our approach

tonya salas, M.A.


 

Kristie Hopper is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She is skilled in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, and faith-based counseling approaches.  Kristie is passionate about working with clients through the process of recovery from trauma or crisis.  Her other passions include working with couples and families in their journey of developing new communication and relationship skills in order to help create an overall healthier dynamic for each individual.  Also, as the spouse of a first responder, Kristie is intimately aware of the unique challenges faced by those working in the field of public safety, as well as by their families, and finds great reward in working with them.  Kristie has been married for over 30 years, and has an adult son. 

Brenna is a licensed marriage and family therapist who enjoys working with children, adolescents, and families.  She has been practicing in the field for many years, working with local law enforcement agencies.  Brenna is trained in the nurturing parenting approach and has a passion for strengthening family bonds through communication and loving solutions to behavioral problems.  She has also worked as a personal trainer and has been certified in sports nutrition which ignited her interest in nutrition for psychology.  She continues to study nutrition and its effects upon mood and mental health and incorporate in her practice in order to promote health from the inside out.  During her free time, Brenna loves to exercise and spend time with her husband who is a first responder and their two young children.  

SHERIE MAHLBERG, LMFT

KRISTIE HOPPER, M.A.

Family Counseling Center

Restoration  Family Counseling Center

Tonya Salas is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California. She has extensive training in Solution Focused Therapy and Trauma Informed Therapy. She is skilled in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and faith-based counseling approaches. For the past two years, she has been working
with teenagers at a local law enforcement agency. She also enjoys working with adults and couples. She is passionate about working with clients through the process of healing from trauma and experiencing post traumatic growth. She believes in engaging clients to recognize and utilize the strengths and skills they already have, while developing new coping skills, in order to instill hope for a healthier future. She has been married for over 25 years and has a two adult sons and a teenage daughter.

Sherie began providing therapy services in 2004. Her professional focus include, at-risk teens, children, and families. She is an advanced trainer for The Nurtured Heart Approach, the Inner Wealth Initiative, as well as being a Parent Project facilitator.  Sherie truly treasures her work with families and children!

The other area of focus in her practice is with First Responders.  Sherie and her husband are honored to serve on the Sacramento County Critical Incident Stress Management team. She has been privileged to work for our local police department and honored to be the wife of a firefighter. Sherie comes from a proud family of public safety which includes military, police, and fire. It is because of this, she understand first-hand the unique lifestyle a public safety family lives.

Sherie and her husband have been married for over twenty years. They have three children. Sherie is a very active member within our community, always looking for a way to contribute when and where she can.  Her Christian faith is crucial to who she is as a total person and as a therapist.   

leslie wisuri, M.A. 


Sonnie is under the direct clinical supervision of:

Shannon Gravier (LMFT 51188)

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All of us have stories, but even more so, all of us are stories. They make up the very fabric of our existence and penetrate every aspect of our lives. These narratives are what create our identity, our understanding of our past, our present, and our future. These stories, we have the power to change!

​​​brenna repard, M.A. 

Kelly is under the direct clinical supervision of Sherie Mahlberg (LMFT 92236)

Leslie Wisuri is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology. Leslie is trained in trauma informed care, and is passionate about supporting clients while they process and heal from trauma. Leslie has a heart to serve teens, college students, and young adults as they transition into career. From testing anxiety to preparing for marriage, the stresses of this period of time in life, is like no other. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband who is enlisted in the military and her puppy as well as spending time outdoors, going on hikes, and cooking.  

Tonya is under the direct clinical supervision of:

Shannon Gravier (LMFT 51188)

SONNIE HAMNER, M.A.

KELLY HAVEN, M.A.

Sonnie is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master's degree in Psychology. Prior to work in psychology, she has over 30 years experience as a pastor. Sonnie has a passion and expertise for working with teenagers as they struggle to find their identities, cope with the rapid physical, emotional and psychological changes that take place during teen years and adjust to the demands of peers, schools, families and society. When seeing Teenagers, Sonnie aims to work collaboratively with parents, family.  She believes that working with families to be a powerful medium for lasting change. She serves adults, teens, Tweens, families and individuals in all stages of life. She met her husband in college and has been married over 40 years, with two successful daughters and numerous grandchildren. Sonnie is adventurous and loves to travel in her free time. 

A wound that goes unacknowledged and unwept is a wound that can not heal. John Eldredge

Leslie is under the direct clinical supervision of Sherie Mahlberg (LMFT 92236)

 

 

 

Kelly Haven is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Kelly’s path to becoming a Therapist began as an eighteen-year-old Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), working as a first responder before transitioning into other roles over a fifteen year career in the Emergency Medical Services. This, combined with a longstanding family history of Military and Civil Service sparked a deep desire to serve those individuals who have dedicated their careers to Public Safety, and the Military.  

After leaving EMS to focus on her family, Kelly remained involved in the community by serving the community in multiple capacities. First, as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the Foster Care System. Through this experience, Kelly found that she had a heart for working with at-risk youth and their families. Kelly completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology followed by a Masters in Psychology with a dual emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Clinical Counselling, both from Brandman University. During this time, Kelly participated in a year-long clinical Chaplaincy internship at David Grant Medical Center and an eighteen month internship with the Vacaville Police department working in their Youth Services Section.