The Society of Clinical Psychology, Division 12 of the American Psychological Association, Awarded Emotionally Focused Therapy its Highest Rating for Best Research Evidence Based on 1998 Criteria.

About Me

Charlie Ruff, LMFT | Citrus Heights, CA

Welcome to my website! As you look it over, you may be wondering about my experience and background. I taught secondary school and college in several states. Over time, a particular interest became teaching writing. Upon moving to California, I taught in a Writing Lab in a community college. I learned that I really enjoyed working with students individually, particularly when they wrote about life problems. In time and with encouragement, I began studies for a degree in Counseling Psychology with a Transpersonal Specialization at John F Kennedy University.

My internships for licensing included Head Start and elementary school students, grief groups for a hospice, and private practice. I later led coping skills and poetry therapy groups at a day treatment center for severely mentally ill individuals while continuing in private practice.

After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, I became particularly interested in training in disaster mental health. This interest led to a series of contracts working as a counselor for active duty military personnel, their families and civilian employees on bases in the U.S. and Europe. During this time, I also engaged in advanced training in couples’ therapy. Now I am participating in a certification program in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy as research indicates that it provides significant, long-lasting benefits to most couples who complete the nine stages of treatment. I also am a Certified Poetry Therapist and have studied assisting people with artist blocks and underachievement in college. These experiences enable me to assist individuals, couples and families--both civilian and military--in creating a life that allows better choices about chosen changes and those thrust upon us.

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
International Centre for Exellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy

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