As an Art Therapist, Ruann utilizes both applied psychological theory and the act of art-making to cultivate the therapeutic relationship and to support treatment. Art therapy can be used to enhance the therapy process by offering various creative mediums as a form of non-verbal communication, as well as a sensory experience that can be soothing and help to regulate emotions. Art Therapy is a modality that can be used with any age group and is not exclusive to those with an artistic background.
Ruann's clinical experience has primarily been in working with adolescents and young adults in diverse settings such as the public-school setting, medical setting, and community-based settings. In her Art Therapy practice, her approach is both client-centered and psychodynamic. Ruann's primary focus is on the therapeutic alliance, making sure to foster trust and develop an empathetic understanding of the client’s needs. By offering a safe environment, Ruann aims to create a space where clients can gain further insight, and understanding of themselves.
Ruann's approach to therapy is focused on a holistic and social justice lens whilst applying an intersectional framework. Ruann's work considers all parts of the individual, including mental, emotional, spiritual, and social. She is committed to working through an intersectional framework, offering treatment that validates personal experiences and intersections of identity.
Ruann is currently available for remote sessions.
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
Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience
Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life
Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others
This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Years of Experience: 2 years
Resilience Lab, Art Therapist, 2020 - 2020
School of Visual Arts , MPS Art Therapy, 2020