Dr. Cynthia  L.  Grace PSYD, Psychologist

Dr. Cynthia L. Grace PSYD

Psychologist | Clinical

1756 Lacassie Avenue 200 Walnut Creek CA, 94596


Dr. Cynthia Grace is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Grace provides therapy in her private practice office and at Cancer Support Community, where she is the Director of Training, Outreach Coordinator and Therapist on staff in Walnut Creek, CA.  Dr. Grace specializes in treating those impacted by the trauma and sequelae of medical illness, such as cancer and pre-post organ transplantation. She utilizes an array of evidence-based treatment modalities, such as cognitive behavioral, mindfulness-based and narrative therapies to facilitate client self-empowerment and ability to embrace and improve quality of daily life.

Provider Details

Female English

Areas of expertise and specialization

Chronic Medical Illness, Illness Related Trauma

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association, Society of Clinical Psychology

Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors

  • Bay Area Association of Kidney Patients (BAAKP), Donate Life, Cancer Support Community, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Patriots Jet Team Foundation


  • Cancer Support Community, Walnut Creek and Mt. View, CAKaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA


  • Cancer Support Community, Walnut Creek, CA

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, National Kidney Foundation, Donate Life America, Bay Area Kidney Patients (BAAKP)

Articles and Publications

  • The Second Chance Self: Transformation As The Gift of Life for Maternal Caregivers of Transplant Children
  • Published in the Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology - Co-edited Special Edition publication April 2016 with Professor Ron S. Valle Contemporary Phenomenological Research on Key Psychotherapeutic Is
  • Contributed Article to Special Edition, The Second-Chance Self: Transformation as the Gift of Life for Maternal Caregivers of Transplant Children
  • ProQuest-CSA, LLC, Ann Arbor, MI - The Second-Chance Self: Transformation as the Gift of Life for Maternal Caregivers of Transplant Children original dissertation published September 23, 2014 in ProQ

What do you attribute your success to?

  • Tenacity, hard work, and passion. Dr. Grace has first hand experience as an informal medical caregiver for yer own child. She personally understands the daily stressors associated with chronic illness.

Areas of research

  • Dr. Grace currently works within her own private practice offices in Walnut Creek and Brentwood, Ca, and Cancer Support Community part time, a non profit organization for cancer patients, caregivers, and family members, located in Walnut Creek, Ca.

Philanthropic Initiatives

  • United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Martinez, CA, Present Participate as a volunteer in various outreach efforts as an official member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 5-7, District 11NR, #300672. Activities include maritime safety outreach, search and rescue, safety and homeland security and more. Special areas of interest include fulfillment of duties pursuant to being an aerial observer, a public relations liaison and a psychologist, who might be called upon to provide psychological support to victims of natural disaster situations.Angels of Grace at The Awakening Center Brentwood, CA, 2015 to Present Host major fundraising events in the local community to promote the need for organ donation and compassionate medical care for persons managing medical illness. Establish recognition for the non-profit status of this subsidiary organization and the mission of the parent organization, The Awakening Center, whose purpose is to help others see that every aspect of living and dying is an opportunity to deepen one??s compassion and self- understanding, stressing that situations that involve a life-threatening diagnosis, coping with the effects of a serious accident or illness, or grieving the death of a loved one provides a special forum for exploring the range and essence of one's spiritual nature. Introduce basic concepts taught at The Awakening Center, whose mission offers encouragement and direction to those who wish to use these painful times as opportunities for bringing awareness to the sacred within, complimenting the physical and emotional support offered by hospice and patient-care programs, who service chronic medical patients and their loved ones, as well as those who have experience serious illness yet show no current evidence of recurring disease.

Teaching and speaking

  • Dr. Grace conducts psycho-educational workshops on a variety of topics including, but not limited to Trauma, Transformation and The Mind-Body Connection, Parenting and Caregiving Children With Cancer, Children of Parents with Cancer and Developmental Stages, COPE Couples Communication. Dr. Grace also participates on professional speaking panels and speaks publicly on select topics.

Favorite Place to Vacation

  • Carmel and Lake Tahoe California

Hobbies / Sports

  • Ballroom Dancing, Playing Piano, Reading, Enjoying Family Time

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Dr. Cynthia L. Grace PSYD's Practice location

Private Practice

1756 Lacassie Avenue -
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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New patients: 925-420-5653

Cancer Support Community

3276 McNutt Avenue -
Walnut Creek, California 94597-1833
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New patients: 925-933-0107

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Get to know Dr. Cynthia Grace, who serves the Brentwood and Walnut Creek, California areas at her private practice offices and Cancer Support Community.

Dr. Cynthia L. Grace is a Clinical Psychologist whose private psychotherapeutic practice is specialized toward the treatment of persons who are impacted by chronic health and medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, pre- and post-organ transplant, aging issues and more. Dr. Grace provides services in Walnut Creek and Brentwood, CA. Dr. Grace is also a Therapist, Outreach Coordinator and The Director of Training, on staff part time, at Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek, CA. As a psycho-oncology specialist, she facilitates support groups, delivers workshops, and provides targeted services to persons affected by cancer.

Dr. Grace has a deep understanding of the issues that impact people who manage chronic illness and concomitant problems, such as developmental delay, complicated medication regimens and life-threatening secondary illness. In her own personal journey, she has 26 ongoing years of experience as a mother, caregiver, advocate and organ donor for her son, who experienced kidney failure at birth. Due to the challenges associated with these complex multiple roles, after 28 years in the business world, in 2007, Dr. Grace redirected her career path to earn a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in order to reach out to patients, caregivers and their doctors on a professional level, where she felt she could have a more broad-reaching positive impact.

Study findings reveal that patients, caregivers and family members dealing with medical illness experience trauma; however findings of empirical research studies, including Dr. Grace’s study on caregivers of transplant children, also suggest the possibility for personal growth and transformation beyond suffering, therefore, Dr. Grace helps patients to identify and process their illness-related issues within the framework of an empowerment model.

Dr. Grace attributes her professional success to her heart-driven passion for what she does, sincere caring for her patients, and years of hard work both personally and professionally. She participates as a volunteer in various outreach efforts. She is the founder of her own non-profit organization to build awareness of the need for organ donation. Dr. Grace is a member of the American Psychological Association and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Dr. Grace volunteers her services in additional organizations, including The National Kidney Foundation, Donate Life America, Bay Area Kidney Patients, and The Patriots Jet Team Foundation. When she is not working, she enjoys ballroom dancing, Pilates Reformer, reading, playing the piano and spending time with her family and friends.

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