Ruth (she/her/hers) enjoys working with clients who are coping with mood concerns, substance use concerns, and trauma. She enjoys working with LGBTQ+ identified individuals and fat folks around questions of self-love, body image, and self-esteem. Ruth honors clients as experts in their own lived experience. Her therapeutic approach is a blend of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), strengths-based, and Psychodynamic approaches. She considers advocacy a basic foundation for clinical practice.
Ruth earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 2011 and interned at the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan during her graduate education. She possesses a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Certificate as of 2017. While living in Northern Michigan she helped to found the Polestar LGBT+ Community Center that is currently based in Traverse City. She holds a Certificate in Clinical Concerns and Gender Identity and is a Kink and Poly aware clinician. Through her previous work with the Michigan Department of Corrections Ruth worked with those marginalized and oppressed by the prison industrial complex and identifies as a prison-abolitionist. She has also worked for Washtenaw County's Crisis Response Team and MidMichigan Community Health Services.