementing mindfulness techniques along with therapeutic approaches of Gestalt, Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and Person-Centered. We all have the answers in which we seek within ourselves; we are our own creators and experts. By integrating spiritualistic ideas and approaches I can help guide you through your journey called life and assist you in rediscovering and understanding our purpose and everything that lies in between. I do not have a chosen population to work with although I do feel that we can all learn from one another. I chose to become a counselor because I enjoy assisting others find their inner light and re-light their own pathways. Experience and mistakes creates the foundation for development; therefore another opportunity to grow.
Education: I am currently enrolled in a Master's Mental Health Counseling Program at Capella University. I hold a Bachelor's in Administration of Justice with a concentration in Human Services from the University of Phoenix.  I also hold a Bachelor's in Metaphysical Science  from the University of Metaphysics.    

Languages: English

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

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

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


LAURIE C. BIRNEY,

IMF #82802

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist







                  


                 

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

                                                                        - Unknown Author

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

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

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

REBEKAH MILHOAN

​Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee


My Areas of Expertise:  My priority in therapy is to build a brave space in the therapy  room; a place where you can share life struggles, a place to work  interpersonally with a person won holds  positive regard for you, and a place where you feel safe to explore the good, the bad, and the unfamiliar emotions and thoughts. This is your time, so what are your goals, what are your dreams, how can I support to accept where you are, so you can start moving towards where  you want to be?

I have experience working with persons struggling with complex, terminal illnesses, severe mental illnesses, addiction, an homelessness.

Education:  I have a masters in Clinical Social Work from Smith College in Massachusetts.  In school, I was trained in Psychodynamic Tjeory and have experience with Dial ectical  Behavioral therapy.  I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley. 
Languages:  English, Spanish

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

KEVIN MAHAN

IMF #

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist










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

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​​​​​​HUGO DOIG

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee











My Areas of Expertise:My main therapeutic proficiency is Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). I also incorporate hypnotherapy for appropriate situations. I worked as a drug and alcohol counselor, for 10 years, helping recipients of DUI's to utilize alternative outlets for their personal challenges. I also worked as a research assistant for a neuropsychologist. While working with the neuropsychologist, I had the opportunity to work with juvenile delinquents to foster their sense of self-worth and facilitate a positive life orientation. For the past five years I have been working as a clinician for a program that cultivates and encourages the well-being of undocumented teenagers. My clinical experiences represent the driving motivation for which I endeavor to affirm, support and join my clients as they move through a challenging transitional time in their lives.
Education: Currently enrolled in the Master's program in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (CACREP and COAMFTE accredited) at Capella University. B.S. In Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles.
Languages: English & Spanish
Supervised by Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768



MARISA RONQUILLO
Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee


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

Language: English

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


BRITNIE MARTIN

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee










My Areas of Expertise: Something I believe in greatly is that reaching out for help can be a very vulnerable experience, but also a great attribute of strength and resilience.  While nobody’s story is the same, at some point in life everyone may come across obstacles or struggles that may seem too difficult, especially alone. My approach in therapy is to offer a collaborative, empathetic, and supportive experience while working towards developing skills, self-awareness, and tools to navigate life’s journey. I do not believe that one therapeutic style fits all. My goal is to be adaptable to each individual, family, or couple’s personal needs and goals.
Education: Currently enrolled in a COMFTE Accredited Couple and Family Therapy Master's program at Alliant International University, Sacramento. B..A. in Anthropology from California State University Sacramento.

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

RACHEL HAUFE

IMF #

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist











“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

​​AECHA "MARIA" GUERRERO

IMF # 81875

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist









                 "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

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist









       "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

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist









"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

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor









"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

IMF #

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist









"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

JENNY LEIGH CALE
Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

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

                                                                      -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

Language: English​

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



​MICHELLE KISSINGER

IMF# 104061

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist


“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

                                                                                                —Dr. Wayne Dyer

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

Languages: English. (Minimal Spanish)

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


CLAUDINE MARTINEZ
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee​​

It is perfectly "okay" to reach out for support during challenging times.  I applauded you for taking this first step.  As your therapist, I will provide you with a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere to explore your inner voice.   We will work together to overcome the challenges you face by identifying the forces that develop your interpretations of events, and develop the instruments that you already possess to understand how to overcome adversities so as to enhance your quality of life. 

My motivation as a therapist stems from being passionate about validating individuals, couples, and families while on their journey to well-being.  My experience includes working with those who are dealing with trauma, grief, and transitional life issues.   In addition, my musical background includes working with performers by helping them deal with different forms of anxiety.  My approaches to counseling include EFT, CBT, Narrative Therapy, and Solution-Focused therapy.

Education: Currently enrolled in a COMFTE Accredited  Couple and Family Therapy Master's Program at Alliant University-Sacramento, B.M. in Vocal Performance from California State University Sacramento. 

Language:​ English

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

REFUGIO PANTOJA
Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee


​"We are in the deepest sense, responsible for ourselves and as Sartre put it, we are the authors of ourselves. " 

                                                                                                         -Irvin Yalom

My Areas of Expertise:  I chose to become a therapist because I enjoy helping others grow and learn.  No matter what life brings our way, I believe everyone can overcome any challenge they face.  It is my goal to create a healthy therapeutic relationship with my client(s) to create a safe space for my client(s) to work on anything they may need or want to work on.   I primarily work out of the Narrative, CBT and Internal Family Systems modalities.
My experience includes: Family counseling, couples counseling, working with teens, crisis intervention, anxiety, depression, death anxiety, Hispanic and Latino families and working with the LGBTQ population and LGBTQ issues.
Education: Currently enrolled in a COAMFTE Accredited Couple and Family Therapy Master's program at Alliant International University, Sacramento.  B.A. degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

Languages: Engllish & Spanish

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


JAMES SMITH

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee


"Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.  Seek to make your life long and of service to your people."                                                      - Tecumseh


My Area of Expertise: My priority is to build a therapeutic relationship that is founded upon trust, integrity, compassion, and non-judgment. My approach to therapy integrates interpersonal, multicultural, and cognitive-behavioral approaches.  It is my desire to support you and to fully address your concerns, hep you gain new skills to re-engage life and have greater clarity, and to become more empowered. I applaud your courage to take the first steps toward healing, change, and growth.

My goal is to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, experiences, and sexual orientations.  As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and United States Army.  I look forward to supporting our country's veterans as they transition into the civilian world.  I will leave no one behind.  I look forward to taking this journey with you toward achieving your goals. 

Education: I am currently enrolled in a Master's Counseling Psychology program, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, at the university of San Francisco.  I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.

Language: English

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



MARISA RONQUILLO
Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee


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

Language: English

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



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