Dorothy O'Leary


Dorothy O'Leary


Telehealth Available
Professions: Counsellor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist - LMFT52594
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Beacon
  • MHNet Behavioral Health
  • Partnership HealthPlan
  • Tricare West
  • ValueOptions
Fees: Free 15 minute phone consultation.
Regular fee $150 per 50 minute session.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


700 E Street
Suite 220, #3
San Rafael, California 94901

My Approach to Helping

I offer clear communication in a down-to-earth environment. My goal is to secure your strengths while identifying and reducing patterns of behavior that may be backfiring. I've helped people address loneliness, grief, self-limiting beliefs, and a desire to get past the feeling of being stuck in their lives.
Individuals, couples, and friendships have found fresh perspectives on relationships with themselves and one another.
My orientation to working grows out of somatic work and attachment theory. I am trained in Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS) and Hakomi, in addition to psychodynamic therapy and CBT.

If your best non-therapy efforts to address your situation aren't working the way you'd like, it might help to give therapy a try. When you call, we can explore some options.

To find out if our work together is a good fit for you, call for a free 15-30 minute phone consultation. We'll talk about what's concerning you, and discuss how our work together can help you get moving in a direction that's right for you. I'm happy to answer any questions you have about my style of work, what sets me apart from other psychotherapists, or about therapy in general.

More Info About My Practice

I also work with individuals for whom family estrangement creates obstacles to a free flowing life. Individuals are often left feeling isolated and struggling to make sense of it. I can help you to reclaim your own life, while remaining assured that your heart is loyal to both your estranged family member and yourself.
I have an 8-week group therapy program for parents of estranged adult children. LIVING WITH ESTRANGEMENT FROM AN ADULT CHILD is intended to provide a community of mutual support, while cultivating self-empathy as a foundation on which to build a realistic plan for moving forward. Interested individuals should call to arrange an in-person informational interview.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I have specifically worked to cultivate a program for parents of estranged adult children. My group offering, LIVING WITH ESTRANGEMENT FROM AND ADULT CHILD, provides a community of support while cultivating a foundation of self-empathy on which to build a new plan.
While I have a specific offering for estranged parents, I have enjoyed working with a variety of estrangement situations. When someone we love makes the decision to cut off the relationship, the helplessness and even shame can be intolerable. I can help you to build on your inherent resources for moving your life forward in whatever way makes sense to you.
I've also enjoyed my work with single adults who feel trapped in their single status. We are often able to work beyond that stuck-in-the-single-life feeling, to free up unconscious self-limiting beliefs.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

People usually call a therapist when they've tried everything they know how to do, to remedy something that's causing discomfort or distress, and they're out of options. The great thing about that situation is the willingness to try something new. As long as you're open to trying something new, psychotherapy can expand your skill set for improving your current situation, and future situations that you can't possibly know about yet.

What I Usually Need to Know to Help

What would you like help with?
What have you already tried? And was it helpful?
Have you seen a therapist before? For the same or a different reason? Was it a good experience?
Do you have an idea of how you'd like therapy help you this time?
If you decide to come see me, I'll email you some documents that need signatures, as well as a questionnaire, and we'll have paperwork out of the way before we meet. As always, you're welcome to call and ask about anything on the documents or questionnaire that you're curious about. I'm always happy to talk. Having this done ahead of time will help both you and I to be a little more informed when we do get together.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Parents of estranged adult children

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Hakomi
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
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