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.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
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 , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 35

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPC #000702 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Written by A.L. on Feb 22, 2021 after counseling with Ruth for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Ruth is very attentive and present during every session. This is particularly helpful for someone like me whose mind can wander. During this hard period in my life, I always look forward to working things out with Ruth. It’s nice to have someone to connect to that feels outside of my immediate world, it’s comforting and feels like a healthy step towards finding balance in life. I don’t think it would feel that way with just any counselor however. Would recommend Ruth 10/10 times.

Written by S.U. on Feb 03, 2021 after counseling with Ruth for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I feel heard , comfortable , and a sense of calm comes over me during our sessions. It’ll be my 3rd session coming up this week and I can’t wait

Written by E.M. on Jan 05, 2021 after counseling with Ruth for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I have been working with Ruth for three sessions now, and wow, how it's already made a difference! She is truly amazing at what she does. I can tell from her responses that she genuinely understands the issues I'm dealing with (anxiety, family dynamics, relationship issues). She offers me great perspectives through which to understand what I'm going through, and her strategies really truly help. I feel incredibly lucky to work with Ruth and would highly recommend her to anyone.

Written by S.U. on Dec 22, 2020 after counseling with Ruth for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I have been working with Ruth for a little over a month now and I highly recommend her approach. She is extremely knowledgeable, affirming and kind. She centers on mindfulness and managing day to day stress, anxiety and tension while also encouraging me to go deeper and explore underlying patterns and feelings at my own pace. I feel like I have made progress in identifying and managing stressors in the short time we have worked together and I look forward to continuing this process of discovery with her.

Written by S.U. on Dec 01, 2020 after counseling with Ruth for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Ruth is very understanding and a lovely person to speak with! She takes her time to get to know your problems and tries to help you in the most beneficial way.

Written by I.S. on Nov 24, 2020 after counseling with Ruth for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes

Ruth is an exceptionally compassionate, kind and encouraging person. She is a good listener, asking insightful questions to help me open up and share.