Is the director of Sequoia Counseling Services. Her specialty is in working with adults abused as children, sexual addiction, anger expression work, and group therapy. She also has training in "Heart Centered" Hypnotherapy and Somatic Experiencing. She provides individual, group, and couples therapy. She has been in practice for 30 years.
Is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 20 years of experience working with individuals, children, couples and families. She has received her Master degree in Counseling Psychology from Mc Gill University in Montreal, Canada, and speaks French fluently. She has extensive experience in providing effective individual and group therapy in a variety of settings. She specializes in working with parents and children from the ages of 4 to 13 years, around issues of divorce, parenting, grief, self-esteem, behavioral problems and trauma. She uses play therapy, which includes sandtray, as well as cognitive-behavioral and family systems in her approach to treatment.
A bi-lingual English and Spanish speaking, licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Has taught sports psychology for the athletic department at the College of San Mateo for 5 years. He has experience helping individuals with drug and alcohol abuse, anger issues, depression, and general adjustment to life. He has extensive experience in treating chronic pain issues. His training includes biofeedback relaxation with an emphasis on diaphragmatic breathing, distraction, and hypnosis to reduce pain symptoms, along with cognitive therapy and mental health support.
Merrilee Nolan Gibson
Holds degrees from San Francisco State University, Notre Dame de Namur University, and Ryokan College. With over 20 years clinical experience with children, teens, adults, families and couples in private practice, public and private agencies, as well as previous experience as a music teacher and performer, Dr. Gibson utilizes humanistic/experiential, client-centered therapy recognizing the individual’s vast inner resources for self-actualization, so that therapy becomes a growth experience. As appropriate, mindfulness, creative arts, and recent directions in brain science may be incorporated. Child- centered play therapy, a complete therapeutic system, is used with children.
Welcome! I have been a practicing therapist in the Bay Area since 2002 and I have special experience with young children and teens, parenting, autism, relationship challenges, anxiety and depression, chronic pain and substance abuse. I enjoy supporting new parents, teens and adults with life’s challenges. As a therapist, I will help you focus on your unique strengths in a warm and collaborative setting while addressing the concerns you bring to each session. I follow a humanistic approach to psychotherapy and often incorporate specialized training in Imago Relationship Therapy, CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and/or biofeedback into sessions with clients depending on the goals addressed in therapy. To learn more about me, please visit my website. www.zoegillispiephd.com.
LICENSE # PSY22404
Is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her approach to therapy is solution focused and brief (whenever possible). She has been a therapist for 19 years and has CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) Certification. She also has advanced Coaching and NLP training. Vikki facilitates process groups for individual adults, where clients can work through their family issues. She specializes in (Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples) Certification; another type of brief therapy. Each couple learns how they are contributing to problems in their relationship, how to increase emotional attachment and renew their feelings of love and commitment for each other. Vikki also offers counseling for individual adults focused on relationships, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, self-esteem. Telephone appointments are available for individuals after initial meetings. For more information visit www.vikkihoobyar.com
Licensed Social Worker has a special interest is working with adults and children who struggle with anxiety and panic. Having special training in “The New Mood Therapy” developed by David Burns, MD, author of The book “Feeling Good”, Jacqui incorporates results oriented therapy methods, along with family systems therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy to create life long changes without long-term counseling. Jacqui also has extensive experience assisting parents with special needs children advocating for services and overall case management.
Dino is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist , His special focus is with Children, Adolescents, Young Adults and Families. Dino works with individuals struggling with Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Substance Abuse and Compulsive/intrusive thoughts. Dino also works with high conflict families and couples struggling with issues of parenting, Midlife/work, and empty nest issues. Dino utilizes CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solutions Focused, Mindfulness and Object Relations approaches to treatment.
Works with youth, adults and families. She is dedicated to providing a supportive strength based setting for personal growth. Linda believes that adversity can serve as a healing agent for change. Her focus is to strengthen self protective and self assertive skills to deal with stress, anger, and feelings of victimization. She believes in helping one develop conscious awareness of warning signals and dysfunctional patterns of thought and behavior. This improves decision-making capacity and helps to develop realistic personal goals that foster healthy self esteem. Visit her website at or contact her at
Brad blends a humanistic approach to therapy with evidence-based cognitive psychologies to address your unique situation. Brad brings not only extensive training and licensure to therapy, but also a long and rich background of life experience, working around the world with many cultures. Brad has experience helping clients with depression, anxiety (including panic attacks), grief, and severe anger issues. Brad is trained in Seven Challenges, a harm-reduction program to treat substance abuse. Brad’s practice places particular focus on adults still affected by childhood trauma, as well as self-esteem and confidence difficulties that limit fulfillment in life. Major life upheavals such as divorce and mid-life transitions, and men’s sexual issues are also of primary interest. Brad sees teens to elder adults.
Marie de la Paz,Psy.D.
License # PSY20000
My approach is based on principles from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a mindfulness-based behavioral approach that has been empirically-validated to be effective across a wide range of diagnoses, age groups and cultural backgrounds. I enjoy working with tweens/teens, individual adults, parents and families struggling with challenges related to parent-child issues, ADHD, grief, transgender, adoption, spirituality and acculturation. I also have a passion for working with women, including first-time mothers and mothers dealing with post-partum depression.
Donald is a practicing intern both as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFTi) and as a Professional Clinical Counselor (PCCi); he is also working on his doctorate in marriage and family therapy. Donald has been a part of three different startup companies - all which grew to global concerns - and has vast experience in the areas of stress reduction, anxiety management and life/work balance methodologies to help like professionals in Silicon Valley. Don has also worked extensively with families as a marriage therapist; children who have attachment disorders and people suffering from grief in preparation of the loss of a loved one or who have suffered loss already. He is experienced in the areas of trauma reduction through the use of Trauma Focused CBT.
Donald is supervised by Ms. Pat Grabianowski, MFT25517
Has over 40 years of experience providing mental health services in residential, inpatient and outpatient settings with children, adolescents and adults. He specializes in working with individuals, couples, and men's groups regarding loss, depression, life changes, work stress, couples issues, and wellness/self growth. His approach and framework are systems, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and developmental models. He approaches therapy with a relational perspective.
Deborah Dowse Runyeon
M.S., MFT, CGP
Has a Masters in Counseling from San Francisco State University. She has 20 years experience working with a variety of clients: elders, families, HIV/AIDS patients, and seriously mentally ill adults using group, individual, and family therapy. She has a special interest working with adults using Sand Tray therapy, and group therapy.
Received a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 1994. Her treatment focus includes: emotional eating, food addiction, depression, social anxiety and grief. Her approach combines Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-based practices.Visit her website at: www.intentionallifestlyes.com for more information.
Is a therapist and educator, who has been working with individuals, families and couples for over three decades. She received a Masters in Clinical Psychology from JFK University in March of 1998. Holly specializes in adolescent and family treatment, including experience in agencies, group homes and a hospital IOP program. In her private practice, Holly also works with individuals, families and couples addressing a wide range of issues, including mood disorders and complicated grief. She uses education and consultation to stay updated on evidence-based treatments. Holly also welcomes clients with gender dysphoria.
Holly M.Z. Spiers
Is a member of the Mills/Peninsula Psychiatry Department and is board certified in clinical social work by the American Board of Examiners. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She has twenty years experience treating anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual abuse and relationship problems. She specializes in treating panic attacks, and has written articles on the subject. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Has 30+ years of psychotherapeutic experience in inpatient and outpatient settings. Besides premarital, marriage, and divorce recovery training and skills, his other specialties are: chemical dependency counseling, grief counseling, seniors counseling, and Christian counseling.
Beth has been working with children, adolescents, parents, and families both in school settings and private practice for 25 years. Her degree is in Child Clinical Psychology and she currently also oversees a counseling program for a nonprofit in the local high schools. Her clinical work focuses on strengths and children’s resilience as well as addressing any behavioral issues. She has extensive experience working with adolescents struggling with anxiety, PTSD, trauma, and substance use/ abuse. She enjoys working with both youth and families and collaborating with outside resources including schools to ensure families are able to address any additional issues outside of therapy.
Each member of our group is a Licensed Private Practitioner with
multiple years of experience in their field of expertise.
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