B.A., MSocSc (Hons), PGDipClinPsych
Registered Clinical Psychologist
Ruth qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2006 and since then has worked in a variety of settings, mainly in the public sector. Ruth has experience working in general adult mental health where she treated clients with a range of difficulties (including anxiety, panic disorder, social phobia, depression, bipolar disorder, and self-harm). She has also worked for Maternal Mental Health specialist services where she assisted women with mental health problems during pregnancy and postnatally. Most recently, she spent four years working at the Regional Eating Disorders Service (REDS) at Auckland DHB, working specifically with adult and older adolescent clients with Bulimia Nervosa. She was also part of the Consult and Liaison team, where she provided specialist consultation to other mental health services regarding eating disorders and helped coordinate clinical services for complex eating disorder clients.
Ruth is passionate about women’s health and has long been interested in the social and cultural factors influencing women’s relationships with their bodies and with food; twenty years ago her Master’s thesis examined the psychological and social consequences for overweight women of losing weight, and in the years since Ruth has remained committed to issues that affect women. However, she strongly values diversity and welcomes working with clients of any gender, sexual orientation and from all cultural backgrounds.
Ruth works collaboratively with clients to help them identify the specific issues they bring to therapy, and the goals they wish to work towards. During treatment, Ruth encourages clients to view themselves as the experts in their own lives, while she provides the necessary guidance, skills and support for them to move towards the agreed goals of therapy.
While Ruth primarily uses a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach (the treatment model with the best evidence for treating bulimia and binge eating disorders) she also treats clients using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), or drawing from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), depending on the difficulties that a client brings to therapy. She usually provides treatment to individuals but can also involve families when and as required.
Ruth provides treatment for binge eating behaviour and bulimia. Other problems that Ruth can assist with include: anxiety (including OCD, panic disorder and phobias), stress and worry; mood difficulties and depression; adjustment and coping difficulties (including loss and grief); problems associated with pre - or postnatal distress; self-esteem issues; and sleep and pain problems.
Ruth is currently available to see clients at the NZEDC offices on Tuesday and Friday.
Fees are $225 for a 90-minute assessment session.
$150 for subsequent 50-minute sessions.