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.
In her free time, Rui is a yogi, major foodie, Airstreamer and traveler. Her husband and her traveled around the whole world for almost a year in 2016. Her best getaway is to take her four dogs and drive their airstream to camp in nature.