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My Personal Message to You:

“May you always remember your innate beauty and the treasures that lie within you. May you walk toward your own true light with unwavering integrity. When challenges face you, as they assuredly will throughout life, may you meet them with courage that stems from your extraordinary inner strength. When you doubt or feel alone, trust that there are others who will support you and guide you when you call out. May you always remember that you are here for a purpose, and every day of your life you have the incredible opportunity to be true to yourself. May your life be filled with the light of love, integrity, peace, and wisdom.”

Joy from Fear

Create the Life of Your Dreams!
Let my book guide you along the way!

If you find yourself running away from fear, you’re running in the wrong direction. Fear demands that we move toward it, face it and hear its messages. When we fail to do this, the price is chronic anxiety, sleeplessness, damaged relationships, skyrocketing pharmaceutical use, and more. In my enlightening new book Joy from Fear, I explain that fear is not the enemy we thought it was; fear, when faced with awareness, is the powerful ally and best friend we all need.

My work is firmly based in science but goes far beyond presenting the dry facts. Joy from Fear offers page after page of real-life examples, insights, easy-to-use tools, and life-changing exercises. Coining the term transformational fear, I illuminate the importance of embracing fear’s messages for a transformed life filled with freedom and lasting happiness.

The book is now available for purchase.

“She shows a way, clearly and with certainty, to shift from fear that can tear a life apart to reimagining the role of fear in life.”

Thomas Moore, New York Times Bestselling Author of Care of the Soul and Ageless Soul

“Fear Has The Ability To Bring Us To Our Knees In Self-Doubt.
It Also Has The Capacity To Bring Us To The Greatest Heights Of Who We Are. ” 

– Carla Marie Manly’s, “Joy from Fear” —

As a Practicing Psychologist, I Specialize in the Treatment of
Anxiety, Depression, and Relationship Issues

Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma

We live in a very chaotic, stress-filled world. As a result, many women and men suffer from chronic anxiety, depression, and the effects of trauma. While medication can sometimes be very helpful, psychotherapy can help you understand and often resolve the underlying causes of your distress.


With busy, stressful lives, we often neglect our most intimate and most vitally important relationships. Interpersonal strife often increases when relationships are left untended, and dysfunctional patterns may take hold.


Many families encounter significant periods of difficulty as natural life transitions occur. It is often difficult for parents to successfully navigate the wide variety of issues and problems that arise as their families grow and change.

Sex and Intimacy

Many individuals and couples struggle unnecessarily with concerns surrounding sexual intimacy. Healthy sexual intimacy is a crucial aspect of relationships, yet there is often a lack of open and honest discussion on this important topic.

Sexuality and Gender Identity

Gender Identity and Sexual Identity issues can be a source of intense personal challenge. From gaining self-understanding to struggling with fears of discrimination, exclusion, and isolation, the journey into gender and sexual identity concerns are sensitive and highly personal.


As a psychotherapist, I cannot hope to meet the unique needs of all potential clients; when an individual has presenting needs that might be better served by another therapist, I gladly make referrals.

My Approach

Individuals seeking a psychotherapist are often fearful that they are broken, damaged, or defective; a sense of feeling alone, bruised, and isolated is not uncommon. Those who come to me often carry a burden of guilt or sadness over prior or current life issues. I work with each client in a collaborative, compassionate approach that brings the individual into a new space of comfort and security. The cornerstones of my practice are respect, integrity, and compassion. Each client who comes to me is evaluated and treated as a unique, extraordinary individual. At the first appointment, the client and I review questions and concerns, and we formulate a treatment plan that addresses specific target areas. From this point forward, the client and I work together to move away from old thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that have been damaging and constricting. This is no easy task, yet my clients come to enjoy the challenging, yet highly supportive interplay, that often allows rapid movement into a more satisfying and fulfilled lifestyle.


My collaborative approach is respectful of each individual’s personal challenges. As therapy progresses, I am continuously responsive to the client’s often changing needs. I build rapport and trust with each client-a truly valuable therapeutic relationship. My clients quickly realize that I am nonjudgmental, and they sense my absolute respect for their individuality. What comes forth in each therapy session-in a safe and confidential environment- allows the individual to feel heard, understood, and seen without the unkind eyes of judgment. In what often proves to be the first openly secure and supportive environment ever experienced by the client, I become both guide and witness to the individual’s journey of exploration and self-understanding.

“Hardships Often Prepare Ordinary People For An Extraordinary Destiny.” 

– C.S. Lewis –

Contact Me

Making the decision to contact a therapist is often difficult and anxiety-provoking. If this is how you feel, know that you are not alone. It is common to feel worried when encountering new situations, especially those that involve addressing your most personal thoughts, feelings, and life circumstances. When you are ready, please feel free to telephone me at (707)236-0012. If you prefer e-mail, a message may be sent


I reply to e-mail messages as time permits, often within 24-hours. Telephone voicemail messages are checked routinely, and I respond as quickly as possible. All inquiries are confidential as protected by applicable laws.


In the event of an emergency, immediately call “911.”

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