My name is Ruth Story, I am a licensed clinical professional counselor with the state of Montana and I joined the Belgrade nCenter in 2016. I provide counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults and my theoretical approach is grounded in person-centered therapy. My goal is to provide a supportive environment of unconditional positive regard and acceptance to assist you with healing and personal growth.
Growing up, I had a keen interest in human development and well-being, and this interest led me to my own path of self-discovery. When I became a parent, I deepened my study of human development and studied art therapy because I wanted to understand and engage with my children in a meaningful way.
Later I earned my elementary education degree and I worked for 10 years in the Bozeman school district in special education and speech therapy, and also as a 6th grade math teacher.
I have been working as a professional counselor since 2009, having earned my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from MSU Bozeman. I trained in Bowen family systems theory because I have always had an appreciation for the roles we play in our families of origin and how that translates into our current relationships. I seek to provide gentle guidance to help family members relate to each other in more helpful, kind, and dignity-promoting ways.
I am also trained in emotionally focused therapy (EFT). I believe EFT can bring a level of emotional resolution to relationships that is deeply healing. Before I came to the nCenter, I worked with adults at the Human Development Clinic at MSU Bozeman and with youth and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. As an inpatient therapist at Acadia Montana, I had the opportunity to work with teens and their families to promote recovery from traumatic life situations and to assist with reintegration into their homes, families, and communities.
I also worked as a C.S.C.T. (Comprehensive School and Community Treatment) therapist in a school setting for 6 years. Working with youth in grades 6-12, I was able to assist children and their families with crisis management as well as help them attain better social skills, emotional regulation, and problem-solving skills so that they could learn to manage and navigate difficult situations.
I appreciate connecting with family and friends, the arts, animals, fitness, travel, and the great outdoors. I enjoy activities that incorporate as many of these elements as possible, as often as I can!
Ruth Story, LCPC
21000 Frontage Road, Suite 7
Belgrade, MT 59714
Call the nCenter at (406) 599-2492 to schedule with Ruth.