Dr. Terra Haley, Psy.D., MFT., M.S., Marriage & Family Therapist

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Meet Terra

Terra Haley is a Licensed Marriage, Family and Individual psychotherapist who has been in private practice for over 28 years in CA. Terra specializes in treating Individuals, Couples and Families in private practice in El Dorado Hills . Terra and her husband also lead Marriage Intensives, Matters of the Heart Workshops, teach on Marriage Minute Videos and have written a column entitled, "Marriage Matters" for the C.B Newspaper.

Terra is a graduate of U.C. Davis. She has completed her Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling and all her Doctoral work in Clinical Psychology. In addition, Terra holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Terra is an interactive therapist who is known for her compassion and empathy while being able to gently confront and speak truth in order to bring insight and change for her client's well-being and healing. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With warmth, acceptance and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths, gain insights, disrupt patterns and cycles, face reality, grieve losses and make changes to attain the emotional and spiritual growth they are seeking.

In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Terra has presented at conferences and to general audiences. Terra and her husband Allen designed and co-teach Matters of the Heart Workshops for Couples and Matters of the Heart Workshops for Parents.

Terra lives in El Dorado Hills, CA with her husband Allen where they hold Marriage Intensives on their 10 acre property. She has two adult children Bethany who is married to Greg and Luke who is married to Sarah. Terra loves spending time with her family, grandchildren, dancing west coast swing, hiking, swimming and reading.


Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of: Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, and Relationship Issues.


Couples, Individuals and Families.


Relationship Issues, Couples Dynamics, Couples Conflict, Couples Communication, Parent-Teen Conflicts, Parent-Teen Communication, Family Therapy, Addictions and Codependency, Women's Issues, Personality Disorders, Depression, Sexuality, Love and Sex Addiction, and the Integration of Psychology and Christianity. A specific area of interest is in spiritual issues of psychopathology.


Psychodynamic, Object Relations, Self-Psychology, Family Systems Theory as well as Gestalt and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

Professional Experience

Psychotherapy-Private Practice

Licensed Marriage, Family, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist- Private Practice, 28 Years, 1991-Present.
Treatment of Individuals, Couples, Families and Adolescents.

Creator and Speaker at Matters of the Heart Workshops for Couples

Presenter at Weekend Couples Workshops that focus on dyadic, role-plays, videos, experiential exercises and "heart to heart" dialogs for couples to increase empathy, understanding and deeper attachment & connection.

Sonoma County Adult Detention Facility Intake/Crisis and Group Therapist

Santa Rosa, CA
Assessed incoming 1individuals for homicidal and suicidal ideation and other mental disorders. Worked on the mental health team conducting mental health checks and crisis intervention for inmates. Designed, coordinated, and lead therapeutic groups for female inmates.

Licensed Family and Child Therapist with a PhD in Clinical Psychology

CARE Children's Counseling Center (Santa Rosa, CA)
Performed play therapy and family therapy, treating a broad range of disorders such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Sexual Abuse, and Separation Anxiety. Includes treating parents regarding relational and parenting skills. Taught parenting skills to parents through a two-way mirror. Taught training seminars and provided consultation to other therapists at CARE.

Psychiatric Hospital Group Therapist

CPC Redwoods Psychiatric Hospital (Santa Rosa, CA)
Duties included crisis work for a full range of psychiatric populations in the community. Skills involved training emergencies and handling suicidal, homicidal, and gravely disabled cases (5150's) on a daily basis. Position required liaison work with Police, Psychiatric Emergency Services, Social Services, and other community agencies. This position also included making assessments as part of the crisis team for admission into the hospital.

Trainer of therapists at Medical Clinic

Wake Medical Services (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Taught, organized and trained North Carolina public school counselors in Family Systems techniques and therapy skills. Supervised 30 counselors weekly in training and lab work, behind a two way mirror, along with individual consultation.




  • Christian Counseling Associates, Private Practice
  • Young Life Leader and Co-Area Director-outreach to youth in high school (Davis and Sebastopol, CA)
  • Pastors Wife/Home Missionary-Church Start/Planter of California Community Church (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • Youth Pastors Wife-Bartlett Church (Memphis, TN)
  • Stephen Minister-Bellevue Church (Memphis, TN)
  • Hospital Visitation Team-Bellevue Church (Memphis, TN)
  • Youth group leader and Sunday School teacher-Bellevue and Bartlett Church (Memphis, TN)
  • Small Group Leader of Adults - Redwood Covenant Church (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • High School Youth Counselor - Ponderosa Lodge (Mt. Hermon, CA)
  • Adult Dean- Mt. Gilead Camp (Sebastopol, CA)
  • Speaker, Retreat Leader for Women's Ministry - CA Community, Redwood Covenant Church, Mt. Gilead Conference Center




  • Co-Speaker and Co-Workshop Leader, Matters of the Heart Marriage Ministries, California, Nevada, Oregon, 14 Evidence Based, Principles of Intimacy and Connection in Long Lasting Marriages.
  • Keynote-2022, El Dorado Hills, CA-Moms Connect Workshop-Parenting Children from the Inside Out.
  • Weekend Speaker-2022, El Dorado Hills, CA-Group Intensive Couples Workshop Speaker, Matters of the Heart Marriage Principles
  • Speaker, Workshop Leader, CAMFT Conference California Associates of Marriage and Family Therapist Sacramento CA May 2014 How to Lead Weekend Marriage Intensives- Lead 2-day workshop for Marriage and Family Therapists.
  • Wright University, Berkeley, CA MFT program- Speake/Teacher on Experiential Exercises in Couples Therapy, Treating Infidelity in Couples Therapy
  • Chairperson and Speaker, Memorial Hospital Annual Mother-Daughter Conference- Santa Rosa, Chairperson and Speaker, Interpersonal Communication Between Mother and Daughter; Listening Skills with Empathy
  • Sport Psychology Seminars- San Francisco, Lake Tahoe
    Lecturer and Trainer in Sport Psychology Principles as they relate to Performance Anxiety and Performance goals
  • Speaker Christian Counseling Associates Women's Retreat, Marconi Conference Center, Tamales Bay
    Speaker and Group Leader at Santa Rosa Singles Group, Santa Rosa, CA.
  • Bonding and Attachment in our Love Relationships
  • Boundaries in Dating Relationships
       * Keynote Speaker- Mt. Gilead Conference Center, Sebastopol, CA. Competent to Minister Women's Conference, Keynote Speaker- Ensnared & Entangled with Idols
       * Keynote Speaker, Mt. Gilead's Leadership Training, Mt. Gilead Conference Center, Sebastopol, CA. Keynote Speaker, Healing the Brokenhearted
  • California Community Church (Santa Rosa, CA) Women's Ministry
       * The Women at the Well
       * Tears that Wet His Feet
       * The White-Washed Cup
       * Love, Limits and Letting Go-Parenting
       * Understanding and Shaping your Child's Temperament Bent
       * Twelve Steps for Any Addiction
  • Speaker, Young Married Women, Bellevue Church Women's Ministry, Memphis, TN, A Women's Inner Beauty
  • Women's Ministry Speaker, Redwood Covenant Church, Santa Rosa, CA
    Luncheon Speaker, Following Foreign Gods - Addictions & The Book of Jeremiah
    Stages of Love in a Long-Term Love Relationship
  • Sunday Speaker, Spring Hills Community Church, Santa Rosa, CA
    Addictions: What are They and How to Heal Them
  • Trainer, Care Counseling Center, Santa Rosa, CA
    The Oppositional Defiant Child
  • Speaker & Trainer for Counselors, Mt. Gilead Bible Camp, Sebastopol, CA
    Communication Skills - Listening and Empathy


Professional Affiliations


  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist - CAMFT
  • Redwood Empire Chapter of CAMFT
  • Sonoma County Association of Christian Therapist
  • American Association of Christian Counselors - ACCT

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