banner image

About Me

I, Dorothy Kruse, am a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) specializing in individual, couples, adolescent and family therapy.  My private practice is in Pleasant Hill, CA, on the border of Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill in the San Francisco East Bay.  I am right off of Highway 680 and in walking distance of the Pleasant Hill BART station.  My office is in a professional suite of MFT offices where there is a quiet waiting room as well as plenty of parking.

With over 20 years experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate of John F Kennedy University, specializing in clinical psychology, I am a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.

Areas of my expertise are:

Relationships and Relationship Transitions
Anxiety, Stress, Depression
Grief and Loss
Career Stress and Change
Issues of abuse (Abused)
Ethnicity/Multicultural Issues and Relationships

My goal is to provide support and practical feedback to help you effectively address personal life challenges. I strive to integrate complementary methods and techniques to offer a personalized approach. I will work with you with compassion and understanding to help you build on your strengths and attain the personal growth you are committed to accomplishing.

Education :

MA, Clinical Psychology; John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA , 1992
MA, Education ; University of California, Berkeley, CA , 1984

License, & Certifications:

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT); License # MFC35063
Certificate: Cross-Cultural Langauge and Academic Development (CLAD) for working with people with limited English

Additional Training:

Brief Therapy
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Solution-Focused Couples Therapy
Psychological, Social and Biological Aspects of Aging
Positive and Negative Functions of the Experience of Shame Within
Domestic Violence
Military Cultural Prospective -- Working wth Service Members and their Families

Professional Activities and Memberships:

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
East Bay California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (EBCAMFT)
The Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley, CA
The National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists www.marriageFriendlyTherapists...

Presentations and Articles:

"Group Therapy", Article in The Psychotherapy Institute Newsletter, 1991
"Shame and Education" Article written and presented at The Psychotherapy Institute Spring Symposium, 1996
"What Dreams Can Tell Us", Presentation to Soroptimists Club, 2000

Schedule Appointment

Start your new path in life and be the change today!

Click Here

Helpful Forms

Click here to view and print forms for your appointment.

Click Here