Amber Rukaj, M.A., MFT - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I am Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a graduate of the University of San Diego’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. I am psychotherapist with nearly a decade of experience providing direct services, clinical management and development to mental health programs. I have 8 years experience working in primary care clinics and collaborative care programs within OB/GYN and Pediatric clinics. I completed my post-graduate training at Rady’s Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry and at the University of California San Diego Department of Reproductive Medicine. While at UCSD Reproductive Medicine, I helped create the Maternal Mental Health Clinic where therapists work alongside physicians, midwives, and nurses to provide a unique collaboration on the screening, assessment, and treatment of perinatal mood disorders afflicting women during pregnancy and postpartum. I am the immediate Past President of the Postpartum Health Alliance. 

Additional Certifications

  • Certified Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence counselor
  • Certified John Gottman Educator trained to teach the Bringing Baby Home workshop (
  • Postpartum Doula (trained by DONA International)
  • Trained in the Incredible Years Model ( and Redirecting Children's Behavior (
  • Currently enrolled in the UCSD Play Therapy Certificate Program to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Association of Play Therapy

Professional Memberships
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT)
  • Infant Development Association (IDA)
  • Postpartum Health Alliance (PHA)
  • Earliest Relationship Network (ERN)
  • Marce Society
  • DONA International

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