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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Cyrene Underhill, AMFT, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at TheraThrive

​My Approach in Therapy

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

I strive to help my clients make a connection in therapy so that they have at least one place where they can be themselves. This means being able to freely talk about what is on their mind and to feel empowered. Therapy is a judgement-free zone, and this is how 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 therapy. I also believe in integrating art into therapy which can include music, writing, journaling, or painting. However, each client is unique, and I want to find what works best for each person. If a client does not not respond well to a certain type of therapy, I will help the client discover what works best for them.



To better understand my approach to therapy, I think it is important to know what part of my personality I bring 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 begins therapy, I strive to create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.

Respecting Differences

Starting, or even restarting, therapy can be nerve-racking. I understand that, having been a client myself. Yet I believe that anyone can benefit from therapy and I strive to alleviate the anxiety that comes with opening up to a therapist. I understand 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 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 shift gears in therapy. I want my clients to know that I am there to support them during each step of their therapy journey.
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 and help you begin your therapeutic process.

Trauma Informed

I have a passion for working with individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), especially those who have experienced the trauma of sexual or intimate partner violence, and those that display dissociative traits related to their PTSD.


Wide Range Of Experience

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

  • Life transitions/changes
  • Anxiety of all types
  • Depression of all types
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Child therapy
  • ‘atypical’ relationships (non-monogamy, polyamorous)
  • High-functioning developmental differences (ASD)
  • Transgender focused 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.
Before 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, with an 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 Therapist.

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 and movies to watch and listening to podcasts and music. Regular exercise has become a new normal for me; it keeps me grounded and healthy. When I am able, I also love to take relaxing vacations and try new restaurants, either at home or abroad.
Cyrene-Underhill-AMFT-with-seal Associate Therapist at TheraThrive online counseling and Lafayette, CA