About me

Hi!

It's not easy to take the first step to start the counseling process. Sometimes, just making the decision to do something different is half the battle.
Be proud of yourself that you’ve made the decision to put yourself first and help yourself start to heal. Know that by taking this step, you already begun to improve your life….

I’m Robin and I’ve been providing counseling for over 25 years.

I'm currently working in an area school district doing mental health and substance abuse counseling with at-risk high school and middle school students and I absolutely love my job! It is a refreshing change from working within the high level of care and crisis driven environment that I had worked in since I obtained my graduate degree.

Previously, I worked at a residential treatment program. During that time, I provided intensive clinical services to teenagers with co-occurring disorders. They had complex trauma symptoms that displayed as suicidal behaviors, self-harm, promiscuity, substance use, eating issues, relationship instability, emotional dysregulation and conduct reactivity. I also facilitated family therapy and provided supportive counseling to parents who struggled due to their childrens' mental health challenges or disruptive behaviors. In the past, I have also been employed at psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities, worked in the private practice setting, and worked in the public setting as a program administrator.

I attended The Ohio State University and graduated with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work. I obtained my Masters of Education in Allied Professionals Degree (Clinical Counseling) from The University of Dayton. I utilize a variety of clinical approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Integrated Family and Systems Theory (IFAST).

I incorporate art, writing, journaling, music and other homework assignments in counseling. Experience has taught me that it is more important to focus on client strengths than be problem focused to work collaboratively with you in order to help you bring about your desired change. My goal is and go at your pace. I believe that you are your best resource.

Working with challenging individuals and coping with ongoing crisis ridden situations has taught me how to build rapport quickly, how to think outside of the box, and how to develop creative and trauma-informed interventions that will bring about your desired change. Over the years that I have done therapy, I have realized that there is really no real mystery to it. I believe it is a process that is about creating a safe space, during which there is listening with respect, validating others' feelings and identifying behavioral patterns so that these problematic cycles can be interrupted.

If my background matches your needs, please reach out. I'd love to work with you.


Specialties

  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Family conflicts , Grief , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Body Image , Co-morbidity , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

OH LPCC E.0800023-SUPV


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Robin Rutan. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Oct 12, 2022 after therapy with Robin for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

Robin has been incredible throughout my journey with therapy. She is patient and offers me evidence-based tools and strategies to work through my personal issues. I am confident in her expertise and she makes me feel extremely comfortable, like I'm talking to a friend. 5/5 stars!

Written on Sep 10, 2022 after therapy with Robin for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Robin is wonderful. As someone who’s traditionally had trouble opening up to anyone, I feel safe and confident and able to do so when speaking with her. This is helping me in my day to day life immensely.

Written on May 08, 2022 after therapy with Robin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Robin has been really helpful so far, and she seems to care a lot about my various struggles. I appreciate that!

Written on Mar 30, 2022 after therapy with Robin for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and addictions

Excellent clinical. Very easy to connect with and attentive to my needs

Written on Mar 26, 2022 after therapy with Robin for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Appreciate all that Robin has done for me. The first therapist that has actually been consistent in my life

Written on Jul 28, 2021 after therapy with Robin for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

She's an amazing person! 10/10

Written on Jul 28, 2021 after therapy with Robin for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, and adhd

I have had Robin as a counselor for nearly 2 years and I am so grateful for the support she has given me. I came into this feeling lost down a rabbit hole of confusion and shame and she not only helped me out of my spiral but also taught me how to keep myself from falling back into my old ways.

Robin is easy to talk to, a great listener and very insightful. She is kind and warm and has a great sense of humor. I look forward to our sessions every week, even if we have to talk about hard things. She’s not afraid to tell me what I need to hear but also never makes me feel bad about it. She’s been a great support system and therapist to me and I am eternally grateful. Thank you, Robin.

Written on Jan 20, 2020 after therapy with Robin for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

I was really nervous about starting therapy again and wasn’t sure what to expect doing therapy through an app. I’m so glad I signed up and got Robin as my counselor. She has been very insightful and it has really got me thinking about a lot that is going on in my life and what I really want. It can be scary to open up to someone and tell them what’s really going on but Robin does a great job at creating a safe space and really listening. She’s helped me understand myself and my relationships better after only a short time working together. I really appreciate her.

Written on Dec 14, 2019 after therapy with Robin for 2 weeks on issues concerning bipolar disorder

Ms Rutan listens. She is extremely intelligent and interesting in helping me help me. She's brilliant and well versed in screw ups. She's already positively improved my life. Give her a raise!!

Written on Dec 14, 2019 after therapy with Robin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, anger management, and career difficulties

I wasn’t sure where to turn. I was nervous about receiving therapy through an app. Robin has put any doubt I might have had to rest completely. It’s been a long time since I felt like there was someone out there who was really listening to me and investing as much interest in my mental health as I was. I was able to connect to her immediately. I feel a genuine bond that helps me get through the day and the challenges I face. I look forward to talking to her and reading her messages. I’m getting “better” as I like to call it because of her. I can’t thank her enough.

Written on Nov 03, 2019 after therapy with Robin for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Robin has really helped me deal with things in one of my tougher times. Appreciate her a lot and I'm glad I found this app.

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