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 edye@arfamilycounseling.com, Fee: $165

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Jessika L. Morrison

LMFT, #123812

I believe wholeheartedly that every person has the capacity to grow and make lasting changes. I aim to support your journey with kindness, acceptance, encouragement and non-judgement. I take pride in my ability to really listen and reflect through your most challenging experiences and walk the path of healing alongside you.

I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families and use an integrative approach tailored to individual needs. I have extensive experience utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, as well as other evidence based practices. My specialty is working with Anxiety Disorders in children and families, though I also enjoy working alongside my clients to overcome a wide variety of mental health challenges.


I received my Bachelors in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento and attended a graduate program at the California School of Professional Psychology where I obtained a Master of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy. I have worked in private practice as well as non-profit community-based mental health settings to grow as a therapist. I am continually striving to learn and provide the best therapeutic care possible.

I would be honored to meet you and begin our journey toward wellness together!

Contact Jessika: (916) 382-2606 or jessika@arfamilycounseling.com, Fee: $145

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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) 238-0447

or kayla@arfamilycounseling.com, Fee: $145

LCSW, #93383

Welcome! I am so happy you are here. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have the privilege to support individuals, couples, youth, and families during vulnerable times. I believe in the power and importance of human connection as we heal and grow. I am committed to meeting you where you are and working alongside you as you learn more about yourself and your connection to others. 


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. 


Navigating life’s challenges can be overwhelming and hard! My goal is to support and empower you as you move towards a more connected, joy-filled life. When you are ready, I would be honored to join you on your path to healing.

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

Contact Katie: (916) 572-2752 or katie@arfamilycounseling.com

Fee: $145