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 neurodiverse clients, including those who are 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 to ask questions. We are here for you!
Doug Ronning, LMFT, RDT/BCT
Licensed Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
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.
Deb Simon, PhD
Dr. Deb works collaboratively and therapeutically with her clients, to spark curiosity within them and help answer any questions they may have about themselves. She strives to provide a comprehensive and authentic understanding of clients’ strengths and challenges they face – academically, socially, emotionally, and intra-personally.
David Millen, AMFT
Senior Associate Therapist
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.
Sean M Peterson, AMFT
Senior Associate Therapist
Rhani Rabago, AMFT
Wendy Rolon, AMFT
Wendy Rolon is warm, caring, smart and thoughtful therapist who takes a strength-based integrative approach. She works with children, teens and adults, and offers tangible skills for the present moment, helping you to honor your unique paths to finding the insights that will carry you forward as you build a peaceful and fulfilling future.
Grace Malonai, PhD, LPCC, BC-TMH
Director, Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
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).