Marilee G. Ruebsamen, PhD, Psychologist in Saratoga
I founded Abbey to reduce severe stress, suffering, promote coping, compassionate engagement for children/youth, families, and adults ( Even the youngest children demonstrate remarkable strengths when treated with skill, precision, attention to their awareness, given new experiences to transform distorted cognitive appraisals of themselves, others, and the world. Working together, we co-cultivate more precise awareness, more accurate appraisals, shift into clearer, more realistic thinking and healthier, more effective coping styles; co-create NEW, more hopeful stories stories to replace repetitive, traumatic reliving. This occurs within the trust and safety of a predictable, nurturing, skillfully maintained therapeutic environment and broader social cradle.
Trust me. I have 20 years of doctoral clinical experience as a trauma psychologist, professor, supervisor, researcher, providing need-based and relational therapy informed by psychological assessment to accurately inform choice of personalized, research informed, integrated interventions. Masterful assessment ensures accuracy, precise conceptualization, access to core issues rather than merely overt symptoms and behaviors.
I reserve significant portions of my practice for marginalized youth in immediate distress who are unable to pay as a result of abandonment, homelessness, complicated medical conditions (pediatric cancers, HIV/AIDS), gender-based harassment and violence, through Blue Canoe. Post conflict children forcibly displaced by oppressive regimes, war/armed conflict served by
Call or Email Marilee G. Ruebsamen for a free phone consultation now - (408) 837-5933


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: Palo Alto University/PGSP
  • Year Graduated: 1993
  • License No. and State: PSY 15068 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $200
  • Accepted Payment Methods: ACH Bank transfer, Cash, Check

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Out of Network

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare/Top Psychologist San Jose 2015
  • Certificate Date: 2015
  • Member Since: 2015

Marilee G. Ruebsamen's Groups

Mindful, Compassionate Parenting

Attuned, empathic, and effective parenting is characterized by mindful awareness, the ability to be reflective, "seeing beyond what is", practicing clarity with intentionality, flexibilityand compassion: and it is as ever-evolving as children and life itself, per Daniel Siegel, "from the inside out". Groups are need-based and relationship-based, offered in response to requests from parents whose issues are similar and who appear likely to benefit from sharing and working together. Please email Dr. Ruebsamen at for brief interview.

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'Bienveillance' is the French world for 'metta', translated as 'lovingkindness' --- watching over, 'taking care' with kindness; - a bit like 'surveillance' with friendly, benevolent intention. While our lives are ephemeral, intangible, how we live and what we do matters and lives on beyond us. The way we are present remains, internalized in the memories and internal representations of others.

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  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Child or Adolescent


  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Adoption
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Alzheimer's
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Internet Addiction
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Coaching
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Spirituality
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Teen Violence
  • Transgender
  • Video Game Addiction
  • traumatic stress, complex trauma

Mental Health

  • Elderly Persons Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Thinking Disorders


  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Hispanic and Latino, Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Alternative Languages: Experienced working with Interpreters


  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Cancer
  • Gay Clients
  • HIV / AIDS Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender Clients
  • Veterans

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Attachment-based
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal
  • Intervention
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Multicultural
  • Narrative Exposure Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychological Testing and Evaluation
  • Relational
  • Self-Trauma Model Briere
  • Trauma Focused
  • Trauma-Focused CBT


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016
Marilee G. Ruebsamen, PhD, Psychologist in Saratoga

Marilee G. Ruebsamen

Psychologist, PhD