Ruth Whitley

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS, DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, ADOLESCENT ISSUES, STRESS COPING

I feel that the ability to counsel others is a God-given skill and that oftentimes you fall into it quite naturally. I have always been told by peers that I was easy to talk to and they often came to me with their problems.  I enjoy helping others better themselves by developing healthy attitudes and perceptions. I also enjoy watching their progress as they grow and are able to work through their problems. I feel it is necessary to allow the person to feel hope about their situation and know that they do not have to struggle by themselves. (Romans 12:13).

Special Interests

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationships, including marital and family therapy
  • Survivors of abuse
  • Adolescents and children
  • Grief and Loss
  • EMDR

Education and Credentials

  • Master of Education in Counseling, Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Sociology, Delta State University, Cleveland, Mississippi
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor for Licensed Professional Counselors

Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association
  • Pinelake Baptist Church
  • Mississippi Association for Marriage and Family Therapists

Work Experience

I have 30 years of experience in the mental health field, including extensive experience working in inpatient settings.  I have worked in private practice full-time for 16 years.  Also, I am a certified supervisor for Licensed Professional Counselors and currently maintain an active group of supervisees.

General Information

  • Married with one daughter