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 pre-teens, teenagers and adults of all ages and backgrounds. My goal is to provide a supportive environment to assist you with healing and personal growth. I seek to provide gentle guidance to help family members relate to each other in more helpful, kind, and dignity-promoting ways. I am in the process of completing training in Somatic Experiencing which is an experiential method that helps people heal through engaging the nervous system. In addition to Somatic Experiencing, I utilize some elements of CBT, DBT and art therapy to help clients to access their strengths and ability to heal.
I am in my second year of training in Somatic Experiencing and find this to be a very useful modality to work with all types of trauma by integrating the nervous system into the healing process. I have experience working with teens to promote recovery from traumatic life situations and assist with reintegration into their homes, families, and communities.
Prior to counseling, I earned my elementary education degree and I worked for 10 years in the Bozeman school district in special education and as a 6th grade math teacher. I am an avid mountain bike rider and will be completing The White Rim Trail this fall (2020). I love family, music and the arts.
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.