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

Are you a fire/flood survivor looking for help? Please check out Visit the NAMI Warmline. Find therapists offering free sessions here. Take a trauma-informed yoga class. Indulge in forest bathing. 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.”

2019 President's Welcome

from Tara D'Orazio, LMFT

Welcome to the Redwood Empire Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists! We provide stimulating presentations the first Friday of every month (except July and August), along with time to network and the chance to win a raffle prize, all while you nosh on yummy selections from our brunch. You will be warmly welcomed at the door and receive CEUs for listening to engaging speakers. Uhhh, why wouldn’t you join us??

I’m honored and humbled to serve such a dedicated association. Our Leadership Circle and committee volunteers work so hard to make our mission statement a living reality. We want you to attend and discover just how valuable a resource RECAMFT could be for you!

Along with the excellent programs for our clinical community, RECAMFT continues to stand by the colleagues in our chapter who lost homes and businesses in the 2017 NorCal Wildfires. We have played an active role in community-wide outreach and care for our disaster-stricken community throughout 2018.

While recovery continues as a predominant theme in Sonoma County, as incoming President I want to underscore the significance of maintaining resilience and being ready. Disasters, whether personal or national, are unpredictable! But, readiness and steadiness in the face of the unimaginable, are entirely doable and achievable. I invite you to join us onto that important journey (and if you are already there, BRAVO!).

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,

Tara D'Orazio, 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.

In the wake of the Kincade fire, a message from

Past President Doreen Van Leeuwen

Advanced Critical Incident Responder, Disaster Mental Health Specialist. 

Dear Colleagues:

     Our area has been laid siege once again by the histrionics of Mother Nature, and we are again confronted with devastating images, triggering winds and heat, massive displacement, and uncertainty all around. We can take comfort in the fact that it appears as of this writing that there has been no loss of life. But there is trauma, fear, and grief & loss all around us again.

     My heart goes out to this community of healers that I am so deeply proud to be part of, and about which I am so concerned. It is my sincere hope that our members are spared the worst of the destruction, but I also know that you are all impacted in smaller and bigger ways as this series of incidents drags on. Although I have been evacuated I have a safe place to stay, and I am well.

     Should any of you need debriefing, I am glad to set up some one-on-one time for you via video or face-to-face. I am also available to set up a group debriefing as soon as it seems safe to move around again. I know many of you are spread hither and yon, making it difficult to plan anything, and, I don’t want to necessitate any more driving than necessary for any of you right now.

     Please contact me if you have a need for some assistance, and we will do what we can to help with resources on hand. I can be reached at 951-347-1837 or

     With thanks and love for each of you,

     Doreen Van Leeuwen, LMFT

RECAMFT is in the news - again! CAMFT 2017-18 President, and RECAMFT member Dr. Bob Casanova was quoted in his role as an LMFT as he prepared to evacuate during the Kincade fire, in "Evacuation orders create agonizing decision for Sonoma County residents" by Julie Johnson. 

Pulitzer prize-winning staff published an article about how our community was coping approximately 10 months after the 2017 fires. Our own 2019 President 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 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 Paradigm San Francisco - Teen Treatment Center for being our Grand Sponsor of our Sept. 27th Suicide Prevention Workshop! Paradigm SF is a teen treatment center who treats addiction and mental illness, including bipolar disorder, suicide/depression and eating disorders. Their number is 866-298-8364.

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

We welcome and thank our own members, Dr. Bob Casanova, LMFT and Rosa Toral, LMFT (ph. 707-544-7000) as our Platinum Sponsor! Bob and Rosa provide educational and therapeutic placement and consulting to parents and teens.

Our Gold Sponsors for our Suicide Workshop are CPH & Associates: Professional Liability Insurance and Simple Practice: Practice Management Software. Thank you! 

Featured member

Next meeting: Fri., Feb. 7th, 11:00 am

"Understanding How Military Service Affects Families"

Presented by John Schempf, LMFT

  • Odd Fellows Hall
  • 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa.
  • 1.5 CEs are free for members, or $15 for non-members. 
  • Register here.


Fri., 1/31/20

Law & Ethics with the ever popular Dave Jensen, JD is coming Friday, Jan. 31, 2020! 

Don't miss it! Register here.

Above (L-R): 2017-18 CAMFT President Bob Casanova,  2017-18 RECAMFT President Erica Thomas, and Dave Jensen, JD.

Chapter Events

"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. 

Many thanks to Ashly Thompson at Avery Lane Women's Rehab for her sponsorship of our Suicide Workshop! 

Thank you to Azure Acres for your Bronze sponsorship of our Suicide Workshop!

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. 

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."

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

Featured member

Please check out some pictures from

RECAMFT's 2019 Law & Ethics Day-long Conference!

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Tables were festive for 2019 Law & Ethics Workshop!

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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