Teresa Ruiz

Teresa C. Ruiz, MS, LPC, NCC, CCTSI

Clinical Coordinator

Contact Teresa: teresa@oasiscounselingcenter.com / 706-543-3522 ext 206

Accepting new clients? -- Not at this time.

Teresa is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and a fully licensed Mental Health Counselor (LPC). She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist-Individual (CCTSI), a Certified First Responder Counselor (CFRC). Teresa has over 20 years of experience in a variety of mental health settings, providing counseling in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric centers, the public schools, medical centers, community mental health, forensic settings, and the Veterans Administration. These diverse experiences have given her deep insight into the human condition and taught her everyone’s story is important.

Teresa recognizes feelings of depression, fear, anxiety, confusion, anger, grief, trauma, and other struggles beset us all at times. She understands that an environment where people can feel safe and heard is vital, and cultivates a therapeutic alliance to be alongside individuals as a nonjudgmental support in their journey to wholeness and independence.

Teresa listens to clients' unique needs, utilizes an eclectic and integrated approach to the whole person, and while using empathy and compassion, also asks challenging questions to explore ideas, new ways of thinking and understanding, and guide discovery in the process of helping you arrive at your own destination.

Teresa enjoys working with people of all ages, cultures, backgrounds, and sexualities, and believes in collaborating with each individual to find the right evidence-based interventions for them. Her training and experiences and ongoing learning support her work assisting others with depression, PTSD, managing stress and anxiety, addressing life transitions, and navigating the challenges of emotional and psychiatric disorders. Additionally, she provides couples counseling and family therapy sessions.

Issues: Anxiety, Conflict Resolution, Self-Esteem, Communication Skills, Behavior Management, Grief, Depression, Family Conflict, Spirituality, Relationship Issues

Mental Health: Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders

Sexuality: All

Client Focus: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Veterans, Elders (65+), Couples

Treatment Orientation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Music Therapy, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Interpersonal, and Solution-Focused Therapies