Ruth M. Strunz, MC, RP
Ruth Strunz is a Registered Psychotherapist at the be well centre. Alongsside her general psychotherapy practice, Ruth specializes in providing psychotherapy to adults and children with ASD and other neuro-psychological and sensory conditions which impact relationship-building. She also counsels parents, grandparents and siblings of children with ASD.
Ruth has developed an integrative model of ASD-Informed Psychotherapy, which draws on components of attachment theory, Adlerian Individual Psychology, Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. When doing play-based therapy with children, her approach includes a robust parent training and support component. In schools, Ruth advocates for learners with ASD and ADHD and supports parents in ensuring accessibility to the Ontario curriculum for students with neurologically determined learning differences.
Ruth holds a Master of Counselling Psychology and published her model of ASD-Informed Psychotherapy in the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2018. She brings a background in child development to her work and was the Autism Specialist at Phoenix Learning Centre, the Founding Director of Child's Play Montessori School in Peterborough, and the Director of Sage Learning Center in San Diego, California. She is a past-Chairperson of the Family Education Section of the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology. As an educator as well as a clinician, she presents regularly on ASD and mental health at local, national and international conferences.