I am a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (IMF97037). I appreciate the courage it takes to begin and go through the process of therapy, which is why I strive to create and maintain a warm, safe, honest, trusting, and positive environment and therapeutic relationship. I believe in the power of the human mind and spirit and feel honored to walk with you on your journey toward reaching your goals. I embrace the fact that every individual is unique and in treatment I utilize a wide range of therapeutic techniques to best fit each person’s needs and goals. I enjoy working with individuals, couples and families, and as my occupational background includes teaching high school, I maintain my joy in working with adolescents. My educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree from Sonoma State University, a Single Subject Teaching Credential from California State University Sacramento, and a Master’s degree in Psychology with a Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis from Brandman University. I am also a Prepare and Enrich relationship Facilitator, and trained in Phase 1 Brainspotting. I believe that the counseling process is a collaborative experience and wish to support you in your self-discovery and growth.

Molly Stanley
Madison Erickson
Kathryn Brown
Sarah Park- Auburn Office Only

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​

Heather Thompson

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I am a registered Marriage and Family Therapist intern (IMF 74752).  I believe that each person has a sacred story to share and I recognize the strength it takes for someone to reveal their pages. I place high importance on creating a warm and safe environment and believe that it is essential to the therapeutic process. I hold true to the belief that each individual has the ability for growth and change and I would like to assist in that process while encouraging congruence between one’s beliefs, values, and behaviors. I utilize a varied set of theories and interventions to enable me to meet the needs of each client while encouraging positive coping mechanisms and resources. I value the impact of each person’s childhood and family structure, while also attending to the present chapter. I work with individuals, children, couples, and families.
My 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 my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and interacting socially.

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee. I feel honored to work with adolescents, adults/children and couples through all walks of life. My strength comes from my belief in the therapy process and my ability to show compassion and connect with my clients. I am open to people with all different religious and cultural backgrounds. I  believe in the power of change and growth within a client to succeed in therapy and meet client's individual goals. I am knowledgeable in a variety of theories, but I cater to what each individual needs to succeed and grow in counseling. I like to focus on clients with anxiety, depression, divorce and families. Through my use of Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Brainspotting; I like to find the root of the issue or trauma and create a roadmap on how to overcome that battle and find the right path to mental health and spiritual wellness. I believe in providing empathic and compassionate counseling through listening and working together to find a change. 
My educational background includes a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from William Jessup University . I am currently finishing my Master's Degree at Grand Canyon University. I look forward to work with you or your family. My availability is weekdays and weekends.

 I’m a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (MFTI#89526) who works  with individuals, couples, and families. When meeting an individual for the first time I believe  in meeting you in your journey and walking with you towards healing and insight . I strive towards giving a very genuine approach and creating an open space for you to find your way. I’am versed in many theories but knows that each individual takes their own unique style to help restore and grow. I work with many different client issues in many practices , including depression, anxiety, relationships, grief and loss, and more. Another emphasis of mine is middle schoolers. I can see and understand the many challenges they go through. More importantly, helping them understand and build their identity. I  Graduated from California Baptist University with my M.A in psychology and Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. I looks  forward to working with you and hope that I can join you in your life journey

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee.  I provide counseling to individuals, couples and families in a warm and supportive environment.  I strongly believe in the power of the human connection and have seen beautiful healing, change and growth in that space.  I am truly honored to join and walk with clients on their path to healing, new insights, change and/or growth.  We all hold the strength within ourselves to overcome and persevere during life’s challenges and I aim to help clients identify and realize that potential within themselves.  I use an integrative approach to treatment, utilizing a variety of therapeutic treatment modalities and techniques, specifically tailored to meet each client’s goals and needs with the therapeutic relationship being the heart of all my work. I am an Air Force veteran and am serving as a fellow at The Place Within, through The Mission Continues Program.  My educational background includes a Bachelors degree from the United States Naval Academy, a Masters degree in Human Services from Liberty University and finishing a Masters Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brandman University.  When I am not in session with clients, you will often find me out for a run in the greater Sacramento area or spending time with my husband and children.

I am currently a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee. I feel privileged to provide a safe environment for clients to share openly, face challenges directly, and heal wholeheartedly. My guided approach is from a place of mindfulness, promoting empowerment, and recognizing gratitude with the benefits of collaborative therapy - we are a team! I am a certified facilitator of Prepare Enrich, a premarital and married couples program designed to assess, identify, and resolve conflicts, allowing room for strengthen and more balanced relationships. I hold a sacred space in my 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, I can provide a compassionate and supportive perspective. My educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Recreation Administration from CSU, Sacramento where I completed my thesis on society's impact on adolescent females, highlighting my work on an Importance-Performance Analysis. I am currently working toward a Master's degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brandman University​ to round out my experience and knowledge. 

Kristin Erlec
Jenny Pappalardo

I believe that each individual holds the tools they need to successfully navigate life circumstances, though challenges can arise that make this difficult. I believe that with support and encouragement, you can utilize a strengths based approach to manage life’s daily struggle. My goal is to provide a supportive and encouraging environment to facilitate growth and learning in order to regain hope, passion, and happiness.
I have an extensive background in working with individuals, children, and families that have been affected by trauma; including military lifestyle and reintegration. I also have experience in working with children and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): parenting, behavioral challenges, social integration, and independent living skills. I specialize in working with children and families, including solution focused divorce and co-parenting strategies. I feel that every person, every circumstance is unique, therefore I utilize a wide range of therapeutic modalities to best meet the need of the individual, couple, or family. In my personal time I enjoy spending time with my family exploring the outdoors, hiking, backpacking, camping, and dirt biking. I value time spent on good books, good friends, and good adventures. (PCCI # PCCI3731)

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Kristin Erlec
Heidi Flanagan

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