Rowena Dodson


“True freedom is being ‘without anxiety about imperfection.’” Tara Brach, quoting Zen master Seng-tsan.

Marriage & Family Therapist in Mountain View, CA

  • Individual

About My Clients

You want to embrace your life as it is, but how? When everyone around us is so achievement oriented and seemingly successful, how can we compete? And then our striving makes it difficult to stop and appreciate simply being alive, breathing, loving our kids, taking a walk. We anxiously hide our flawed selves trying to excel, to prove ourselves worthy. Know that we are all imperfect, this is the human condition. We can take great comfort in knowing that we are all vulnerable, flawed.

My Background and Approach

I can help you develop coping skills to deal with the stressors in your life. We can look at your deeper values and see if there are ways that you can live more in alignment with those, even with a busy life. We can step back, assess if all this striving truly fits with what your deepest self wants. We will cultivate self-compassion to find more freedom.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

My belief is that humans cause a lot of additional suffering by the thoughts that we think, and by how we respond to external/internal events. Sometimes it isn't just the events or stressors alone that cause us pain, it is what our thoughts are telling us about the situation and ourselves (i.e. "this means I'm a failure"). We all experience a range of emotions, challenges, joys and difficulties, this is the human condition. But I believe we can make changes in our thinking and behavior that increase our contentment, our sense of living a full and rich life, even when we have problems--as we all do. I also work at El Camino Hospital treating mood disorders and substance addiction. I am passionate about justice and equality for all. As a white person with many privileges, I strive to be competent working with people of different cultures, races, sexuality, gender identification, size, and economic status.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Out of Network
I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Judaism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 7 years of practice
  • Rate: $140 - 160/session


650-386-0804 Email Rowena
525 South Drive, Suite 207
Mountain View, CA 94040
El Camino Hospital
2500 Grant Road
Mountain View, CA 94040

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