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DAVID A. RUTH, NCC, LPCC
- Career and Work Issues
- Relationship Issues
- Life Transitions
David is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and National Certified Counselor who has worked in the field for more than five years. He works with adolescents, young adults, and adults who live with anxiety, depression, and issues related to relationships, life transitions, work, and career. David particularly enjoys working with young adults who are experiencing a range of life changes.
- Adolescents (14+)
- Young Adults
For more than five years, David has dedicated his career to helping clients with anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, and career and work issues. He uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness. David particularly enjoys his work with young adults dealing with a range of stressors, such as relationships, professional identity, and work-life balance, all while exploring their own identities and questioning some of the beliefs they developed earlier in life. He finds that young adults are particularly open to therapy and making changes.
As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and National Certified Counselor, David sees his work as a therapist as an extraordinary opportunity to see the uniqueness of each individual, their experiences, and how they relate to their world. Because therapy draws from a wide range of evidence-based solutions, David has the opportunity every day to collaborate with his clients to find the solutions that have the potential to make real differences in their lives.
David uses an approach based upon openness and acceptance with each client to explore their unique story and what it might mean to their lives today. He maintains a commitment with his clients to use every session as an opportunity to look for solutions and help the client move ahead.
David came to the field of therapy having had a professional career, a family, and a lifetime of cross-cultural experiences that he finds helpful in connecting with people from various backgrounds and experiences.
Education and Professional Affiliations
M.A. Clinical Counseling – Fairfield University (2016)
Masters of International Affairs – Columbia University (1979)
B.A. International Relations – University of Wisconsin (1977)
Northern California Cognitive Behavior Therapy Network (NCCBT)
License number: LPCC 6941
The therapists at Pacific CBT are extensively trained to provide the highest level of evidence-based psychotherapy services to its clients. Beyond their rigorous graduate school studies, each therapist has received additional post-graduate training by masters in the field. They also value ongoing learning through commitment to consultation with experts in the field and by attending continuing education classes and conferences.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a specialized form of psychotherapy. Pacific CBT therapists utilize standard counseling skills that all therapists are trained to provide. In addition to these techniques, they offer the additional components of cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT therapists provide active listening and empathy coupled with teaching skills to help their clients identify the factors that maintain their presenting concerns and the skills and coping strategies to overcome these factors. Pacific CBT therapists strive to help their clients become their own therapist.