Richard Ruff, LPC


Richard was born and raised in Minnesota. He met his wife of 14 years at college and they have 6 children. Together they have experienced many of the same challenges as many couples. Richard feels this helps provide added insight into the unique challenges his clients face today.

Richard is currently completing his Ph.D. in Psychology and looks forward to graduating very soon. Richard enjoys spending time with his family and exercising. He and his wife compete in running events and short triathlons together. He serves in his community by volunteering at church functions and fundraisers.


  • Doctoral Degree in Psychology (Completion 2011)
  • Masters Degree in Professional Counseling Ottawa University 2006
    • Received an advanced Studies certificate in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy.
  • Bachelors Degree in Psychology Ottawa University 2002

Professional Training and Experience

  • Teaches at University of Phoenix
  • Advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples.
  • Member of the ICEEFT (Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy)
  • Cognitive behavioral treatments for Addictions, Adjustment, Anxiety and Depression.
  • Advanced training in Play Therapy for Children.
  • Member of AMCP (Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists)
  • Presentations given include:
    • Strengthening Marriages - using emotional awareness
    • Family Dynamics - Understanding how families work with and against each other.
    • Exhausted - What to doe when there is no more to give.
    • ADHD - Common practices and training to loving and helping a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders.

Approach and Theory

In his clinical work Richard uses multiple successful therapies to fill the needs of his clients. These approaches may include cognitive-behavioral methods; client centered, solution focused and emotionally focused therapy. Changes happen for clients when they experience emotional changes, which help repair, heal and begin new behavioral patterns. Richard believes clients must feel comfortable and safe in therapy.

Richard describes counseling as a process of learning how to be happy, not a place to cover up or disregard old wounds. Richard feels with time and educated support, people can feel happier about themselves and their situations in life.