Discovery Counseling Center 
of the San Ramon Valley
Contact Us
(925) 837 0505
discoverycounseling@discoveryctr.net

Discovery Counseling Center is proud of its more than 40 

pre-licensed and licensed therapists, social workers and psychologists

Discovery's Staff Therapists
Carol Axton, Staff Therapist
Rob Ayala, Staff Therapist
Dana Cadonau-Huseby, Staff Therapist
Kiara Curzi, Staff Therapist
Chris Duerrmeier, Staff Therapist
Melissa Dwinnells, Staff Therapist
Praj Godbole, Staff Therapist
Dr. Kelli Grobe, Staff Psychologist
Kathy Kane, Clinical Director
Ghazala Khan, Staff Therapist
Emily Kitts, Staff Therapist
Rachel Kincaid, Staff Therapist 
Stacy Linder, Staff Therapist 
Colleen Millen, Staff Therapist
 Amy Newell, Staff Therapist 
Dr. Jennifer Oellerich, Staff Psychologist
Dr. Fran Rapoport, Staff Psychologist
Beth Ringheim, Staff Therapist
Kay Smith, Staff Therapist
Jennifer Zink, Anti-Bullying Program
Carol Axton, Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Languages Fluent in: English 
Experienced with:
Adolescent Issues, Anxiety, Divorce, Marital/Couples Therapy, Children, Child Abuse, Relationships
Practicing since 1997
License #MFC 40334 
MS Counseling, San Francisco State University 
Rob Ayala, Associate Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor, Marriage and Family Therapist 
Languages Fluent in: English
Experienced with: 
Depression, Stress/Anxiety, Adolescents, Children, Adults, Parenting, Relationship Issues, Groups, Drug and Alcohol Assessment and Prevention
Practicing Since 2011
License #LMFT 95754
MS Counseling, California State University, East Bay 

Dana Cadonau-Huseby, Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Supervisor

Languages Fluent in: English

Experienced with: 

Relationship Issues, General Life Stressors, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Issues, LGBT Issues, Addiction, Codependency, 12-Step Recovery, Eating Disorders

Practicing Since 2007

License #LMFT 86508

Kiara Curzi, Marriage and Family Therapist
Languages Fluent in: English
Experienced with: 
Child and play therapy, groups, teens, parenting, stress/anxiety, depression, trauma, behavioral issues

*Facilitator of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Group for Teens (MBSR-T Middle School)

Practicing Since: 2013
License #LMFT 100629
Christopher DuerrmeierMarriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Supervisor
Languages Fluent in: English

Experienced with: 
Adolescent Issues, Anxiety, 
Self-Harming Behavior, 

Substance Abuse, LGBT issues, Couples, 

Children, Parenting, 

Depression, Anger Management

Practicing since 2007
License #MFC 53127
MA, Ed.M.,Teachers College, Columbia University

Melissa Dwinnells, Marriage and Family Therapist
Languages Fluent in: English
Experienced with children and play therapy, teens, adults, parenting, adolescent issues, anxiety/stress, depression, life transitions, behavioral issues and emotional regulation.
Practicing since: 2014
License: LMFT109389
Prajakta Godbole, Marriage and Family Therapist
Languages Fluent in: English, Hindi, Marathi & Kannada 
Experienced with: 
Children, Adolescent, Adult, Substance-Related Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders
LGBT Issues, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, Depression, Bi-Polar, Life Stresses, Family  

License # LMFT 46525
Kelli Grobe, PsyD. Psychologist 
Languages Fluent in: English 
Experienced with: 
Children, Adolescents, Groups, Relationship Issues, Anxiety/Stress, Depression, Behavioral Issues, Parenting, Drug and Alcohol Assessment and Prevention 
License #PSY29966 
Doctor of Psychology, The Wright Institute 
Kathy Kane, Clinical Director, Director of Training, Clinical Supervisor 
Languages Fluent in: English
Experienced with:
Parenting, Divorce, Remarriage; Adolescents; Women's Issues; General Life Stresses; Depression; Anxiety; Supervision and consultation
Practicing since 1983
License #LCS 13083
MSW University of Houston
Ghazala Khan, Marriage and Family Therapist
Languages Fluent in: English, Pashto & Urdu
Experienced with: 
Children, Adults, Couples, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, LGBT Issues, Autsim, ADD, ADHD, Adjustment Disorders 
Practicing since: 
License #LMFT 100117
Emily Kitts, Marriage and Family Therapist
Languages Fluent in: English
Experienced with:
Anxiety, Depression, Self-Harm, Adolescent Issues, Adults, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions
Practicing since 2013
License #LMFT 99763
MA Counseling Psychology, The Wright Institute 
Rachel Kincaid, Marriage and Family Therapist 
Languages Fluent in: English
Experienced with: 

Adults, Couples, Co-parenting, Relationship Issues,  Adolescents, Self-harming behavior, Substance abuse, Anxiety/Stress, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Issues, Life Transitions


*Facilitator of the Teen Girls Group

*Facilitator of the Alternative to Suspension Program


License #LMFT 99773
MA Counseling Psychology, The Wright Institute 
Stacy Linder, Marriage and Family Therapist  
Languages Fluent in: English
Experienced with: 
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), Neuro-Affective Relational Model (NARM). Experienced with children, teens, and adults.  Specialized in stress and emotional dis-regulation: grief, excessive fear, nightmares, anger, avoidance. Developmental trauma and pervasive trauma. Shock Trauma and PTSD: accidents, assaults, attacks, natural disasters, hospitalizations, injuries.
Practicing since 2007
License #MFC 53541
MA, Counseling Psychology, St. Mary's College 
Colleen Millen, Marriage and Family Therapist 
Languages Fluent in: English

Experienced with:

Children, Teens, Parent Coaching, Adults.  Works with stress management, emotional regulation, developmental trauma, PTSD, substance use, adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression.


*Facilitator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T High School)


Practicing since 2014

License # LMFT109436

MA Counseling Psychology-Somatic Psychology, JFK University


Yoga and mindfulness teacher since 2000 – Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at 500 level (ERYT-500) with Yoga Alliance

Amy NewellMarriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Supervisor 
Languages Fluent in: English
Experienced with: 
Adolescent Issues, Adoption, Adult, Anxiety, Cultural/Ethnic, Marital/Couples Therapy, Parenting, Relationships, Stress Management, Women's Issues 
Practicing since 1999 
License #MFC 42936
MA Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
Jennifer Oellerich, PsyD. Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor
Languages Fluent in: English 
Experienced with: 
Anxiety, Depression, Child & Play Therapy, Adolescent Issues, Relationship Issues, Adults, Families, Psychological Testing
Practicing since 2004
License # PSY21652
Doctor of Psychology, The Wright Institute 
Fran Rapoport, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist; Clinical Supervisor
Languages Fluent in: English
Experienced with:
Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Parenting Issues, Issues related to Aging, Life Stresses, Groups
Practicing since 1994
License #PSY 15195
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, UC Berkeley


Fran Rapoport, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Clinical Supervisor
Experienced with:
Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Parenting Issues, Issues related to Aging, Life Stresses, Groups
Practicing since 1994
License # PSY15195
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, UC Berkeley
Beth Ringheim, Marriage and Family Therapist
Languages Fluent in: English
Experienced with: Anger Management, Anxiety, 
Behavioral Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, 
Family Conflict, Grief, Parenting, Self-Harming, 
Substance Abuse, Suicidal Ideation, 
Trauma and PTSD
License #LMFT 44130
San Francisco State University
Kay Smith, RN, Marriage and Family Therapist
Languages Fluent in: English 
Experienced with: 
Children, Teens, Adults, Couples, Families and Group Therapy; Stress Management, Anxiety, Depression; Grief/Loss; Relationships and Life Transitions
Facilitator of Women's Hope Group since 2007 
Practicing since 2006
License #MFC 50878
BS Nursing, San Diego State University 
MA Counseling Psychology, Holy Names University, Oakland 

Discovery's Office Staff
Kathy Chiverton
Executive Director
Candace Burstedt 
Administrative Assistant 
Alex Hays
Office Manager 
Patty Hoyt
Alcohol Policy Coordinator
Rochelle Johnson
Administrative Assistant
Cheryl Strehlow
Business Manager