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Our Therapists...

Edythe "Edye" Swidler


LMFT, #30135

American River Family Counseling  (ARFC) was created to meet the needs of all families, regardless of how they are created.  In my own life, I have been fortunate to work with families from diverse backgrounds, spiritual beliefs and circumstances.  I created ARFC because I believe that everyone deserves to live in a happy and connected family.


After receiving my Master's Degree in Counseling from San Diego State University, interning in a number of family centered non-profit organizations and running my own preschool and child care center, I later moved to Northern California where I became a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Over the past 28 years, as I have grown as a therapist, honing my skills and developing my practice, I continued to see similar relationship struggles with so many of my clients. Their relationship challenges occurred in the context of marriages, families, partnerships, parenting, and even their peer groups. I know now that it doesn't have to be this way!

At ARFC I work with individuals, couples, families, children and teens within the context of relationships. I utilize a family systems and attachment focused approach based on creating safety and emotional resiliency. I utilize treatment approaches that incorporate various evidenced informed and evidenced based treatments depending on the individualized needs of the client(s) I am working with.

I specialize in working with all members of the adoption-kinship network, including adoptees, adopted parents and siblings and birth parents. Please see our Adoption services page for more information.

Contact Edye: (916) 548-1834 or


  • Individual adults, children and teens: $170 per 50 min session

  • Couples and Families: $180 per 50 min session & $270 per 90 min sessions

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Kayla Morgan

LMFT, #118228

I strive to create a space for you and your loved ones to safely explore areas of your life and mind that need love and attention. Through curiosity, patience and acceptance, my hope is that you find a new awareness of what you have to offer yourself, your relationships and the world. 


During my time as a therapist, I have supported my clients through depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, ADHD, anger, relationship challenges, hoarding and parenting. I have utilized evidenced based practices such as Cue Centered Treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention and Behavioral Activation.


I greatly enjoy working with children and families who are on a journey of rediscovering connection, to develop safety, healthy attachment and positive communication that will make the familial bond strong and sustainable. 


 I received my Bachelors in Sociology from Sonoma State University and attended a graduate program at Palo Alto University where I obtained an MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Children, Marriage and Family. I have worked in community based services, intensive programs, in schools and private practice settings. 


I would be honored to walk on this journey with you, towards healing, peace and wholeness. 

"There’s no need to fear what’s inside of you. It might seem dark and terrifying when you look at what you’re hiding inside of you, but there is not a single part of you that won’t benefit from being loved, accepted, and respected." -Naomi Goodlet


Contact Kayla:  (916) 905-3077



  • Individual adults, children and teens: $160 per 50 min session

  • Couples & Families: $175 per 50 min session & $255 per 90 min sessions


LCSW, #93383
*Supervisor to Hope Mulligan

***No longer accepting new clients***


Welcome! I am so happy you are here. 

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University. After                     completing my undergraduate program, I embarked on a two-year National Fellowship through Americorp where I had the opportunity to work with at-risk youth in an after-school setting. I then attended a graduate program at San Jose State University where I obtained my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I have been a licensed clinician since 2019 and have over 15 years of experience                working with children, teens, families and individuals in a variety of public, private and non-profit settings. I have 3 years of clinical experience providing in-home therapeutic services, behavioral intervention, and parent coaching to stabilize families and prevent the need for children to be placed in out of home care. My specialties include working with adoptive families, families formed through kinship care and legal guardianship, trauma informed care, and early intervention. I use a trust based, attachment focused and trauma informed approach in helping my clients process significant life events and connect with others in healthy, meaningful ways. I utilize treatment approaches that incorporate various evidenced informed and evidenced based practices depending on the individualized needs of the client(s) I am working with. 


“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brené Brown


Hope Mulligan
ACSW, #97424

*Supervised by Katie Green, LCSW


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Sarai Parr-Pfitzer



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The goal I always strive for in my sessions is to ensure a safe and inviting environment for children,
adolescents, and families to discuss challenges and engage in the therapeutic process. I provide
psychoeducation in order to build empathy, identify ways of coping with daily challenges, assist with
building self-esteem, and focus on positive communication in order to achieve balance within one’s life.

I have experiencing working with LGBTQ youth and families and understand how intersectionality
impacts individuals across multiple life domains. I believe in the importance of meeting individuals
where they are on their journey toward healing and will work collaboratively with you to break down
barriers helping you or your child through the therapeutic process.


I received my Master’s in Social Work from Michigan State University. I have over 7 years’ experience
working with children experiencing symptoms of trauma, depression, anxiety, and behavioral concerns. I have received training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy. I enjoy working with parents and am trained in the Nurturing Parenting Program, a parenting philosophy that explores alternative parenting techniques based on empathy and child development.

Contact Hope:  (209) 418-3282



  • Individual adults, children and teens: $135 per 50 min session

  • 90 min session: $200



Welcome! Therapy can be intimidating for many and my goal is to create a safe, welcoming environment to help support you in reaching your goals and to thrive in life. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Practitioner of Clinical Counseling I am passionate about    supporting children, teens, young adults and parents through life challenges. I have had the privilege   of working with youth and families in the LGBTQ+ community and additionally enjoy the many stages of life from youth, transitioning to independence, and parenting. My hope is that as we journey  together through healing and addressing the needs of you and or your child that you achieve your personal goals.

I graduated from California State University Sacramento with my Bachelors in Psychology and my Masters in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. I have over 10 years of experience in working with youth who struggling with symptoms of trauma, anxiety, and depression. I am currently trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, PC-Care, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy. Additional modalities used are child-centered play therapy, sand tray and art therapy techniques to support children in expression and processing of their feelings and emotions.

I look forward to our work together. 

Contact Sarai: (916) 572-5010 


Fees: Individual Adults, Children and Teen Sessions: $160.00

Family Sessions: $170.00

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