Who We Are
It takes THE VILLAGE is a private practice that was established in 2012.
We are a team of qualified, experienced professionals including: Occupational Therapists, Marriage and Family Therapists and Speech Therapists. With a staff of over 10, we have a variety of skills and specialties to serve you.
THE VILLAGE Approach
We believe that by working together to provide more collaborative and comprehensive intervention, we can help our clients and their families to progress in a more effective and efficient manner. Working together under one roof creates an environment in which consultation between therapists can occur very quickly and therefore the input can be easily integrated into therapy sessions.
At THE VILLAGE we have the ability to have multiple counselors working together to support individual members of a family and the family as a whole. We are also able to provide Occupational Therapy and Speech simultaneously in order to enrich the therapeutic experience. This is a unique opportunity which we, at THE VILLAGE, are thrilled to provide members of our community.
We chose our name because we believe that it takes a village perspective to support our clients.
Wendy Pickren, MS, OTR/L
Co-Founder of It Takes THE VILLAGE
Wendy Pickren is the leader of the Occupational Therapy team.
Wendy earned a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy and Certification in Early Childhood Special Education from San Jose State University in 1994. She has continued to advance her education with many specialized courses and trainings since that time.
The “occupation” of a child typically involves self-care skills, communication, gross and fine motor skills, education, and socialization. Wendy skillfully focuses on the foundations of sensory processing and psychosocial and physical meaningful activities which are components of these daily challenges.
In addition to refined clinical observation skills, Wendy utilizes many standardized assessments and treatment protocols to work with children’s physical performance and sensory processing. She holds advanced training and certification in the SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test), which is considered to be the “Gold Standard” in pediatric Occupational Therapy.
Wendy resides in Folsom, California, with her twin sons and her dog Kuna, “The Three Legged Wonder”. While Wendy is seriously dedicated to her work, she is also seriously dedicated to play.
Amy Loulan, MS, LMFT
Co-Founder of It Takes THE VILLAGE
Amy Loulan is the leader of the Counseling team.
Amy Loulan earned a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and School Counseling at San Francisco State University in 1997 and was licensed in 2000 as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She also holds a credential in Pupil Personnel Services. She worked as a therapist and clinical manager at Sacramento Children’s Home in Sacramento, CA before opening a private practice in 2004 in El Dorado Hills.
She works from an eclectic theoretical framework using many cognitive-behavioral tools, with a focus on solution-oriented outcome-based therapy.
Amy has worked closely with many community professionals including pediatricians, attorneys, school administrators and teachers and has maintained professional contracts with Placer, El Dorado and Sacramento Counties.
Amy resides in El Dorado Hills, CA with twin daughters and son, their two dogs, a parakeet, and a leopard gecko. When she isn’t tending to this team or the team at THE VILLAGE, she enjoys exercising and running in half-marathons.