INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY THERAPY TEAM
Christie Dooley, M.A., LMFT
Christie began working in the field of Substance Abuse and co-occurring disorders in 2015 while in Grad School. Christie became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in 2021. Christie has a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and a master’s degree in psychology. She has worked in both private practice and treatment facility settings offering CBT, DBT, and Psychodynamic approaches to individuals, groups, couples, and families. Christie is also certified in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) to help clients suffering with PTSD. Christie is passionate about helping individuals, struggling with substance use and co-occurring disorders because, “I’ve learned sometimes we must experience discomfort to meet growth. And if me and my team at Forward can provide a safe space that supports personal growth and wellbeing, then it’s my honor to be a part of the journey”.
Chad Brandon, M.S., AMFT
Chad was born in Madera California. He received a BA in psychology and a MS in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from California State University, Fresno. Chad is a Registered Associate Marriage Family Therapist working towards his his MFT License. Chad is passionate using his skills to help families touched by Autism and other developmental disabilities. In his free time Chad is a member of the Fresno Golden Dogs Rugby Team and enjoys outdoor activities with his family.
Sherrie Mackert, M.S.W, ASW
Sherrie was raised in Visalia, CA. She received her BS in Criminal Justice with emphasis in addiction and juvenile delinquency from Kaplan University and graduated with her MSW from Walden University. She has worked as a forensic social worker for 28 years and was trained in CBT. Sherrie is now using that experience in work with children in the mental health arena. She is currently sitting for her Association of Play Therapy certification in Gestalt Play Therapy and is attending the West Coast Institute of Gestalt Therapy for a certification as being formally training in Gestalt. Sherrie specializes in working with children and youth who struggle with adapting to their ADHD diagnosis and those who have experienced trauma. Sherrie is currently working towards her doctorate in Humanities at Shasta Bible College.