Meet Our Professionals
Our experts are the finest in their field, so that you have access to the best possible support.
Each of our professionals offers a unique style and approach, and we all specialize in helping gifted, highly sensitive and/or intense people of all ages (children, teens, adults, older adults).
Please scroll down and click on the photos or descriptions below to learn more (see our full bios).
If you would like help in determining which clinician may be an especially good fit for you, just let us know, and we would be happy to assist. TheraThrive is open by appointment only, whether for assessment, a single counseling session or ongoing support. Please complete our appointment request form, call us at 925-954-6229, or email us via our contact form to schedule an appointment or to ask any questions. We are here for you!
Doug Ronning, LMFT, RDT/BCT
Doug is an attentive, sensitive, compassionate, respectful, and direct therapist who helps people of all ages (children, teens, adults). He is deeply committed to providing quality care and resources to help you (and/or your family member) lead a more productive, connected, and authentic life.
Grace Kiriakos, PsyD
Therapist and Assessor
Dr. Grace Kiriakos is a warm, insightful and compassionate therapist and assessor, who truly gets the intensity of giftedness, high sensitivity and high functioning Autism. Her work is strength-based, and she loves action-oriented play, art and sand tray therapy, as well as careful listening and talk therapy. She is also an experienced trauma therapist, and offers depth oriented assessment and therapy services.
David Millen, AMFT
David Millen, AMFT, is an empathetic and creative therapist who uses non-directive play therapy and other modalities to support clients to communicate better in their friendships and relationships, and to grow in self understanding and self-esteem. He also believes in supporting his clients to build community cohesion and awareness. (note: the placeholder image is temporary!)
Cyrene Underhill, AMFT
Cyrene Underhill, AMFT, is a kind and patient therapist who provides a safe and confidential space for clients to talk freely, so that they can learn through activities and play, as well as discover and forge meaningful connections with others. Cyrene quickly builds rapport clients of all ages, and provides skilled support through changes and challenges. (note: the placeholder image is temporary!)
Grace Malonai, PhD, LPCC, BC-TMH
Dr. Grace has focused on learning about giftedness, high sensitivity, and sensory issues with the gusto of a highly educated, information-seeking momma bear (that’s a lot of gusto). Over 20 years of this study has allowed her to successfully assist many highly sensitive, intense, gifted children, their parents, and families.
Elizabeth Hays-Lohrey, PsyD
Consultant to TheraThrive
Dr. Elizabeth is an experienced psychologist and assessor who genuinely gets gifted. She deeply respects her clients, and strives to help them find clarity and understanding about their unique strengths, differences and challenges. Dr Elizabeth is a consultant to TheraThrive (not a TheraThrive employee).