Ruth Wilkirson is an LCSW, recently relocated to Fayetteville from Tulsa Oklahoma. Having worked for twenty-plus years as a hairstylist, she achieved her Masters in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma in 2013 and has since worked in both Community Mental Health and private practice settings. Ruth is trained in a range of techniques and enjoys helping adults with a wide variety of needs.
For clients who would like to be more self-aware in the face of challenges, regulate stress and emotions, intensify focus, access creativity, communicate more effectively, be more present in relationships, and experience greater well-being, Ruth has trained in techniques from several research-based interventions including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Rather than focusing on the elimination of difficult feelings or symptoms, these mindfulness-based interventions are more about developing a healthy relationship to difficulties and emphasizing life-enhancing behaviors and attitudes.
Many people have a history of trauma that can interfere in effective, present-oriented reactions and life choices. Ruth is trained in both EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), both of which can help people to decrease the influence of negative past experiences, be more present in valued relationships, and create rich, full, now-oriented lives.
As a long-time practitioner of both meditation and yoga, Ruth is trained to share these practices with others. As in the practice of yoga, Ruth’s approach to therapy is customized to each client and intended to facilitate each individual’s progress toward his or her unique goals and desired change.