Grace Kiriakos, Psy.D.

Therapist and Assessor
Psychologist License PSY 31468
Phone: 925-954-6229, ext. 3#
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Your Desire For Change

I am grateful that you are here, looking at my website page. As you glance over my words, you may be feeling anxious, sad, overwhelmed, confused, frustrated, and/or unsure. You may be searching, perhaps reluctantly or ambivalently, for help and also for ways to understand your strengths and current challenges. You may be searching for a relationship (whether long- or short-term) that can support you to move through complex issues, or learn how to manage them. You may be looking on behalf of yourself, your child, your family, or all of the above. Desiring change and exploring possibilities for growth are huge first steps.

 

I Want The Best For You

Seeking and finding a psychologist with whom you feel a connection can be daunting, whether you are experienced or new to psychotherapy or psychological assessment.

Dr. Grace Kiriakos PsyD, Assessor and Therapist at TheraThrive in Lafayette, CA and online therapy

I want you to have a clinician who can warmly, non-judgmentally, and curiously meet you where you are at. I endeavor to build authentic relationships where you and your loved one(s) feel safe, understood, and supported throughout the therapeutic experience.

 

Let’s Talk

Because I offer multiple services and approaches to treatment, I would be happy to speak with you over the phone to help you clarify what you are looking for, evaluate compatibility, and discuss possible next steps. I offer (up to 3) free 15-minute initial consultation phone calls, as it is important to me to help you find the type of treatment and intervention that is right for you. 

 

Approach

I approach my work with curiosity, openness, kindness, and creativity. Life, especially during a pandemic, can throw a lot of curveballs; I want to empower you to develop the ability to make choices under conditions of high uncertainty. I approach both psychotherapy and psychological assessment collaboratively, meaning I will attempt to engage you in a relational and co-created process of inquiry. Each time I meet an individual, couple, or family, I see it as a privilege to have the opportunity to learn, understand, and bear witness to the patterns and inflection points that give rise to an emerging desire for therapeutic change.

 

Values of Authenticity, Flexibility, Collaboration and Trust are Key

As a clinical psychologist, I have had the opportunity to be a part of others’ lives at pivotal, vulnerable moments. Forming collaborative therapeutic relationships that enable meaningful change – relationships that potentiate self-discovery and relief of habitual states of thoughts and feelings – is an endeavor that requires me to bring my whole self. It is a privilege to get to know clients, to build trust, and to play a role in helping you and/or your loved ones reach your personal goals. I believe transformational work involves honesty, flexibility, and playfulness – any of which may be hard to experience in the beginning of a therapy relationship.

 

Trauma-Informed Treatment

I have studied the effects of trauma and addiction across the lifespan – and how it intersects with gender, race and socioeconomic identity – as well as the efficacy of treatment for co-occurring trauma-related and substance-use disorders. I continue to enjoy working with individuals across the lifespan continuum, from people who want diagnostic clarification to people who may be navigating identity issues or feeling stuck in an area of their life. I have enjoyed working in different settings serving diverse individuals with a range of acuity and working with thoughtful colleagues across disciplines who offer a high quality of care.

 

I Can Help With Your Child’s IEP or 504 Plan

In addition, I can help you, your child, and family with education and school needs too. I will support you with 504 Plan or Individual Education Plan (IEP) development, and also translate your assessment and IEPs into language and concepts that are useful and meaningful to you. I also will help integrate the results from your previous evaluations or IEPs with current assessment findings so that it all makes sense. I will help you to navigate complex intersecting systems and prepare you for and accompany you to your IEP or 504 Plan meetings in order to advocate with you on behalf of your child. 

During the final phase of the assessment process, I write personalized feedback letters that attempt to address the questions we developed together during the initial assessment meeting; then, I hold a discussion session about the process and outcomes of my psychological assessment, where we will have a chance to discuss your experience of the process and findings. Following this, we can, if needed, discuss how my assessment can inform next steps you may want to take in other systems (e.g., the IEP/504 Plan process). I also write comprehensive reports for specific purposes. This might be a comprehensive report for school; a report focused on explanations, integration and recommendations for parents or adult clients; or/or a story-based feedback report for a child.

 

Experience and Training

I have over ten years of clinical experience, which includes 4 years of school-based therapy work, and over 6 years of psychological assessment experience. While training extensively in evidence-based clinical research and practice, I discovered a passion for both psychotherapy and psychological assessment. My training and clinical experience has prepared me to engage comprehensively in individual, couples, and family formats and I value working with people of all ages and backgrounds. 

My work with children involves play therapy, sand-tray work, narrative therapy, art and music therapy. My work with teens and adults is interactive, integrative, and strength-based. My own strengths include supporting people with highly complex challenges (e.g., mood disorders; self-harming behaviors; gender-identity issues; social, emotional, and behavioral issues related to Autism (ASD) and/or ADHD, etc. My goal is to help you, as parents, better understand your child’s individual social, emotional, and cognitive strengths, as well as their individualized learning needs.

As needed, I will work collaterally with parents/caregivers, teachers, academic staff, and other individuals in your or your child’s system of support.  I believe cross-disciplinary collaboration is critical to integrating and sustaining therapeutic gains.

 

License and Education Background

I’m licensed as a clinical psychologist in the state of California (PSY 31468), and I have 10 years of graduate-level supervised clinical training. I obtained a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Wright Institute; an M.A. in Psychology from the City University of New York, and a B.A. in Studio Art from Oberlin College.

 

Personal Interests

My personal interests include photography, gardening, hiking, tango, hot yoga, biking, and games (e.g., Boggle).