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Dino Ruffoni, MFT


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Specialty Areas

  • ACA/Codependency
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Marriage and Relationships
  • Parenting
  • Personal Growth
  • Sea Change
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse Recovery

In my psychotherapy practice in Santa Rosa, California, I offer supportive counseling and thoughtful strategies to adult men and women, children and adolescents, couples and families, and groups. For more information about psychotherapy, visit the FAQ page.


The children of alcoholic families tend to take on various roles (caretaker, victim, clown, etc.) in order to cope with dysfunction in the family, and tend to carry on these roles in new relationships as they transition into adulthood. These behaviors and perspectives can create problems in the new relationships.

Anger Management

Out-of-control and destructive anger can lead to problems in just about every area of your life. It is not always easy or possible to get rid of, or avoid, the things or people that anger you, but you can learn to control your reactions and develop healthier ways of relating to the stressors in your life and to other people.


It is normal to experience some anxiety in our lives. In general, it helps one cope with challenges and problems. But when anxiety becomes excessive and irrational, it can become a disabling condition.


In general, depression is about feeling "irritable" and/or "down" and "hopeless." It can affect your thinking and your behavior, and in some cases it may prevent you from participating in your usual daily activities.

Grief and Loss

Grief is a deep emotional response to loss, and it may take many months to resolve. It could be for a loved one, a friend, or even a pet. If your grief is not actively dealt with it may surface later in the form of physical and emotional symptoms.

Marriage and Relationships

Marriage counseling (or couples therapy) supports couples, married or not, to more successfully communicate and negotiate, to appreciate each other and to learn better ways of relating in general.


Many parents can benefit from coaching and guidance to help reduce conflict, increase emotional availability and to improve the overall quality of parent-child relationships.

Personal Growth

The quest for personal growth and fulfillment is different for everyone, depending upon your values, goals and perspectives. Psychotherapy can help you grow and change in positive ways.

Sea Change

If you've experienced a sea change, or a big and sudden change, in your life psychotherapy can provide help and support.


Low self-esteem can drag you down and hold you back in almost every aspect of your life: relationships, work, even your physical health. Psychotherapy can help raise your self-esteem to a healthy level, even if you've been suffering from low self-esteem since childhood.

Stress Management

Stress is a normal mental and physical reaction to many of life's challenges. But, daily stress is common for many people and it can lead to serious and chronic health problems.

Substance Abuse Recovery

People abuse substances for a variety of reasons, and usually those reasons don't disappear when an individual begins the recovery process. Psychotherapy increases the chances of an ongoing and successful recovery by helping to identify and resolve these issues.

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