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Dr. Grace Malonai

Grace Malonai, Ph.D., LPCC, co-founder of Gifted Identity℠Grace Malonai, Ph.D., LPCC, DCC, is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC 252) and Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC 1609) who has been providing psychotherapy and counseling services in the San Francisco area since 1998, and has been in private practice since 2005. She currently owns and operates TheraThrive, a counseling, psychotherapy and consultation practice in Lafayette, California, that focuses on serving gifted and highly sensitive children, teens, parents, couples and families.

Grace specializes in parenting, couples, child and family therapy, high sensitivity, giftedness, and developmental concerns. She completed her graduate work at Argosy University (previously known as California Graduate School of Psychology), and has received intensive training in family systems, child and adult development, and narrative therapy. Please also explore the TheraThrive website to learn more about Grace, her approach, specialty, and the services she offers (

In addition to a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Grace holds a M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology, and a B.S. degree in Nutrition Science, with an emphasis in physiological chemistry, from University of California, at Davis.

She has been an instructor at St. Mary’s College of California since 2003, where she has taught Human Development, Group Theory and Practice, Supervision, various other psychology and management courses, and served on thesis committees.

Grace’s interests in the study of gifted development blossomed when she began homeschooling her gifted son. She presents at districts, organizations, and state and national conferences on various topics, including gifted children, parents and families, including the Global Center for Gifted and Talented ChildrenSENG, and others. She is also a certified SENG Model Parent Group facilitator.

Grace is a member of the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC), East Bay Region California Association of Professional Clinical Counselors (EB-CALPCC), American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Play Therapy (APT), Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG),  California Association for the Gifted (CAG), National Association for the Gifted (NAGC), and others. She believes in service to her community, and serves as co-coordinator for EB-CALPCC, is a committee member on the CALPCC, and has been a contributor to organizational newsletters and blogs.