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 18, Cheri’ began working with Developmental Disabled Adults, Children, and Infants. She provided job training, independent living skills training, adult daily living skills training, and family support. During this time she learned much about levels of and factors in communication, including learning much from non-verbal clients.
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, Crime Scene Investigation, Mission Impossible, Def Poetry Jam, and co-facilitated the local community LGBTQ+ support group. Cheri also served at VTC as a Residential Counselor, Crisis Management Team, Safety Officer, Residential Services Supervisor, Trainer, Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist, and Clinician.
For 3 years, Cheri' provided Educationally Related Mental Health Services in Shasta County, in the position of Clinician III, serving several local school districts, including Regional Programs (Elementary through High School) that served youth in Special Education programs, and their families).
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' was also a Core Adjunct Professor at Redding's National University (teaching experience at both the Bachelor’s and Master's Level).
Cheri is a Certified Child Development Intervention Specialist, a Certified Cognitive Behavior Therapy Specialist, and a Certified Treatment Specialist for Diverse Populations.
She is currently serving her 2ndyear as President of the Redding Regional Chapter of the California Marriage & Family Therapists.
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 fiancé (now husband) at AT&T Park on many occasions throughout baseball season.
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.
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.
Sarah Parker, LMFT
Sarah Parker is excited to join the Redding Regional CAMFT Board as Treasurer. Sarah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been practicing since 2007. Sarah is licensed in both California and Washington. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, with honors, in 2006 from Simpson University, and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, with honors, in 2008 from National University. After finishing school her family moved to Spokane, Washington, where she worked in agencies and a private practice for almost nine years. Sarah returned to beautiful northern California in 2017 and is thankful to have come home after her time away.
Sarah specializes in working with couples and is Gottman and Emotional Focused Trained. She also enjoys working with individuals with many different issues and has a focus on chronic illness and grief work. While working in Spokane, Sarah was part owner of a large for-profit agency that employed therapists, psychologist, and psychiatric nurse practitioners. This agency experience allowed for many years of diverse practice and growth with many different populations.Sarah is a Clinical Member of both the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, as well as a Clinical Member of the local Redding Chapter of CAMFT
Amy Schultz, Registered Associate MFT
Amy is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Associate under the supervision of Catherine Cundy, LMFT and holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology from National University as well as a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Simpson University.
With over 20 years of marriage, her primary focus is on helping couples and working with families including children, adolescents, and adults. Amy is a Gottman trained couples therapist and uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as her foundation for helping couples get unstuck and develop a deeper connection.
Amy is excited to join the board as Membership Director for the Redding Regional Chapter of California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (RRCAMFT). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling around the world and exploring the North State with her husband and two teenage boys.
Pre-licensed Member At Large
Teri Watts, Registered Associate MFT