Clinician Profile: Beth Rutkowski, PsyD

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Beth Rutkowski, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist

Beth Rutkowski, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Beth Rutkowski is a Fully Licensed Psychologist from the United States. She has her Doctorate of Psychology, her Masters of Arts in Psychology, and her Doctoral Certificate of Child and Family Studies from Roosevelt University. Dr. Rutkowski obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biopsychology and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan. She is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), and is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dr. Rutkowski has been a professor at both undergraduate and graduate level college settings, focusing on child and adolescent psychotherapy and basic clinical skills. Dr. Rutkowski has worked with youth, families, and adults in outpatient and inpatient settings, with a focus on utilizing evidence-based treatments. She speaks English.


Dr. Rutkowski provides the following services in Shanghai and Beijing:

  • Individual and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and parents
  • Educational and neuropsychological assessments
  • Community presentations on understanding diagnoses and crisis management


How long have you been in China?

I moved to Shanghai, China in August of 2015. I’m originally from Detroit, Michigan, US.


Why did you choose to work at LIH Olivia’s Place?

The sense of teamwork and support was what initially was so engaging about the LIH Olivia’s Place community. I also love that the mission to improve therapy services for the underserved population of youth in China is the overarching reasoning behind decisions made for the organization.


Why did you choose your field?

I love assisting people, parents, and families in figuring out their own skills and strengths. It is wonderful to watch them realize that they have so much good in themselves already, and it’s just a matter of letting it work for them.


What are some of the most rewarding experiences you have had in your chosen profession?

My favorite times are working with people when they have a “lightbulb” moment- you can tell that they are understanding something in a new and better way because of how you have helped them. This can happen in therapy sessions or when explaining the results of an assessment. It’s a reminder of why this profession exists and that it can be life-changing.


What’s your favorite thing about living in China and working at LIH Olivia’s Place?

My favorite thing about living in Shanghai is the fact that it will not get as cold as Michigan in the U.S., where it is often below 0 degrees. I also love the food and all the history. My favorite thing about working at LIH Olivia’s Place is the diversity of the clients we see and the learning opportunities available.


*What would you like to be doing in 5 years’ time?

Five years ago I would never have said I desired to live in China, but I am so happy to be here. So the most I can say is that I would like to still be having adventures!