Ruth is a licensed master social worker and PhD candidate at Adelphi University’s School of Social Work with nearly a decade of combined experience helping children and adults living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorders, autism, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety find their center and live in an authentic and fulfilling way. While experienced in facilitating a variety of evidence-based therapies such as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), narrative therapy and play therapy, the cornerstones of Ruth’s practice are curiosity, creativity, meaning and mindfulness. Her research on the opiate epidemic, police-social work collaboration, social work supervision and transpersonal theory has been presented at state, national and international conferences and she has contributed to multiple publications, including the first foundational textbook for political social work. She currently teaches courses on case management, violence and trauma at Adelphi University. As a social work professional, Ruth is dedicated to assisting others in taking control of their own story and watching them thrive, regardless of their past and whatever may come their way.