Heidi is currently a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee. With an understanding of the courage it takes to enter into the work of the therapeutic process, Heidi places great importance on establishing a safe, warm, accepting environment and building an authentic, trusting and collaborative relationship with her clients. Drawing from a variety of therapeutic orientations and methods, her therapeutic style is strongly interpersonal and integrative as she strives to tailor therapy to fit each individual according to their unique situation and goals. She believes that life brings challenges to each of us, is filled with seasons of change and uncertainty, and that sometimes we need someone to walk with us through those difficult seasons. Heidi views it as an honor to be that person for her clients. It is her desire to stand with people as they push past barriers of fear or confusion and move forward into the lives they were meant to live. Whether working with couples, families or individuals, her passion is to see her clients build satisfying relationships and grow emotionally and spiritually into their uniquely designed potential. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis and is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brandman University​

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Molly Stanley
Heather Thompson
Kathryn Brown

Meet Our Counselors

Sarah is a Professional Clinical Counselor trainee. She has an extensive background in working with individuals, children, and families affected by trauma. She has experience providing education, support, and parent coaching to address challenging childhood behavioral issues. Sarah also has experience in working with children and families impacted by Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and the challenges associated with coping with the stress of long term or chronic illness and disorders. Sarah has firsthand knowledge and understanding of the military family, lifestyle, reintegration needs, and the challenges these pose to the individual, couple, and family. Her goal is to provide a supportive and encouraging environment to facilitate growth and change for individuals, couples, and families. She believes that each individual has the tools they need to successfully navigate any life circumstance, and with support and encouragement, can learn to use these tools to work through challenges. Sarah’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree from Ashford University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree through Walden University. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family exploring the outdoors, hiking, camping, and dirt biking. She values time spent on good books, good friends, and good adventures.

Molly is currently a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee.  She provides counseling to individuals, couples and families in a warm and supportive environment.  She strongly believes in the power of the human connection and has seen beautiful healing, change and growth in that space.  Molly understands that life is unpredictable, messy, confusing and brings about many seasons of change.  She is truly honored to join and walk with clients on their path to healing, new insights, change and/or growth.  Molly believes that we all hold the strength within ourselves to overcome and persevere during life’s challenges and she aims to help clients identify and realize that potential within themselves.  Molly uses and integrative approach to treatment, utilizing a variety of therapeutic treatment modalities and techniques, specifically tailored to meet each client’s goals and needs.  Molly is a military veteran whose educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy, a Master’s degree in Human Services from Liberty University and is completing her Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brandman University.  Molly is happy to offer some availability for evening and weekend appointments.​

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Kathryn  is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist intern (IMF 74752). She believes that each person has a sacred story to share and recognizes the strength it takes for someone to reveal their pages. She places high importance on creating a warm and safe environment and believes that it is essential to the therapeutic process. She holds true to the belief that each individual has the ability for growth and change and would like to assist in that process while encouraging congruence between one’s beliefs, values, and behaviors. She utilizes a varied set of theories and interventions to enable her to meet the needs of each client while encouraging positive coping mechanisms and resources. She values the impact of each person’s childhood and family structure, while also attending to the present chapter. She works with individuals, children, couples, and families.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Vanguard University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and interacting socially.

Heather is currently a Marriage and Family Therapist/Professional Clinical Counseling Trainee. She feels privileged to provide a safe environment for clients to share openly, face challenges directly, and heal wholeheartedly. Heather applies a diversified therapeutic orientation and a treasury of treatment methods based on the versatile needs of her clients. Heather holds a sacred space in her heart for those confronting the reality of infertility, enduring fertility treatments and services, and facing the herculean physical and psychological stressors involved in navigating the fertility process. For those suffering from pregnancy loss or birth trauma, she can provide a compassionate and supportive perspective. Heather's approach is from a place of mindfulness, promoting empowerment, and recognizing gratitude. She is inspired by those who embrace the physical, psychological, and social benefits of collaborative therapy. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from CSU, Sacramento, and a Master’s degree in Recreation Administration from CSU, Sacramento where she completed her thesis on society's impact on adolescent females, highlighting her work on an Importance-Performance Analysis. She is currently working toward a Master's degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling from Brandman University​.​

Kristin Erlec

Jenny is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (#89526) who works with individuals, couples and families. When meeting an individual for the first time she believes in meeting you in your journey and with you towards healing and insight. Jenny strives towards giving a very genuine approach and creating an open space for you to find your way. She is knowledgable in many theories but knows that each individual takes their own unique style to help restore and grow. Jenny works with many different client issues in many practices including depression, anxiety, relationships and grief and loss. Working with middle schoolers and high schoolers tend to be more of a focus for Jenny. She sees the many challenges they go through and most of all, helping them understand and build their identity. Jenny graduated with her M.A. in Psychology and Marrirage and Family Therapy from California Baptist University. She looks forward to working with you and hopes that she can join you in your life journey.

Kristin is currently a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee. She believes in the power of the human mind and spirit and is here to help in your journey of reaching your goals. Kristin strives to create a warm, safe, trusting, and positive therapeutic relationship and environment, free from judgment. Kristin appreciates the true courage it takes to begin and go through the process of therapy, and will be here with you to hold the hope of positive growth and recovery. She believes it is an honor to be invited in to this point of your journey, wherever it might be, and looks forward to the walk. Kristin utilizes many techniques from various therapeutic orientations, as she knows each individual is unique and would best benefit from treatment based on your personal needs and goals. In addition to individuals, couples and families she also enjoys working with adolescents as her occupational background includes working as a high school teacher. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree from Sonoma State University, holds a Single Subject Teaching Credential from California State University Sacramento, and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Psychology with a Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis from Brandman University. ​

Jenny Pappalardo
Kristin Erlec

All Interns and Trainees are under the supervision of licensed therapists: Gary Henderson MFC #7053 and Krysta Dancy MFC #48506

Heidi Flanagan