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Cheri' R. Swenson-Edwards, MA, LMFT

Cheri's work in the mental health field began at a young age, offering support and peer counseling in High School.   

At 22,  Cheri' began working for Victor Treatment Centers, Inc. in Redding, 

working with Severely Emotionally Disturbed and traumatized children (ages 10-21) in residential settings. Cheri' was quickly introduced to the resiliency of children and found her passion.  

Cheri' has facilitated many groups over the years focused on social skill building, CSI, Mission Impossible, Def Poetry Jam, and currently co-facilitates the local community LGBTQ+ support group. 

She went on to earn her AA is Residential Care, her BA in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude) and her MA in Counseling Psychology (with Distinction).

Cheri' specializes in Strength-Based Approaches, expressive arts, trauma-focused treatment, children & adolescents, and the LGBTQ+ population.

Cheri is a Certified Treatment Specialist for Diverse Populations, a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Specialist, and 

a Certified Child Development Intervention Specialist. 

President Elect 

Julie Trudeau, LMFT

Julie began her career in the mental health field in Los Angeles in 1985.  Julie had worked in schools, a hospital, group homes, substance abuse treatment facility, and for Head Start prior to obtaining her M.S. Degree in Marriage, Family and Counseling from California State University Northridge in 1994.  After graduate school, Julie continued working with homeless and runaway youth in Los Angeles for 5+ years, and then spent 6+ years as a Child Abuse Investigator for Los Angeles County’s Children and Family Services working in south central Los Angeles. 

Julie specializes in Solution Focused therapy,  addiction/recovery, facilitates groups, and began working in private practice exclusively in 2012. 

In addition to a full private practice, Julie provides staff development trainings to public and private industry, non-profit agencies throughout the state of California, nationally and internationally. Additionally, she provides LGBTQ trainings to local and statewide agencies and community groups.  

She enjoys time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, hiking, concerts, photography, personal growth experiences, and is a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan.  She can be found with her fiancĂ© at AT&T Park on many occasions throughout baseball season.  

Program Coordinator

 Scott LaFein, MA, LMFT

“Life is just one damn thing after another.”  With over thirty years working in this field and over twenty as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, I’d have to say, “Yup, that’s kind of the way it is.”  I am thrilled that there exists this profession where we get to attend to those “things” that are confounding, painful, difficult, frustrating, depressing and just tend to trip us up as we saunter along the path of our lives.  To have a safe (i.e. confidential) and sacred space where one can explore the difficult to look at and sometimes forbidden or taboo issues that we all grapple with, is a wonderful opportunity.

I have worked in many settings with a wide variety of people.  Residential Treatment with teens, Juvenile Hall/Probation, Schools from pre-school to Master’s level, VA Hospital, Convalescent Hospital, Rape Crisis & Domestic Violence Center, First Responder Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, as well as Private Practice for over 20 years.  I am trained in EMDR and specialize in using Experiential Therapy, Art Therapy, Sand Tray, Movement and other expressive modalities. 

I am an involved member of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT), serving my third year on the board this year, just having completed a year as President.  I enjoy supervising a group of interns and have likewise enjoyed lecturing and facilitating classes and group activities at the Master’s level.

I have worked with people ranging in age from two years old to one hundred and two; I respect diversity – ethnic, gender, sexual orientation.  I am a deeply spiritual person while claiming no particular path or religion, but I do believe that we are mind/body/spirit by nature and all facets play into the process of honest self-reflection, healing and thriving.  I see the therapeutic process as a movement toward our authentic self, our deepest integrity.  We examine what prevents us from living and expressing that authenticity, confront those obstacles and step into an empowered, more harmonious life.

Life is often not an easy path and all of us are heroes in our own unique way.  Embark on the Hero’s Journey to live a full, vital, empowered life that expresses your unique and wonderful self! 

Allison Pinkerton, LMFT

Allison Pinkerton is excited to join the  CAMFT Board- Redding Chapter Board as Secretary. She received in her MFT license in March of 2017! Allison is a graduate of the Marriage and Family Counseling program at Sonoma State University (2013). She earned her Bachelors of Arts in psychology with a concentration on child development from Gonzaga University, Magna Cum Laude (2008). Gonzaga provided a strong foundation in attachment theory, and has driven her relational training. Her work in Sonoma, Placer and Shasta County agencies has built a broad range of experience in mental health needs and treatment. Currently, Allison practices at Remi Vista Inc. as Program Coordinator and LMFT. There she sees children, adolescents, and adults in both group and individual settings. Her focus within treatment is the power of moment-to-moment self-compassion in order to increase self-awareness and self-regulation.  She believes the soul is open to grow when it is honored and supported compassionately in every changing moment. Her clinical interests include addressing the impact of chronic physical diagnosis on mental health and self-management. 

In her spare time, Allison enjoys skiing, paddle boarding, her boxer puppy, back packing, running, yoga, and settling into the NCAA March Maddness every year! Go Bulldogs.

Technology Coordinator

Heather Jordan, LMFT

Heather M. Jordan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Redding CA. Heather has a BA in Psychology from Simpson University and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Simpson University where she received the Award for outstanding contributions to the community. Heather has extensive experience working with children and families dealing with a variety of issues including ambiguous loss when a family member has a disability, ADHD, adoption, divorce and remarriage. Her passion is to work with clients to help them discover their unique inner strengths as they come to understand and solve the problems they face. She has worked within the educational system empowering and supporting parents as they navigate the difficulties of parenting and the many transitions they face. Her person-centered approach has proven successful in helping clients as they work through a range of difficulties and life challenges. Heather incorporates several theories in her work but has come to believe the foundation of effective therapy is a strong and trusting relationship between client and therapist.
Heather is married with three beautifully unique children and has called Redding her home for over 20 years. Heather is a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), as well as the Redding Regional Chapter of CAMFT (RRC-CAMFT).


Darcia Slape, MFTI

Darcia Slape is a Marriage Family Therapy Intern. She received her BA in Human Development from CSU East Bay and her MA from National University. She also completed her training practicum at Shasta College Wellness Center. Darcia is passionate about counseling individuals, families, children, and groups.

Her passion comes from her own positive experiences with counseling. When her children were young, therapy helped them with communication, connection, and focus. Darcia is grateful to now support others and be a part of a dynamic that fosters healthy relationships. 

Darcia has a vast background in volunteer work ranging from being a Soccer Coach, Treasurer on her son's soccer league to mentoring inner city youth in Oakland, CA to recently facilitating parent groups for Kids' Turn (a local organization sponsored by Family Court System and Dignity Health that focuses on educating parents and children on improved communication during parents' separation/divorce.)

She now welcomes the opportunity to serve as Treasurer of the Redding Regional Chapter of California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (RRCAMFT).

Membership Director

Alicia Mills, MFTI

Alica is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist intern, working under the supervision of Patricia L. Shaw, LMFT.  She earned a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from National University, and a Bachelors degree from Simpson University.

Alicia has a background in education and art and has recently completed continuing education in how to use art in the healing process.

For the past 16 years, Alicia has worked with children in local schools and more recently moved into counseling children, couples, and individuals.  

Pre-licensed Member At Large

Christy Dell, MFTI

Christy Dell has lived in the North State for 12 years.  She received her Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology 
with an emphasis in Marriage and Family, from Vanguard University. Christy enjoys working with children, teens, women and families. 
Christy’s treatment approach is psychodynamic and experiential. 
She uses experiential process of 
art therapy to help clients work 
through trauma as well as EMDR, in which she is fully trained. 
 Christy believes that life is meant to be 
experienced to the fullest, and 
that each person is unique and valued.
Redding Regional Chapter of the California Marriage and Family Therapists
P.O. Box 990003
Redding, CA 96099-0003

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