Dino Ruffoni, mental health professional in Sonoma County, California

Dino Ruffoni, MFT


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"Too often we underestimate the power of a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring; all of which have the potential to turn a life around."

- Leo Buscaglia

"To know someone with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of any distances or thoughts unexpressed...that can make this life a garden."

- Goethe

"It is nice to be known."

- Adolescent client

"It is incredibly healing when someone knows everything about you and they still completely accept you."

- Adult client

"It is important to have someone who sees clearly every corner of our interior world and who accepts us just as we are. Feeling known and empathized with, understood deeply for who you are, is a powerful healing force."

- Tara Bennett-Goleman, Emotional Alchemy

"One of the deepest human desires is to be known and understood."

- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

"I believe the greatest gift I can conceive of having from anyone is to be seen by them, heard by them, to be understood by them, and to be touched by them. The greatest gift I can give is to see, hear, understand, and to touch another person. When this is done I feel contact has been made."

- Virginia Satir

"Belonging somewhere, being accepted for who you are, knowing that your life matters to other people is a basic human need.

We forget that people have been helping each other with pain and loss and grief for thousands of years, and there isn't a right and wrong way to do it, there's just caring. And the caring is what matters, not the words.

Long before any experts we were there for each other, listening, honoring, believing and strengthening each other and each other's stories.

A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well intentioned words.

Many of the things that are most true cannot be quantified, but only known. You can't duplicate a human life.

Each one of us is unique. What we are talking about is a path, and each one of us will travel that path in our own way. There is a great deal that is mystery in it."

- Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

"Feeling completely seen and accepted for who you are often unfolds in silence, in a parallel play of doing together and being together, wordlessly. But you know in that moment that you are seen and known and felt, and nothing, nothing in the world, feels better, puts you more at ease and sets the world aright, puts you more at peace."

- Jon Kabat-Zinn, M.D.