Ruth Sze, MA
Individual, Couples & Family Therapist
Whether you are navigating stress and anxiety through life transitions, overwhelmed by relationship conflicts, or struggling with hardships related to your past or cultural identity, I'm here to collaborate with you on developing strategies that can support meaningful healing and progress.
Sliding Scale: Available
Insurance: Cigna & can provide superbill for PPO plans
Accepting New Clients: Yes
- Anxiety & Stress Management
- Art Therapy
- Burnout & Perfectionism
- Cross-Cultural & Third Culture Kid
- Pregnancy & Postpartum
- Relationships & Family Issues
Hi! I’m glad you’re here.
In our time together, we can explore the complexity and uniqueness of who you are, what matters to you, and the meaningful change you would like to experience in your life. I value creating a space where you feel comfortable coming as you are during times of pain, questioning, and loneliness, as well as celebrating the moments of hope, triumph, and joy. We’ll creatively collaborate to develop practices that can support you in navigating the challenges that brought you here and making progress toward goals that align with your values. I’m looking forward to meeting you and embarking on this journey with you!
Anxiety, Stress, and Life Transitions
The heavy weight of worries and intense fear can affect our minds and our bodies, leaving us exhausted and overwhelmed. Through times of uncertainty and change, I understand that anxiety can show up as:
- A cloud of negativity or judgment that follows you around; feeling powerless over your racing thoughts
- Physical symptoms like the inability to fall asleep, a pounding heart, muscle tension, changes in appetite
- Irritability and restlessness
Together, we can unravel the layers of what may be driving your anxiety and collaborate on effective strategies and coping mechanisms that work for you.
Relationships and Family Issues
When struggles in our relationships with our partners or family member arise, it can feel lonely, frustrating, and overwhelming. I seek to explore with you the uniqueness and complexity of your relationships and tools for better communication and conflict resolution. Some questions we may explore in therapy include:
- How does your family’s culture affect who you are today and how you relate to each family member?
- How did you and your partner witness relationships and love growing up?
- What values and beliefs does each person hold in this season of life?
Burnout can manifest in your life after repeated exposure to stress and a lack of appropriate boundaries. If you often find yourself physically and emotionally exhausted, “numb” towards your feelings or your work, or questioning your purpose and impact, it may be time to work towards building strategies and practices to care for your well-being. My approach to therapy can support you in identifying the values that support your sense of purpose and learning strategies for how to navigate challenging thoughts and emotions.
Pregnant and Postpartum Mothers
Are you struggling to feel supported as you navigate the emotional and physical challenges of motherhood? As a pregnant or postpartum mom, you may be:
- Overwhelmed, overstimulated, and constantly anxious
- Experiencing feelings of rage or deep sadness (and then guilt for feeling those feelings)
- Missing your “old life” and body
- Questioning who you are
- Struggling to connect with your partner, family members, and friends
As a mother, I can empathize with the difficulty of navigating your new role as a parent and the physical and emotional changes that may accompany the shift in identity, responsibility, and daily life (including building a tolerance for sleep deprivation and loud noises!).
My approach to therapy can support you in:
- Processing your pregnancy and birth journey
- Reflecting on your own upbringing and how it may impact the mother you want (or don’t want) to be
- Practicing nonviolent communication with your loved ones
- Establishing boundaries that may help you feel safe
- Clarifying your values in your new role as a mother
Cross-cultural and Third Culture Kid Experience
Growing up as a third culture kid, I’ve spent my life navigating the challenges of adjusting and transitioning between the cultures of Hong Kong, the United States, and Brazil. I deeply understand the aching loneliness that can stem from a lack of a sense of belonging and the weight of a story that feels too complex to be understood by those around me.
I care about helping individuals who feel torn between worlds and struggle with issues related to a sense of belonging, unresolved grief, rootlessness and restlessness, and life transitions. My approach to therapy can support you in naming the strengths of your unique story, identifying areas of unresolved grief, and clarifying the values that make life meaningful to you.
Artmaking and the creative process are avenues to self-reflection and communication. I have specialized training in art therapy, and incorporating art into our sessions may support you in:
- Overcoming difficulty expressing your emotions through talk therapy
- Providing sensory support to focus and/or a creative way to express yourself
- Reflecting on your inner world and emotions through artmaking and the creative process
No prior art experience required!
It takes courage and vulnerability to seek support and share your story,
and I’m honored to start this journey with you!
Registered California Board of Behavioral Sciences Number: AMFT 140393
Supervised by Yasuno Yoshizawa, LMFT 112040, ATR-BC 19-154