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 licensed and pre-licensed therapists, social workers and psychologists

Discovery's Staff Therapists

Carol Axton, Staff Therapist
Ashley Ayala, Staff Therapist
Rob Ayala, Staff Therapist
Dana Cadonau-Huseby, Staff Therapist
Chris Duerrmeier, Staff Therapist
Elizabeth Gottfred, Staff Therapist
CarolAnne Hale, Staff Therapist
Stacy Linder, Staff Therapist 
Cheryl Minton, Staff Therapist
 Amy Newell, Staff Therapist 
Dr. Jennifer Oellerich, Staff Psychologist
Patty Ortiz, Staff Therapist 
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 
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 
Ashley Ayala, Marriage and Family Therapist
Languages Fluent in: English and Spanish
Experienced with:
Children, parenting skills, trauma informed care to address anxiety, 
depression, parental separtion, self-harm, self-esteem and behavior management. 
Certifications: Positive Parenting Program
Practicing since 2011
License #LMFT 96673
MS Counseling, California Sate University, East Bay 
Rob Ayala, Marriage and Family Therapist 
Experienced with: 
Depression, Stress/Anxiety, Adolescents, Children, Adults, Parenting, Relationship Issues, Groups, Drug and Alcohol Assessment and Prevention
Practicing Since 2011; Licensed 2016
License #LMFT 95754
MS Counseling, California State University, East Bay 

Dana Cadonau-Huseby, Marriage and Family Therapist

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

Christopher DuerrmeierMarriage and Family Therapist

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

Elizabeth Gottfred, Marriage and Family Therapist

Experienced with: 

Adolescent Issues, Stress/Anxiety, Depression, Self-Harm, Adults, Families, Groups, Drug and Alcohol Prevention

Practicing Since 2008; Licensed 2015

License #LMFT 85609

MA Counseling Psychology, Holy Names University 

CarolAnne Hale, Marriage and Family Therapist
Languages Fluent in: English and French
Experienced with:
Couples Therapy, Teenagers, Individuals, Family communication, Grief, Loss, Aging
Licensed 2016
License #LMFT 93546
MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Massachussets, Boston 
Kathy Kane, Clinical Director, Director of Training, Clinical Supervisor 
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
Stacy Linder, Marriage and Family Therapist; Clinical Supervisor 
Experienced with: 
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), NeuroAffectiveRelationalModel (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 
Cheryl Minton, Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Supervisor 
Experienced with:
Couples Therapy, Trauma, EMDR, Codependency and ACA Treatment, Families of Substance Abuse and other Addictions; Women's Issues, Children and Adolescents, Expressive Arts Therapy
Practicing since 1996
License #MFC 37127
MA Clinical Psychology, JFK University 
Amy NewellMarriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Supervisor 
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 
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 
Patty Ortiz, Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Supervisor 
Experienced with: 
Children, Adolescent, Family, Marital/Couples Therapy, Parenting, Divorce, Anxiety, Depression, Women's Issues
Practicing since 2000
License #MFC 46125
MA Counseling Psychology, Holy Names College
Fran Rapoport, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist; Clinical Supervisor
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,
Clinical Supervisor
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 
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
Alex Ewin
Office Manager 
Patty Hoyt
Alcohol Policy Coordinator
Tracey Rustick
Administrative Assistant 
Cheryl Strehlow
Business Manager