Olivia Ruffin, MS, NCC, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor that provides individual counseling to teens and adults.
Carrying anxiety and stress can be challenging. Olivia supports clients in discovering how to put it down and live mindfully. She specializes in supporting adolescents and adults to develop tools to navigate both the world and inner self, become unstuck, and increase confidence to face life challenges successfully.
Education and Background
Olivia earned her Master’s Degree of Science in Counseling from The University of Scranton. She began her career in a community mental health setting, where she worked with children, teens, families, and emerging adults who had experienced significant trauma and mental illness. With compassion and cultural sensitivity, she supported individuals from a variety of backgrounds to focus on their strengths, learn new strategies for facing daily challenges, and achieve their therapeutic goals. She worked collaboratively within a team to foster individual, family, and community resilience.
- Pre-teens and Teens
- College Students
- Emerging Adults (20+)
- Highly Sensitive Persons
- Parent-Child Relationship Struggles
- Friendship and Romantic Relationships
- Managing Strong Feelings
- Coping with Anxiety and Depression
- Grief and Loss
Navigating Adolescence to Adulthood
Sometimes it is difficult to name our feelings and talk about what hurts. Olivia creates a warm and supportive environment where young people can feel safe to share their thoughts, feelings, challenges and strengths. With humor, compassion, and concrete skill building, she supports clients in getting grounded, deflating the experience of being overwhelmed, gaining perspective and curiosity as they define their uniquely given path.
Areas of focus include identity development, problem-solving, stress management, and tools to cope with anxiety and depression.
Solution Focused Therapy
Our problems may present as ‘big’ and we can sometimes lose sight of the strengths that have helped us to persevere in the past. With sensitivity and compassion, Olivia provides practical feedback to highlight your strengths, support your problem-solving skills, and boost resilience. Solution-Focused Therapy is an evidence-based practice of talk therapy for people seeking immediate change.
Olivia enjoys helping those who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and stress to lean into the present and co-create conversations that facilitate direction for your future. Sometimes we may not be afforded the time and the knowledge to know why a problem occurred; however, there is current pressure and demand to solve it. With this therapeutic approach, Olivia will support your ability to identify clear goals, enhance your ability to problem solve and incorporate new perspectives to support motivation that leads to purposeful change.
Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Olivia integrates the DBT framework to support clients who want to break negative cycles, set healthier boundaries, increase confidence in decision-making, and embrace their authentic selves. It is common to feel conflict and tension within ourselves as we navigate life’s obstacles. Freedom comes when we find a path to begin creating movement once again. The combination of emotion-focused, somatic, and cognitive practices can empower you to reclaim and embrace your innate wisdom.
Olivia will support you in obtaining mindfulness skills to turn down the noise of stress; emotion regulation skills to support self-reflection; interpersonal effectiveness to communicate your needs and get your request taken seriously, and distress tolerance skills to support new ways of coping.
Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn
Olivia specializes in helping you to cultivate your joy by focusing on the present moment. Despite our biggest worries life is meant to be lived and enjoyed. Mindfulness supports getting grounded and slowing down the need to solve and radically accept the present. I utilize mindful meditation, breath focus, and grounding skills to support you to slow down and tap into your most precious asset — now.