Ruth Nathaniel

Ruth Nathaniel

Therapeutic Orientation & Technique

Existential Therapy

Mindfulness & Acceptance

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Person-Centered Therapy

Narrative Therapy

Areas of Specialty

First-Generation Experiences & AAPI
Identity Development

Anxiety & Depression
Emerging Adults
POC & Bicultural Stress
Family Dysfunction
Spirituality & Religious Identity
Grief & Bereavement
Tough Life Transitions
Enneagram Typing & Growth

Academic Background

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL

BA of Arts & Science in Neuroscience & Ethics in Life Sciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada

Locations: Virtual Illinois & Colorado, In-Office Denver, CO starting Jan. 1, 2022

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Regardless of how you feel today, one of your greatest human qualities is your capacity for growth and increased awareness of who you are.

You may have no idea where to start, or feel some resistance but are curious of what exactly therapy may entail. Alternatively, you may have specific goals such as practicing boundaries, addressing anxiety, or navigating a bicultural identity. In any of those cases, you’ll be happy to know that therapy is a collaborative space that draws upon your experiences and goals, my knowledge and skills, and our shared humanity to produce real concrete change in your life. In other words, no feeling or situation is off limits and you’re encouraged to bring it all into session. 

So how might we create real change? We will shift you from “flying on autopilot” to fully engaging with your life through increased consciousness and mindfulness so we can actively accomplish your goals one step at a time. We’ll explore the full range of your emotions, which ought to be understood and wielded instead of silenced. We’ll peel back the layers on formative moments in your life, and explore how it may have shaped you. We’ll figure out what your story has been so far, and where you want to take it. I enjoy guiding clients through various tools and techniques such as mindfulness, the Enneagram, CBT, DBT, and logotherapy, but most of all, we’ll utilize the mutual respect and honor in our partnership to affirm your identity, deepen your self-concept, and help you explore who you were created to be. 

While that’s the basic approach I take to therapy, I am always receptive to my clients’ feedback to ensure they’re getting the most out of each session and adjust accordingly. I’m witty and warm, and often share in bouts of laughter or tears with my clients. I feel akin to those experiencing anxiety or depression because I too navigate those features in my mental health journey. Finally, I am the daughter of immigrants and the persecuted Tamil people; I hold sacred space for those of us who are navigating multiple cultures and values, carrying generational trauma, and exploring what it means to be a part of a diaspora.

Now that you know a little bit about me, I’d love to get to know you, and the first session is a great starting point. Inquire about scheduling today!

Bicultural Considerations: 

As a bicultural person, you may be feeling a sense of ‘otherness,’ and it’s difficult to feel like you’re not fitting the spaces you’re told you belong to. Navigating competing expectations with loved ones is messy! However, it is possible to gain clarity of your own personal values while also honoring the lineage you come from. If you resonate with this know that you are worthy of support, and I’d love to meet you and walk alongside you.

“I was truly relieved to find a therapist who understood my South Asian culture, and was able to help me identify what my values were, and tell my own story. Ruth brings so much openness to our sessions, and I enjoy her insight.” - ZH

“Ruth and I have been working together since her internship. I’ve been living with undiagnosed autism most of my life, and it seemed like no one understood me. But I leave our sessions feeling valued and with an increased ability to navigate my own emotions. She grounds me in session when I feel overwhelmed. ” - LW

“I’ve been in and out of therapy many times, and I’m glad to have someone like Ruth on this journey. It was key to find a therapist who acknowledged my disability as a part of my identity. She is kind and direct, and takes the time to listen to my concerns. She helps me break things down so I can make sense of how I truly feel about things.” - SC

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