Abby Ruth Plusen
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Abby Ruth Plusen

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Master of Science in Social Work, MSSW Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Maryland Accepting Online
Catonsville Counseling Community Accepting In-person
Updated July 18, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress management

Professional statement

Abby Plusen is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Master Certified Life Coach based in Catonsville, Maryland. Abby works with folks who are experiencing life's transitions; she is particularly sensitive to deeply feeling empaths who are struggling to find their way through periods of unrest, general anxiety, and stress.

Abby has experienced tremendous growth and breakthroughs with clients using a mix of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Healing, and Mindfulness. She works with clients to shift their perspectives and stories they tell about themselves in order to co-create a calm, conscious, and fully actualized clients.

Therapists focus on “why” certain behavioral patterns occur, and coaches work on “how” to work toward a goal. As a licensed therapist and coach, Abby will work with you in a compassionate and non-judgmental way to explore how your past affects your present and focus on "the work" to actualize your present goals.

Abby is available in-person sessions at the Catonsville Counseling Center and on-line for remote sessions using zoom.


Message to clients

I believe we are all just the stories we tell ourselves. There is nothing good or bad about this – it is just how we craft and make sense of our life. You and I may have the same exact experience of something, and you may hear, notice, and even value things I had not. If we are made up of our stories and our stories are extremely subjective, how do we make good sense of the world around us? You have all the answers inside you. As a holistic and integrative therapist and coach, I will guide you toward a balanced understanding of how your past directly affects your present and we will set goals for the future. You can find a regenerative and centered place of peace. The shift from feeling insidiously stressed, resentful, and generally chaotic to balanced, grounded, and joyful is attainable if you commit to the work. Real and lasting change occurs in tiny increments. Small daily practices can positively shift your relationship with others and more importantly, with yourself.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)

Insurance

Abby Plusen is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (50min)

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Maryland)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8am-5pm
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed 8am-5pm
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri 8am-5pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Catonsville Counseling Community practice
1009 Frederick Road, Catonsville, Maryland 21228
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 23 years


Certified Professional Life Coach, MCLS, 2022
University of Texas, Austin, MSSW, 2001
James Madison University, BSW, 1998


Licensure

Maryland: 28908


Languages

English