“Everyone experiences challenges in their lives. I endeavour to work alongside clients to help them learn how to respond to these challenges, no matter how big or small. My aim is to equip people to feel confident in their ability to cope with life’s challenges and to confront difficult situations.” – Ruth White
Ruth has experience working with individuals and families across the lifespan. She has worked in community and hospital settings alongside other psychologists and multi-disciplinary team members, as well as in research settings. Ruth is passionate about early intervention and is particularly interested in working with children and young people who experience behavioural difficulties, anxiety, and mood disorders. She utilises a creative, flexible approach to therapy to allow individuals of all ages to feel comfortable to discuss their concerns.
Ruth understands that mental health difficulties in a child or young person can affect the entire family. She works together with families to reduce feelings of overwhelm for all family members, to improve family relationships, communication and teamwork, and to increase parental confidence to support their child or young person effectively whilst also developing strategies to manage challenging behaviours.
Ruth also enjoys working with young people who are feeling lonely or isolated or who are overwhelmed by big emotions and have difficulty calming down. She understands that adolescence is an important time of growth and development and recognises that young people need a space where they can explore their experiences, can feel safe and understood, and can learn skills to manage big emotions, whilst improving confidence and self-esteem.
Bachelor of Science Psychology (Honours)
University of Sydney
Masters of Clinical Psychology
University of Technology Sydney
Ruth has a special interest in the following areas:
Anxiety disorders including selective mutism
Child and family presentations
Parenting and attachment
Emotion dysregulation and non-suicidal self-injury
- Behavioural Issues
- Obsessive compulsive and related disorders
- Tic Disorders
- Body focused repetitive behaviours
REGISTRATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Psychology Board of Australia (Reg #: PSY0002102839)
- Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)
- Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Ruth is trained in a range of treatment interventions, including:
- Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Parent-Management Training (PMT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Schema Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS
Ruth strongly believes in the importance of using treatments that have been shown to be effective and she therefore strives to keep up to date with the latest research. Additionally, Ruth invests substantial time in continued education and training.
Ruth has previously participated in research examining emotions and learning in young children, as well as research examining young people’s motivations for engagement in non-suicidal self-injury.