Winner! 2018 CAMFT Chapter Excellence Award for Best Community Involvement and Outreach

Are you a fire survivor looking for help? Please check out Visit the NAMI Warmline. Find therapists offering free sessions here. Take a trauma-informed yoga class. Go on a forest bathing walk. Download these helpful Healthcare Foundation flyers in English and Spanish. Find out how to help the Wildfire Mental Health CollaborativeWe will recover together! 


RECAMFT is an organization dedicated to maintaining the professional standards and ethics as defined by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists ( We provide the local Sonoma County community with information about the services and expertise of Marriage and Family Therapists and offer professional networking, educational activities and events for the membership.

Our Mission: "The purpose of RECAMFT is to promote and maintain professional competence and integrity with knowledge, innovation, compassion, humor and respect for human dignity and diversity. We do this by providing opportunities for networking, education and community outreach.”

Erica Thomas, LMFT2018 President's Welcome

from Erica Thomas, LMFT

Welcome to the Redwood Empire Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists! We meet on the first Friday of each month (except July and August), and hope you will join us.

I am so very proud of our chapter, as it has risen to the challenges created by the 2017 NorCal fires. The fires created serious problems for both our members and the community. Our chapter has taken on a greater role within the community at large, offering disaster mental health training, community support groups and free counseling, providing volunteer counselors for schools, interacting with various groups county-wide to help create mental health support to keep #SonomaCountyStrong. 

Please explore our website, come to our meetings, or contact us to find out more about this dynamic group of the best colleagues you could ever have. Direct your questions to Welcome to RECAMFT!

With gratitude for our important work together,

Erica Thomas, LMFT

The Best CE Bargain! You can earn ALL your CEs for renewal, simply by attending the monthly RECAMFT meetings and taking our Law & Ethics six-hour seminar in the spring. It's the best CE bargain anywhere and includes fun networking with your colleagues, a wide variety of interesting speakers and topics, a chance to get known in the community for what you do, and great snacks!

Monthly meetings are open to the public and no charge. RECAMFT provides CEs for professionals who are licensed with the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences. There is no charge to members for 1.5 CEs at the general monthly meetings. Non-members who desire CEs can pay $15 to purchase a CE certificate.

RECAMFT is in the news - again! Pulitzer prize-winning staff reporter Martin Espinoza has just published an article about how our community is coping approximately 10 months after the fires. Our own President Elect and disaster mental health expert, Doreen Van Leeuwen, was interviewed for this wonderful article

Read Martin Espinoza's Press Democrat article about the Wildfire Mental Health Collaboration here. President Elect Doreen Van Leeuwen was featured in this article

RECAMFT has taken a major role in providing free therapy for the public. Found out more on our Resources page

Thank you to Ashly Thompson (415-688-0240) and Treatment Placement Specialists  for being the 2018 & 2019 Grand Sponsor of our annual Law & Ethics! 

We are grateful to you for helping us as we work to recover from the Oct. 2017 wildfires which devastated our community.  Find out more about sponsorship here

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Next General Meeting: Fri., Jan.  4th, 2019

"Cultivating Empowerment: Preventing Suicide in the LGBTQ Communities Using LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy" 

Presented by: Rick Grant-Coons, PsyD.

Register here!

Fri., Jan. 4th, 11-1, networking starts at 10:30 am.  

Come at 9:30 to attend our Annual Members Meeting Brunch! Fun and surprises for all!! Stay to hear Dr. Grant-Coons afterwards.  Register for the Annual Members Meeting Brunch here

All are welcome. Event: no charge. 1.5 free CEs for RECAMFT members; $15 CE Certificate for non-members. 

"Brief Disaster Response Training for Helping Professionals, a video presentation" 

This 2 hr presentation features Doreen Van Leeuwen, LMFT, Advanced Critical Incident Responder, Disaster Mental Health Specialist. The video, handouts, slides and other resources are available to the general public at no charge. Click here to start watching. 

Do you have a Professional Will? 

Find everything you need to create one on the Members' Only page.  Not a RECAMFT member? This is just one more good reason to join today

Chapter Events

Are you looking for a Medi-Cal provider?

We are constantly updating our Therapist Directory to reflect providers who take Medi-Cal. 

You can search for a provider on the Beacon website here. When prompted for "Plan name/Code" enter "partnership."

Are you looking for a therapy group?

Our members offer a wide array of groups for the public. Please click the image below for a PDF list of groups available currently. 

Jan. 25th - Save the date! 

Once again, Law & Ethics with the ever popular and dynamic.... 

  • Dave Jensen, JD!
  • Fri., Jan. 25, 2019
  • Windsor, CA 
  • Registration here now to get the early registration discount.

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Pics from RECAMFT's 2018 Law & Ethics day-long training. RECAMFT set a new CAMFT record for number of attendees at a chapter L&E event! 

Above L to R: CAMFT President Bob Casanova, RECAMFT President Erica Thomas, CAMFT Executive Director Nabil El-Ghoroury.

Dave Jensen is always a favorite presenter at RECAMFT. He makes a dry topic, fascinating, and amusing. This was the first chapter event our new CAMFT Executive Director attended. RECAMFT set a high bar for other chapters to follow! 

Above L to R: CAMFT President Bob Casanova, RECAMFT President Erica Thomas, CAMFT Staff Attorney Dave Jensen.  

Below: Nabil took a selfie including both the CAMFT and RECAMFT Presidents, and past president of CAMFT and RECAMFT, Laura Strom. 

Thank you to Ed Aiona and the Sonoma County Water Agency for giving us permission to display

the photo of the Russian River. Pictures of redwood trees and leaves by RECAMFT member Laura Strom are used with permission. 

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