About Josephine

Josephine Ruiz MA, ATR-BC, RP

Registered Psychotherapist (she/her)

Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO)

Certified EMDR Therapist (EMDRIA)

IFS-Informed Therapist (IFSCA)

Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATCB)

Approved Mental Health Provider for NIHB & IRS-RHSP (ISC)


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 25+ years of counselling work-related experiences in varied settings: out-patient, psychiatric, community/school-based facilities and a family counselling center. My unique education in Counseling Psychology & Art Therapy and intensive training focused on trauma, EMDR, IFS, CBT, DBT, Gottman Couples therapy, substance-use/addiction, cultural-sensitive approaches prepared me to support individuals who struggle with trauma/PTSD (sexual, physical, emotional, cultural stress and intergenerational), addiction, secondary traumatic stress for frontline professionals, BIPOC, LGBTQ2SI 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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