Cyrene Underhill, AMFT

Title: Associate Therapist
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist: AMFT #118032
Supervised by: Grace Malonai, PhD, LPCC, BC-TMH and Katie Malone, LPCC, LMFT
Phone: 925-954-6229, ext. 9#
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​My Approach in Therapy

I want every client to feel welcomed in therapy and have no limits to what they bring into session(s). Clients should feel validated and heard.

I strive to make my clients have a connection in therapy so that they have the one place where they can be themselves. This means being able to talk freely about what is on their mind and feel empowered. Therapy is a judgement-free zone, and this is what I want clients to feel whenever they enter session(s).

The types of therapy that I feel connect the best with clients include strength-based, solution-focused, and person-centered. However, I work with what is best for each client. If a client doesn’t respond well to a certain type of therapy, I will help guide the client to finding what does work for them. I also like bringing art into therapy which can include music, writing/journaling, or painting.

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Personality

To go more in depth about my approach, I think it’s important to know what type of personality I am bringing into the therapy room. The words that have often come up when describing my therapy style include approachable, understanding, and patient. From the moment a client walks into a room, I have a welcoming smile and invite them to be comfortable.
 

Respecting Differences

Starting therapy can be nerve-wrecking, and I understand that as I have also been a client myself. Being understanding is knowing that each client is going to be different, and knowing each person coming into session is going to present a different way. This can be especially true for people with giftedness, high sensitivity, and/or high functioning Autism. I want clients to know that I am there for them as a therapist and will listen to their needs.
 

I Offer Lots of Patience and Compassion

Being patient is also key in therapy. This applies when working with all ages, from young children to older adults. There will be times where a client is not interested in talking about what they initially came into therapy for. There might be other times where someone is triggered and needs to change gears in therapy. I want my clients to know that I am there during each step of their therapy journey by being supportive.
 
I am a compassionate, empathetic person who wants people to be able to come to therapy on their own terms. I hope to be able to connect with you to start on your therapeutic process.
 

Trauma Informed

I have a passion for working with individuals with PTSD, especially regarding trauma of sexual or intimate partner violence, and dissociative traits from the PTSD.

 

Wide Range Of Experience

I enjoy working with all ages, and I especially connect well with teens and young adults. I also have experience working with:

  • Life transitions/changes
  • Anxiety of all types
  • Depression of all types
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • ‘Non-typical’ relationships (non-monogamy, polyamorous)
  • High-functioning developmental disabilities (ASD)
  • Transgender specific issues
  • Teenage specific issues

Clinical Experience

I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #118032) in the process of obtaining hours for Licensure. I am directly supervised by Grace Malonai, PhD, LPCC, BC-TMH and Katie Malone, LPCC, LMFT.
 
Previous to TheraThrive, I worked extensively with LGBTQ+ folks (kids and adults) of all backgrounds as both a group facilitator and an individual therapist.

 

Educational Background

I got my M.A. of Clinical Psychology (Emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy) from Pepperdine University. I obtained a B.S. in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton. I chose a degree in Human Services over Psychology because the Human Services degree required an extra three semesters of practicum field placement work, which I believed was important experience and was better suited for my desire to be a Marriage and Family Therapy.

I am glad I made that choice, and have found that the extra training and clinical work experience was invaluable to becoming a skilled clinician.

 

Personal Interests

I enjoy finding new shows/movies to watch and listening to podcasts/music. Regular exercise (working out) has become a new normal for me; it keeps me grounded and healthy. When I’m able, I also love to take vacations and try new food and new restaurants.