Therapists

Sequoia Counseling and Therapy Services offers professional assistance to individuals, couples, and families including teenagers and children.

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Pat Grabianowski

Pat Grabianowski

MFT

Pat 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.

Suki Dennis

Suki Dennis

M.A., MFT.

Received her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda. She has extensive experience working with children in conjunction with the family, and in couples therapy. Her approach is informed by the work of Terry Real at The Relational Life Institute, the work of Susan Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Family Systems theory. Her style is direct, honest, curious and collaborative. She has also been trained in EMDR and hypnosis to address traumatic experience. She provides therapy for couples, parents, families and individuals. For more information: www.sukidennismft.com

Sophie Dufault

Sophie Dufault

MFT

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

Robert Durazzo

MFT

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.

Sandra Feltner

Sandra Feltner

MS., MFT.

A licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She provides counseling to individuals, couples, families and groups. She has extensive experience in the treatment of mood disorders, depression, panic, anxiety, schizophrenia, trauma, addiction, loss and grief, and relationship problems. Her special interest is in helping couples and individuals who are experiencing emotional and personal difficulties dealing with infertility. She is also a licensed EMDR clinician. www.sandrafeltner.com

Merrilee Nolan Gibson

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.

Vikki Hoobyar

Vikki Hoobyar

M.S., L.M.F.T.

Is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her approach to therapy is solution focused, depth oriented and brief (when possible). She facilitates a group for single women who want to attract and/or improve their romantic relationships. Vikki offers counseling for individual adults focused on depression, anxiety, grief/loss, self esteem, life transitions, meaning and purpose, career and relationship issues. She specializes in Couples Integrative Counseling, which is a compilation of the very best Solution Focused methods and interventions within several models of couples therapy. Couples learn an appreciation for similarities and differences and are given tools to resolve conflict, improve communication and increase relationship satisfaction. Skype and telephone appointments are also available for individuals. For more information visit www.vikkihoobyar.com

Jacqueline Inglis

Jacqueline Inglis

L.C.S.W.

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.

Kathryn Lodato

Kathryn Lodato

MFT.

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. www.kathrynlodatomft.com

Penny Thomas-Proctor

Penny Thomas-Proctor

LMFT

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: www.intentionallifestlyes.com for more information.

Deborah Dowse Runyeon

Deborah Dowse Runyeon

M.A.,MFT

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. counselingforwomeninredwoodcity.com

Holly M.Z. Spiers

Holly M.Z. Spiers

M.A. LMFT

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.

Ray Szpadzinski

Ray Szpadzinski

MFT

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

Ginny Stewart

LCSW

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: gstewartlcsw@aol.com

Beth Walton

Beth Walton

MFT

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.

Terry Wilcox-Rittgers

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 therapy with a relational perspective. http://www.counselingformenredwoodcity.com

Micheal Winston

Micheal Winston

M.A., MFT.

Brings to his work with clients a broad background of clinical & humanistic skills. His emphasis is client-centered, encouraging personal growth using Developmental & Integrative models. Michael has experience working with individuals, couples & families; moving beyond abuse relationships; substance & co-dependency assessment; parenting work. Michael uses a systems & object relations approach to therapy. His training includes individual/couples work using the Enneagram, insight meditation, EMDR, transactional analysis, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy.

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