More About Josephine

Josephine Ruiz MA, ATR-BC, RP, Certified EMDR Therapist

Registered Psychotherapist

Certified EMDR Therapist (EMDRIA)
Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATCB)
Approved MH provider for NIHB & IRS-RHSP

Whether we’re overcoming adversity, surviving trauma or dealing with stress or anxiety,
having a sense of purpose, meaning, and perspective in our lives allows us to develop understanding and move forward. Without purpose, meaning and perspective, it is easy to lose hope, numb our emotions or become overwhelmed by our circumstances. We feel reduced, less capable, and lose in the face of struggle. The heart of spirituality is a connection. When we believe in that inextricable connection,
we don’t feel alone.” – Brene Brown


I have more than 20 years of counselling work-related experiences in varied settings: out-patient, psychiatric, school/community-based facilities and a family counselling center. My unique training in Counseling Psychology, Art Therapy and EMDR has prepared me to support individuals who are struggling with trauma/PTSD, addiction, secondary traumatic stress for frontline professionals, and sexual/gender/cultural/spiritual identity-related issues. I utilize therapeutic, neurologically and empirically-based approaches that can help you, not only, to cope but thrive.

What can you expect?

I will understand your journey and make sense of your desires, dreams and priorities. Together, we can come up with a plan that suits you, work through your struggles and find a path towards hope, self-empowerment and growth that is both safe and confidential. I am deliberate, mindful, and committed to your holistic and integrated healing.

Areas of Specialty: Trauma/PTSD (Sexual, Physical, Emotional, Cultural Stress, Intergenerational), Addiction, Life Transition, Depression, Anxiety, Sexual/Gender identity-related issues, Compassion Fatigue, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Stress Management, Work-Life Balance

Approach: Trauma-focused, Strengths-based, DBT, CBT, Psychodynamic/Attachment-based, Art therapy, EMDR, Mindfulness, Culturally-sensitive, Solution-focused, Motivational Interviewing

Age: Adults

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