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Ruth Stoan, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Grief Self esteem, Motivation Depression Coping with life changes
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

Hi and Congratulations on taking this huge step forward in your life.
Having “reached out” myself for counseling I know what it is like to realize you need extra support to make changes. Getting out of our own way is the first step and you have done that!

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and certified coach and have been assisting individuals achieve their goals for many years. I have enjoyed working in private practice with individuals and couples dealing with relationships, grief and loss, stress, anxiety, life changes, LGBTQ+ issues, in community agencies working with addictions, and in facilities helping families deal with changing roles and aging parents.

A special focus for me is supporting women as they move through major life changes and focus on questions of who they are and what they want in life.

I have a MA in Counseling from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and have studied many therapeutic approaches. My training with a variety of holistic tools allows me to help you reach the goals you have more quickly and easily. These include mindfulness, breath work, relaxation, theta healing, imagery and clearing blocking beliefs. We work together to create a plan and develop your skills to live a more meaningful and successful life.

You can learn more about my approaches at my Facebook page: Opening Choices,

We will work on your immediate concerns as well as identify the deeper factors that may be limiting your progress. We will share this healing journey as far as you desire.

My goal is to empower you to live the fullest, most successful life you desire. I will be your strongest advocate and support in this process. I believe you have strengths that can be tapped and strengthened to change your life and when we get rid of the old habits and thought patterns that have been sabotaging success, change happens!

I find it helpful to participate in video sessions so that we can get to know each other better. But I am also available to you via phone and text if that is more comfortable for you, during weekdays, some evenings and by request on Saturday. I also check my messages frequently during the day.

I look forward to sharing with you.

Professional experience

35yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Grief Self esteem, Motivation Depression Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Self-Love, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

MO LPC 000702


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Ruth Stoan. 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.

Ruth is the best!

Written on Jan 08, 2024 after therapy with Ruth for 3 years and 2 months

Ruth is one of the best therapist I’ve had so far. She’s very supportive and respectful. Love her energy that she gives not only to her practice but to her patients. I feel safe and at home when we speak and she always try to understand and go deeper as to what I really mean. Her advice afterwards to work on or to reflect always on point. Definitely recommend her to everyone, they won’t regret it ❤️

Written on Jan 06, 2024 after therapy with Ruth for 2 years and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coaching, compassion fatigue, and coping with life changes

Ruth has helped me a lot. I feel lighter and more calm after working through many old beliefs about myself.

Written on Nov 03, 2023 after therapy with Ruth for 1 year and 8 months on issues concerning self esteem, and adhd

I’ve worked with a lot of different therapists over the years and Ruth is by far the most compassionate, knowledgeable and consistent person I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. She has really helped me start to find myself after I was in the lowest point of my life and I have so much respect for her.

Written on Oct 20, 2023 after therapy with Ruth for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and relationship issues

Ruth is an empathetic listener, a passionate problem solver, and a guide with a supportive by firm hand. This gives me the support I need to continue my healing journey. Grateful!

Written on Sep 14, 2023 after therapy with Ruth for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem

She's simply the best

Written on Sep 08, 2023 after therapy with Ruth for 2 years and 4 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and anger management