Professional Counseling in San Mateo, CA

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Joann Riggio, M.S., M.A. LMFT

LIcensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Phone & Email:  Contact Joann

1720-S. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94402

I provide a safe, compassionate, and peaceful setting to help you through your healing journey. I have successfully helped clients work through trauma using EMDR as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy methods. In addition, I help couples better engage & communicate.

  • Some of My Specialties:
  • Couples/Marriage Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Work Related Stress
  • Parenting

Philippe Nicolay, MS, MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist
Phone & Email:  Contact Philippe

161 W. 25th AVE., SUITE 101, San Mateo, CA 94403

Throughout my career I have developed expertise in several psychotherapy-modalities. I am confident that my years of practice in Belgium as well as in California can be of service to you, in overcoming obstacles, or assimilating experiences, along life’s way.

  • Some of My Specialties:
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Couples Counseling
  • Trauma Recovery / Emdr
  • Fertility Issues
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Stress Managment
  • Addiction Recovery
  • Teenagers

Anne Perry, Psy.D

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Phone & Email:  Contact Anne

1660 S. Amphlett Blvd Suite 380, San Mateo, CA 94402

I believe the purpose of psychotherapy is to enhance your internal wisdom so you can operate in a more authentic fashion, and to help you make choices that are more satisfying and helpful for you. Providing a safe and collaborative relationship is the top priority.

  • Some of My Specialties:
  • Ptsd/Trauma
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Medical Issues
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Adjustment Issues
  • Bereavement
  • Interpersonal Stress
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California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Therapy San Mateo California

Counseling Hayward Park, Hillsdale, Pilgrin/Triton, Hillsborough, Burlingame, Baywood Park

San Mateo was established in 1894, and is located in the San Francisco Bay area of California. San Mateo has a rock outcropped peninsula known as Coyote Point Park. This is also a popular beach area to visit, along with a museum showing exhibits that contain some of the best natural history displays in California. The climate is also very comfortable, with a Mediterranean environment that is shielded from the Pacific Ocean breezes. San Mateo High School has one of the most prominent performing arts centers outside of San Francisco and is definitely a place worth visiting. Another great family outing is visiting the San Mateo Arboretum, which is located in Central Park. There are many old trees located in the Arboretum and a Japanese garden that was designed and dedicated to the city in 1966.1

Mental Health in San Mateo

The greater Bay Area enjoys better mental health than other areas of California. Just 3.4 percent of adults suffer from a serious mental illness, which is lowest in the state. Only 7 percent of the area's children have a serious emotional disturbance, which is also lowest in the state.2 Nevertheless, many children, adolescents, and adults in San Mateo require mental health care for a variety of mental health and chemical dependency issues.

The Mental Health Association of San Mateo County (MHASMC) provides comprehensive support services for county residents. In particular, the MHASMC provides social support services that seek to integrate mentally ill residents into the community as much as possible. Friendship Centers have been established throughout the county, and serve as locations where adults with mental illnesses can come together to socialize, have fun, play games, and relax. The Support and Advocacy for Young Adults in Transition (SAYAT) program helps 18-23 year olds transition to an independent and self-sufficient life. Many other programs are available. Further information can be obtained by calling 650-368-33453

Current Education

People interested in becoming a counselor must first obtain the appropriate level of education. Palo Alto University offers several master's degree programs that lead to careers as a professional counselor. Students can concentrate in family counseling, addictions and recovery counseling, or in crisis and trauma counseling. Classes focus on helping students acquire the knowledge, skills and tools required to be an effective clinician. Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure in California, as well as in many other states. For more information about Palo Alto's graduate programs in counseling, call 650-417-2023.4


1. San Mateo Arboretum. (2014). Home - San Mateo Arboretum Society. Retrieved from
2. California Healthcare Foundation. (2013). California Healthcare Almanac. Retrieved from
3. Mental Health Association of San Mateo County. (2013). Social Support Services. Retrieved from
4. Palo Alto University. (2014). M.A. in Counseling. Retrieved from

Welcome to our network of mental health practitioners and therapists in San Mateo. Our greatest desire at Theravive is that you would find the right qualified help.  Our professionals offer many forms of therapy such as overcoming depression, life coaching, anger management, and marriage counseling. Counselors in San Mateo and credentialed psychotherapists are ready to help.

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