Rui Dolen

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, M.S.

Rui Dolen

Rui Dolen

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, M.S.

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - 95555
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: Free 20 mins Phone Consultation
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


La Crescenta, California 91214
3030 E. Colorado Blvd., 2nd floor,
Suite 220
Pasadena, California 91107

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My Approach to Helping

Rui Dolen is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescent, young adults, and adults. Rui has extensive clinical experience working in community mental health which gave her the opportunity to specialize in trauma-informed care and treatment. Rui is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy which is a holistic, non-violent, mindfulness-based, and attachment-based somatic approach that is very effective for trauma, developmental trauma and attachment wound. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is based on Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) which is the also the main influence of Rui's parenting consultation and coaching practice. Rui became passionate about parenting during her trauma work with children and families because she realized parenting is the prevention of trauma and we can all change the world through mindful and IPNB-based parenting.

Rui was born and raised in Beijing, China. With her eastern background, she is connected to mindfulness-based practice and life philosophies, personally and professionally. Growing up, Rui has seen her own family and the society in China suffering from different forms of trauma including generational trauma. Her innate curiosity and determination led her to study Psychology in the U.S. Rui holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from California Lutheran University. Since then, along with founding her own private practice in Pasadena, The Wholistic Connection, Rui has also worked with Pacific Clinics, Pacific Asian Counseling Services, Community West, and most recently AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Hollywood where she got experience working with the performing arts population.

More Info About My Practice

- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level II: Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
- Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) by UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC)
- RIE® Foundations: Theory and Observation™
- Echo Parenting certified Nonviolent Parenting Educator
- Trauma-Informed Yoga
- A Window Between World: using art as a healing tool

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

I am a mother to a 28-weeker preemie baby who has special needs so I understand the emotional up-and-downs of being a parent. I utilized my professional knowledge and applied trauma-informed care to my baby while she was undergoing multiple surgeries. But the key mental element that really got me through or is still helping me through is the practice of staying present. I also wouldn't have been able to get through all the challenges without community and professional support so let me be the one for you while you are fighting on yours.

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Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Intervention
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English
  • Mandarin

Groups I Work With

    Children, teens, young adults who have gone through traumatic or stressful events; Parenting Coaching & Consultant based on Interpersonal Neurobiology; Mind-body-spirit somatic therapy (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy).

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Immigration issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Healing Touch
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Parent Work
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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