Ms. Ruby Koontz, BA
Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Ruby Koontz is a masters-level intern therapist. She hopes to foster a warm environment where clients can express themselves authentically and tell their story. Ruby emphasizes self-discovery and self-expression, so she holds space for clients to process their experiences and gain self-awareness. She supports clients as they own the changes they want to make and create the life they want one step at a time. We all feel stuck sometimes, and the work clients put into therapy helps them liberate themselves from patterns that don’t serve them. Ruby encourages clients to embrace their strengths and foster self-acceptance.
Ruby harnesses the power of the therapeutic relationship in providing a safe, supportive context for people to try courageous things such as making changes in their lives or processing painful experiences. She sees her role as a therapist as being a voice of hope and support. Ruby’s approach to therapy is client-led, so she aligns her therapeutic practices with the specific needs of each client. Ruby has a person-centered and strengths-based approach to therapy, drawing on the strengths of the client and the therapeutic relationship. She understands that everyone has unique lived experiences, so she does her best to be mindful about cultural aspects of her clients’ lives, striving to be anti-racist and LGBTQ+ affirmative. Ruby is a second-year student in Valparaiso University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Occidental College in Los Angeles. Ruby has worked at an intensive outpatient treatment center for adolescents.
Child or Adolescent
Trauma and PTSD
Age SpecialtiesElders (65+)
Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
Children (6 to 10)
Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
Types of TherapyIndividuals