Pat Grabianowski,



Is the director of Sequoia Counseling Services. She has been in practice for 30 years. 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.

Sophie Dufault,



Is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 10 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.

Robert Durazzo,



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,

Psy.D. LMFT, 


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.

Jacqueline Inglis,



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 behavior 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.

Kathryn Lodato,



Received a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked extensively with individuals, couples, and groups. Kathryn works with people coping with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and life transition issues, but her primary focus has been helping people face and deal with grief and loss. She brings a collaborative approach to the therapy process, using techniques that include mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and positive psychology. She believes that the circumstances of our lives -- both the joyous and the tragic -- can be the catalyst for change and growth.">

Penny Thomas-Proctor,



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.  Penny has developed a Healthy Lifestyles group in collaboration with a registered dietitian, Jason Mousel, MS RD.  This group provides psychotherapy and nutrition counseling to support men and women with challenges of emotional eating and food addiction. Visit her website at: for more information.

Deborah Dowse Runyeon,



Has a Masters in Counseling from San Francisco State University. She has 15 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.

Holly M.Z. Spiers,



Is a therapist and educator, 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.


Ray Szpadzinski,



Has 20+ 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.

Ginny Stewart,



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:

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Terry Wilcox-Rittgers,

M.S. MFT. 


Has over 25 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 theraapy with a relational perspective.  


Each member of our group is a Licensed Private Practitioner with

years of experience in their field of expertise.