About Me



  • Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
  • M.S. Counseling
  • B.A. Psychology
  • Certified in Biblical Counseling
  • CAMFT (California Association of Marriage Family Therapists) Member
  • Special Needs Advocate
  • Member of Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Parent Board Member of Simi Valley Unified Special Education Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
  • Site Council Parent Member of Simi Valley Unified School District 4 years served for 2 school sites
  • Local Simi Valley Volunteer and advocate for families of special needs parents
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Hi, my name is Jeanine Duncan-Ciarlone, although a native New Yorker, I have lived and worked in Simi Valley CA for almost a century. I have been married for 26 years and my husband and I have two teenage children a boy and a girl, my son was diagnosed with autism at age 2. I also own a woman owned tech business with my husband that we started 20 years ago in Simi Valley in our garage. I am a spiritual person and my faith is very important to me.

I have over 30 years of experience in working in the counseling field. In a variety of settings with a variety of populations. I have also have had a variety of vocational experiences over the past 35 years. I have 20 years of personal experience and knowledge in advocating for my son and others to locate services, supports and basic rights within the community of Simi valley, such as with the public school system and local regional center.

I have been in private practice since 2010. My clients present with relationship problems, depression, anxiety, life transitions due to divorce, illness, moving, marriage, new child, new career, and loss of a loved one.

My background includes clinical experience in psychology, parenting, advocacy, family dynamics, counseling, and therapy. As a result, I am able to help my clients uncover what blocks them from reaching their full potential.

My clients consistently show an excellent treatment success rate. From reaching their goals to receiving on-going support, they report that I am effective in helping them improve their lives. I am able to do this partly by continual education and research, as well as my ability to customize a treatment plan to meet each individual’s needs.

I am a passionate counselor who believes in helping you locate hidden strengths, resources, and purpose in order to support your healing while meeting your goals.

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4 Key Elements of Growth

Just like everyone else, you have a wide range of therapists you can choose from. So why choose Gray Matters? For the past 27 years, I have turned my passion for helping others connect and grow toward the community. Whether you need support as you raise a child with special needs, or want a counselor who can approach your situation with a Christian foundation, Gray Matters is here to help.

Gray Matters stands above the rest because of my unyielding dedication and passion for what I do. Get in touch today to schedule your first appointment.


Take the initiative to express your convictions and concerns with openness and honesty. I teach how to exercise assertiveness with both empathy and compassion. Set boundaries, express yourself, and experience more balance in your relationships.


How well do you stand in the face of adversity? I help my clients understand how to respond to changes in their environment. Resiliency helps you let go and move on while abandoning old patterns that no longer serve you. Alleviate stress and hopelessness by mastering this skill with me.


Enjoy who you are and present your true self to those around you without fear. My goal is to help you feel confident, empowered, strong, and content with who you are at your core. Process your difficult experiences and challenge your negative beliefs in a supporting, guiding environment by turning to Gray Matters.


We all have heard the word Boundaries. If we struggle to say no we may have difficulties in establishing health boundaries in our life and relationships with yourself and others. I will help you explore, define and implement boundaries in your life to reflect your intentions, personality, preferences and goals. I will help you in the areas and relationships that you have challenges in accepting, making and communicating healthy boundaries at work and at home.