Meet our Board of Directors


Catherine Adams, LMFT, President

Catherine Adams received her MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2004. She worked at the Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara, CA as a clinical supervisor and case manager for the Centre for Living with Dying program for grief for 17 years.

Catherine now has a busy private practice in Rescue, CA where she specializes in trauma, grief, and attachment repair.

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Laurie Linsley, LMFT, President-Elect

Laurie was born and raised in Cupertino, CA and went to CSU, Fresno to get her undergraduate degree in Recreational Therapy. She then ventured to Anchorage, AK and started a family. She later got divorced and raised two children going back to school in 2009 to get her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. After living up there for 23 years she returned to CA in 2018 to be closer to her immediate family. She is currently licensed in both states and enjoys working with families. One of Laurie's favorite interventions is working with the clients at the ranch with her horses, being outdoors in nature, and providing hands-on experiences.

Laurie has two children, her son aged 23 is a small business owner providing personal fitness and nutrition coaching to others. He is working on his Master's Degree in exercise science and nutrition. Her daughter aged 21 is a horse trainer and barn manager in Oregon.

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Lynne Thomson, LMFT, Past-President

Lynne has been working in the mental health field since 2000. Her experiences include providing crisis intervention, advocacy services, and counseling at a local domestic violence/rape crisis center. Subsequently, Lynne worked at a local community counseling agency providing therapy services to adults, adolescents, and children and then worked at an outpatient clinic associated with a local psychiatric hospital. Currently, Lynne has a private practice in Roseville.

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Dean Bender, LMFT, CFO

Dean has been giving therapy for over 20 years and is licensed as an MFT in California, Utah, and Idaho. He earned an MS in Counseling Psychology from National University in 2002. He worked for over ten years at LDS Family Services.  He taught Marriage and parenting classes, with his wife of 50 years, for eight years.

He treats couples, mood disorders, life changes, trauma, employment and financial issues. He has been a board member and treasurer of the international organization AMCAP: Association of Latter-day Saint Counselors and Psychotherapists. He uses CBT, DBT, Solution Focused, and spiritual interventions. 

Dean also has an MBA and for 38 years a license as a Certified Public Accountant. This license is now retired.

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Betty Murphy, LMFT, Secretary

Betty A. Murphy has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California since 1995. She was a Tier III Therapist with the United States Marine Corps since 2004 and retired from Government Service in 2014. During those years of service, she had been entrusted to care for the short-term mental health needs of both military and civilian personnel and was Manager of the Family Advocacy Program (FAPM) as well.

In her earlier years she worked in the field of child welfare in San Bernardo as well as with Foster Family Agency in Los Angeles with the County of San Bernardino as well as with a Foster Family Agency in Los Angeles County. Betty Murphy started a Private Practice as an LMFT in 2014 and has continued her practice when she relocated to Northern California to be close to family. As of November 2021, her practice will be Telehealth only. She looks forward to continuing to serve her clients in this innovative manner of offering needed counseling to both Veterans and Civilians.

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Linda Ankeney, LMFT, Member At Large

As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Linda welcomes clients of diverse ages, backgrounds, cultures, religions and genders/non-genders. She graduated from National University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and has completed coursework for a Masters in Sociology.

Linda's work experience includes several years of serving and empowering children, teens, adults, and families via mental health clinics, school-based sites, and community-based non-profit organizations. She has been in private practice in Roseville since 2010.

Linda loves her job and feels that she was born to be a Therapist!

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Honey Cowan, LMFT, Member At Large

Honey Cowan started her diverse career by graduating from Sinai Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. She continued her education with a BS in Animal Science from St. Joseph College and a Clinical Counseling Degree from Cal State Hayward. All of which led her to build Healing Pastures at C Horse Ranch working with horses and often therapy animals. Combined with the help of therapy animals and her in-depth background, Honey helps individuals with special needs, as well as individual needs with Adults, Children and Families to grow and excel. She also has a private practice in Auburn, California.

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Donna Hutcheson, LMFT, Member At Large

Pursuing her passion, Donna graduated from California Southern University with a MA in Psychology magna cum laude. She gained valuable experience working on the behavioral health team at the Placer County Medical Clinic. In this position, she worked in direct collaboration with a team of dedicated physicians, medical staff and psychiatrist integrating Whole Person Care approach with her clients. As a Staff Clinician at Sierra Mental Wellness Group, she launched into a trauma-informed approach gaining experience and training in EMDR and Brainspotting.

More recently Donna has become certified as a Grief Counselor. She enjoys her private practice working with clients virtually throughout the State of California. She has been a member of the Sierra Foothills CAMFT Chapter since 2014 and has served on the Pre-licensed Committee and currently as a Member at Large. In her leisure time she enjoys being out in nature hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and spending time with family and friends.

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