Ruth describes herself as a Writer’s Archaeologist. Others describe her as a Writer’s Midwife. Combining her love of story and all forms of the written word, she brings an intuitive attentiveness to her students. Ruth “digs” for the peak memories and hidden truths in her students lives and helps them birth them into words.
Ruth is a teacher, guide and mentor for anyone interested in the writing process. She teaches elementary and middle school students through Artist in Residency Programs in the schools. She leads the “Year of Writing” workshops, where circles of women meet weekly over a year to write, and critique each others work, in the areas of fiction, non-fiction, essay, personal narrative, poetry and memoir. Ruth has a private practice for individuals who want to use journaling to explore life issues and bring healing to places still recovering from trauma and pain. She tutors children in homework, writing projects, and studying for the SAT/ACT exams. She assists Elders and Hospice Patients to record and document their life’s work for family and friends.
By creating guided exercises and prompts designed for each individual, Ruth accompanies her students and clients as they craft their personal story. Recent studies show that people who write about upsetting and confusing events have an easier time finding options to their situations, and are more able to release stored negativity. She earned her License as a Mental Health Counselor in 1982, after receiving her Masters in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University. Ruth worked as one of 17 Dance Therapists for New England Rehabilitation Hospital under the guidance of Susan Kierr, a leader in the field of Movement/Dance Therapy. Working with a team of well known therapists and specialists, she gained a strong foundation toward developing her counseling skills. to guide her clients with writing exercises towards the goal of healing old wounds and confronting current obstacles.