As a woman in her sixties, I have had life experience to know how hard it can be to love one's self and make good choices while fostering meaningful relationships with others.  Having married late in life, I am well aware of the loneliness of being single - and the challenges of being married.

Add life-changing experiences (positive and negative, voluntary and involuntary) to the mix and I shaped my beliefs - as a therapist and as a person.

For instance, I believe that being connected to others becomes even more important as we age.
And with each loss, there is an opportunity to find more meaning in life and to explore our spirituality. 

Developmentally, our 40's, 50's, and 60's are a natural time for introspection and discovery of inner wisdom.  That's why I love working with people in the second half of life.  

I particularly enjoy using two means of being witness to this unfolding of increased awareness:  sand tray and group.  For more information on these, go to 

P.S. For those interested in credentials:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC #39178
Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP)

MS in Counseling, San Francisco State University, 1994
BFA in Painting and Drawing, Ohio University, 1969

Professional Assiciations:
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Santa Clara Valley chapter of CAMFT
American Group Psychotherapy Association
Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society
Sand Play Therapists of America
National Alliance on Mental Illness (California and San Mateo   County affiliates)
Deborah Dowse Runyeon, MFT, CGP

165 Arch Street Redwood City, Ca.  94062 
Learn how I can help you.  Call me today at 650-367-8389
Counseling for Women in Redwood City