Douglass Ruth, LCSW

Clinical Director

Douglass Ruth is the Clinical Director at Jewish Family & Child Service. He started at JFCS in 2010, with a focus on providing counseling and support to underserved populations. In his current role as Clinical Director, Doug supervises mental health counselors and provides individual, couples, and group counseling. Doug is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), obtaining his MSW from Smith College School of Social Work in 2006 and has been involved in mental health counseling and social work for the past 10 years.

Before actively pursuing social work, Doug obtained his BA in Public Policy from Duke University. After graduating in 2000, working as a community organizer, policy developer, and technology consultant, Doug was drawn to the full spectrum of his clients needs. In gaining a fuller understanding of how one’s life experience and social environment influences health, emotional needs, and relationships, Doug was drawn to the unique person-centered view of social work. Prior to joining JFCS, Doug worked in a variety of settings with a wide range of populations, including inpatient and outpatient medical facilities. Doug also spent time working intensively with families and children in the Portland area, to support their mental health and behavioral goals.

At its core, therapy is a personal journey built on the relationship between counselor and client. Trust and empathy are the hallmarks of the work we do. Because we all have different wants and needs, Doug tailors his therapeutic approach to accommodate each individual’s experience and identity. Thus, treatment modalities are not set in stone. Doug issues Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic approaches, mindfulness, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT). Clients inform the process of therapy and develop their own insights and strategies that lead to lasting change in their lives. It is Doug’s goal to create a non-judgmental and safe environment that allows for exploration, opening up, and sharing.

Doug helps clients to address their concerns and develop the tools and insight to make the life changes they desire. Some of the topics that clients come to him with:

  • Gaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your life and relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Finding new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications skills—learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
  • Getting “unstuck” from unhealthy patterns—breaking old behaviors and developing new ones
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting your self-confidence

During his spare time, Doug enjoys examining his community and the greater world through travel and exploration. When possible, he brings along his adorable dog, Annie, to join in on the fun.

Douglass Ruth

Connect with Douglass Ruth, LCSW

503.226.7079, ext. 124