LAURA SLAGLE, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, MFC83605 ~ Owner & Supervisor
Laura Slagle is the owner of the therapy practice and provides employment and supervision to two talented intern therapists so that more individuals can be served in our community. Laura is a graduate of Chapman University, and lives with her family in Fresno, CA. She provides counseling and psychoptherapy to children, adults, couples, and families in her private practice.
Laura is an experienced speaker and has a passion for providing staff training and parent education for school districts, foster family agencies, adoption groups, churches, and other non-profits.
A long-time professional, Laura has over three decades of experience working with children and families as an educator, administrator, advocate, case manager, and mental health professional.
Laura began her career as a Montessori teacher in Michigan and the Bay Area of California. After becoming a foster and adoptive parent, moving to Fresno, and becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), she became interested in helping children who had experienced trauma and loss.
In 2009, Laura went back to school to get her MA in Psychology from Chapman University with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has also completed additional training in child welfare, couples therapy, and therapeutic parenting.
For the past several years, Laura has been providing psychotherapy in a variety of settings, including non-profit agencies, school districts, and private practice settings.
JESSICA CRUZ, Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, AMF85675
Jessica strives to create a safe and nurturing environment to facilitate the therapeutic process in order
to provide genuine healing and wholeness to individuals, couples, and families.
Jessica attended Fresno State and was the President of Chi Sigma Phi, Fresno State chapter of Chi Sigma
Iota, counseling academic and professional honor society international. She holds a Master of Arts in
Marriage and Family Therapy. For the past five years, Jessica has been working with children and
families in the foster care system and adoptions. Jessica has experience treating children, adolescents,
and adults with diverse backgrounds and ranges of concerns. Jessica interests and specialties include
serving clients with: trauma and abuse, attachment issues, anger and stress management, grief and loss,
depression, anxiety, adolescent issues, and family issues.
Cheryl Hixson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, lic #105273.
Cheryl has a comfortable style that helps her clients feel safe. She believes that life is stressful and even positive life experiences such as a new job, new relationship, or even childbirth can lead some people to seek therapy. Her philosophy is that healthy relationships help the healing process. Her passions are helping her clients navigate through difficult life experiences with specialty areas of parenting, bonding and attachment, depression, anxiety, aftermath of childhood trauma, and PTSD.
Cheryl is a longtime professional with a background as a Health Educator in obstetrics. She says working with newborns and their parents has given her a great appreciation for how difficult it can be for moms who experience anxiety and mood disorders during pregnancy or after birth. She received additional training from Postpartum Support International to be able to specialize in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and an additional certificate from Fresno State in Foundations of Infant Mental Health.
Cheryl graduated in 2012 with her MS in counseling with a focus on marriage, family and child therapy from the University of Phoenix. She has experience working with couples, individuals, families, children and groups. She is also an accomplished speaker able to present on a variety of topics. If you would like to know more about Cheryl, she has her own website where you can learn more: www.enhancingfamilyconnections.com