- Orange County
Ruth Park, AMFT
Ruth chose a career in this field due to her passion for advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves. She believes that cultural competency is very important as well. Being a minority herself, she knows the difficulties in seeking mental health services or even discussing mental health issues within in her own culture, and she hopes she can do her part to help eliminate those stigmas for others who may be experiencing similar obstacles.
Ruth’s approach to therapy is that of a strong foundation. This strong foundation assists people in facilitating change or growth. That foundation is built on trust and having a healthy therapeutic alliance with the client. It is not the therapist’s job to tell the client what to do or how to do it, but to be that support for the client and to meet them wherever they are at. Every person’s journey is unique, and each client has their own specific needs and perspectives.
Ruth’s experience includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care, and Recover-Oriented Therapy. She has worked with the substance use population and has experience working with trauma, specifically Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Ruth also has experience working with dual diagnosis such as anxiety and depression.
When working with Ruth you can expect a safe and friendly environment. She realizes that not every therapist is a perfect fit for every individual. It requires building a rapport and that is Ruth’s biggest strength and her top priority. She wants to make sure that her clients feel comfortable and that the sessions are a safe space for them to share.