Rui Dolen,Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, M.S.

Rui Dolen,Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, M.S.

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Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
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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
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Evening Availability


La Crescenta, California 91214

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My Approach to Helping

Rui Dolen is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in the treatment of trauma, developmental trauma, and reactions to other stressful events in children and adults. Rui is a certified somatic therapist combining Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP) and Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST), as well as Attachment-Focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (AF-EMDR). Rui's approach is a holistic (mind-body-spirit), non-violent, mindfulness-based, and attachment-based somatic approach, as well as based on Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) which is also the foundation of Rui's parenting consultation and coaching practice.

After struggling with infertility, Rui now is a mother of a 28-weeker-preemie baby who survived multiple surgeries and various feeding issues during the first year of her life. Embodying her own trauma practice, and with the support of her professional communities, she has been on her healing journey and grateful for her little miracle every day.

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, The Wholistic Connection, Rui has also joined Dr. Tina Bryson's team The Center for Connection in Pasadena as well as AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Hollywood. Rui also has worked with Strength United, Pacific Clinics, Pacific Asian Counseling Services, and most recently the intensive out-patient program at Community West.

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

More Info About My Practice

- Advanced Integrative Training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level III Certification
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level II: Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory
- Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST): Level 3 Certification
- Building Internal Safety and Connection: Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) Level 2
- Advanced Training in Complex Trauma and Dissociation by Janina Fisher, Ph.D. (TIST Level 1)
- Attachment-focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (AF-EMDR) (Part I, II, and III) by Parnell Institue.
- 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

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English
  • Mandarin

Groups I Work With

    Teens and adults who have gone through traumatic or stressful events; Parenting Coaching & Consultant based on Interpersonal Neurobiology; mind-body-spirit somatic therapy (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment); Attachment-Focused EMDR therapy.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

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
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • 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
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • 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
  • Phobias
  • 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
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • 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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