The Hearts & Hands Team


Amy Stoffel- Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #113024 and Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #6296

Amy graduated with her Master’s in Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix. She chose therapy to help others by increasing self-awareness, healthy relationships, and personal growth. She enjoys working with a diverse population including adults, couples, families, and groups. Amy feels her role in the therapeutic relationship and process is to offer perspective and assistance in a safe, supportive, culturally sensitive, and non-judgmental space. Additionally, she strives to offer a collaborative, comforting, and empathetic experience, where you can feel free to be yourself, progress, and thrive.

In her free time, Amy enjoys running and training for half and full marathons as well as traveling and attending concerts with her daughter. She is also a proud mom of a U.S. Army Airborne soldier.

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Caitlin O'Donnell

Caitlin will be graduating with her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy in September of 2019. Caitlin has extensive experience working with impoverished families, substance use, and crisis intervention. She chose the mental health field because she believes that everyone deserves a safe space to land. She strives to empower her clients and provide them with a safe place to explore their treatment journey.

In her free time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with loved ones. She is eager to work with all walk of life on their healing journey.

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Heather Thompson - Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #111400

Heather graduated Fall of 2018 with her Master's degree in Psychology, with
an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brandman University. Her educational background also includes a Master’s degree from CSU, Sacramento in 2004 where she completed her thesis on society's impact on adolescent females.
Heather feels privileged to provide a safe environment for clients to share openly, face challenges directly, and heal wholeheartedly. She holds a sacred space in her heart for those navigating the fertility process and those suffering from pregnancy loss or birth trauma. She is a certified facilitator of Prepare Enrich, a premarital and married couples program designed to strengthen relationships.
Heather shares a life of curiosity, adventure, and laughs with her husband and twin 9 year-olds!


Jenn Shelton - Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #192061

Jenn is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who graduated with her Master’s in Marriage Family and Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix in 2017. She is ready to walk with you on your path to healing and self-discovery. She offers a non-judgmental, empathic, and welcoming environment during her sessions along with a safe place to speak freely about your struggles.  Jenn has a strong passion for helping couples, individuals, children, adolescents, and families.  Jenn utilizes various therapeutic approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, Client Centered, Trauma Focused CBT, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

Jenn has worked with a wide variety of clients with diverse backgrounds and presenting problems.  Jenn believes that every experience you have shapes the person that you are and there is something you can learn from even the worst of experiences.  She believes that it is the therapist role to sit with the client and guide them to their own solutions that will provide the client with closure, enlightenment, strength, healing and growth.

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Jenny Hewitt - Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee & Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee

Jenny is a proud USMC Veteran, and will be graduating from Brandman University in Dec 2019 with a Masters Degree qualifying her to become a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Professional Clinical Counselor. She also attended Brandman University for her undergraduate degree in Psychology, where she graduated Cum Laude.

Jenny enjoys creating a safe, judgment free space with clients in individual, couple or family sessions. Jenny knows that each person has a unique story to tell no matter their age, and she values the inner strength each person brings to the process of counseling.

In her spare time, Jenny spends time with family outdoors hiking or sightseeing along the coast. Jenny also enjoys a good book and a great cup of coffee.

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Larisa Escalante - Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Larisa graduates from the University of Phoenix in September 2019 with MS in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy. She has experience in working with disadvantage youth, providing services for children with physical and developmental disabilities and their families. Larisa enjoys working with couples, families, and adults. She believes that every person wants to be accepted and loved. There is always room to grow and change if a person wants that.

In her free time, Larisa enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and watching movies.

Larisa speaks Russian and Ukrainian fluently!



Larry Sherwood – Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #113554

Larry has earned a Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy
from California Southern University.
In 2015, he received a certificate in Transformational Life Coaching, meeting the requirements of
the International Coaching Federation for professional-level coaching. Larry has logged more than 100
hours of coaching. Wherever Larry has worked, he has garnered respect and trust from colleagues and
superiors for his openness and honesty.

Larry has a broad range of life experience. He worked in the air pollution control field for nearly 40
years, in both the government and private sectors, managing several technically and politically
challenging programs.Larry has been married for nearly 40 years and has two sons and eight grandchildren. He is very active, often bicycling more than 2500 miles in a year. He enjoys photography, watercolor painting, and “glamping´ in a small travel trailer. If you would like to meet with someone with a broad range of life experience, you may find meeting with Larry to be both rewarding and helpful.


Megan Summers - Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Megan will graduate with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University in September of 2019. She has several years of experience working with children and adolescents as an educator and youth volunteer but has a great desire to work with individuals, couples and families in all stages of life.  Megan is a firm believer in the therapeutic relationship and the importance of clients feeling safe, heard, and understood. She has a great interest in helping individual’s process trauma and develop strong concepts of self. Her approach involves a range of techniques from various theories to meet clients where they are and help them work towards personal goals.

In her spare time, Megan loves a good book, traveling, and spending time with her husband and children.


Pilar Padilla - Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Pilar is completing her degree in marriage family counseling after teaching high school language arts for over twenty years.  Understanding characters and people within their circumstances with compassion and care has been a lifelong passion that has led her into counseling.  She brings a depth of human understanding to her practice that allows for the differences we all possess. Coming to understand the client’s story and how he or she finds meaning and strength in that story is her focus, as together with her clients they are able to perceive a new story that offers clarity, confidence, and calm.

Pilar has led the charge of mental wellness at her local high school, offering a Wellness Speaker Series, after school mindfulness groups, and community building activities that foster familiarity and encourage curiosity.  She has had extensive experience working with adolescent anxiety and depression as well as LGBTQ issues. Pilar has also spent a considerable amount of time understanding and researching addiction and the families handling addicted members.


Shanya Pickard-Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

Shanya will be graduating with her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in February of 2019, from Northcentral University.  She has experience working with people of all ages, from various ethnic backgrounds and cultures, the LGBTQ community, individuals with alcohol and substance abuse issues, juvenile sex offenders, and at-risk teens.  She is excited to collaborate with individuals, couples, and families, to unveil what brought them to therapy and build a trusting relationship, while exploring various therapy techniques, tailored to meet each client’s needs.  Shanya has over 8 years of experience in the health care field and 5 years of government experience working as a Human Services Specialist and Social Worker for the Department of Human Assistance and the Child Welfare Department.  In her free time, Shanya enjoys spending time with her family, reading, DIY projects, traveling, and soaking her toes in the ocean.

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Sheri Zanganeh-Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

Sheri will graduate from Brandman University in the summer of 2019 with her masters in Psychology, with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.  While her passion for helping others has been lifelong, it was in the spring of 2016 that she decided to transition from a career in business to working with others in a way which speaks to her heart.  She feels privileged to have the opportunity to provide a safe, empathic, and non-judgmental therapeutic space as she walks alongside couples, families, and individuals through the hills and valleys of life, as each travel the path toward healing and personal growth.

In her spare time, you can usually find Sheri spending time with her husband and their two cats.

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Renee Gama - Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #102505

Renee earned her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. A Silicon Valley native, Renee moved to the Sacramento area in June of 2018 and has been enjoying familiarizing herself with this part of Northern CA and getting to know a great many friendly people. Renee has worked as an Employment Advisor for college students and as an Academic Counselor for middle school, high school, and college students. Within the mental health field, Renee has experience treating child, teen, and adult clients (in both school-based and agency settings). She is comfortable working with diverse populations from all over the world and facilitates a safe, respectful, and empathic therapeutic environment. What Renee values most about counseling work is collaborating with and supporting clients to achieve meaningful goals that promote learning, growth, strength, and elevation.   

Renee enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She loves visiting coastal destinations (specifically the Monterey Bay CA area) and historical museums. Renee has a great interest in Victorian architecture, learning languages, tap dancing, reading, music, and watching TV & movies.