RUTHANN CRAWFORD, MHC-LP
Staff Therapist (she/her/hers)
Ruthann is a Mental Health Counselor providing therapy to adolescents, adults and couples.
Ruthann graduated with a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Wellness from New York University. With a rich background in the arts, Ruthann also completed her bachelor's degree in Music Production & Performance with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience from CUNY York College. Throughout her educational and career journey, she has worked to integrate the use of music and art within a therapeutic scope and practice. Her zeal for social justice activism and compelling nature for research and representation have led her to serve and work with diverse populations including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, substance abuse issues, trauma, and co-occurring and severe emotional disturbances. Ruthann is motivated through the use of person-centered psychotherapy to use both eclectic and integrative approaches to create and maintain a collaborative relationship with her clients.
As a clinician, Ruthann strives to promote advocacy across the multiple communities she has served through her life's work. She finds passion in truly believing that all persons can live rewarding lives regardless of their financial, social, intellectual, physiological, and emotional differences. Through her acknowledgement of the cultural factors that contribute to her clients' narratives, she strives to create approaches that cater to their mental health and wellness needs.
Ruthann’s belief in the need for therapy to be person centered and customized to the needs of the client allows her to promote the use of both eclectic psychodynamic and integrative therapeutic approaches. While skilled in her use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address the specialities of substance abuse, eating disorders, and mood disorders, Ruthann also utilizes mindfulness training, deep breathing/somatic work and music as needed to promote healthy coping and adaptive skills for her clients. Her greatest policy is the belief that therapy is self care, and actively practicing and learning to adjust one's self care will allow them to flourish.