People seek help for many different reasons. Often, the coping skills that we learned in our youth no longer seem to be working. Our past experiences affect how we see the world, relate to others, and cope with stress and changing those patterns can seem difficult.
Sometimes people suffer from painful symptoms of stress or unhappiness that get in the way of daily functioning. Others experience a general sense of dissatisfaction with their lives and are looking for a way to clarify who they are, what they want, and how to change old patterns of behavior.
I am committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental, respectful and professional therapeutic atmosphere. I consider myself to be a resource and guide for you along your path of self-discovery, healing, and change. I believe that we all have the capacity for growth and change within ourselves, and consider it a privilege to be witness to people’s personal journeys.
Ruth Bard, Ph.D.
A licensed psychologist specializing in individual therapy, eating disorders, depression and anxiety, and maintains a private practice in Chapel Hill, NC.
With over 25 years experience as a therapist, I have extensive training, and have worked on an adult inpatient unit at a public psychiatric hospital, an adolescent inpatient unit, several public schools and outpatient psychotherapy clinics.
As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a more satisfying life. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we can unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
I believe psychotherapy can be a powerful tool through which to develop new ways of understanding and handling life situations, and to foster resilience in managing challenges.If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute of Adelphi University, Garden City, New York. Received December 1996
Predoctoral Internship at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a Harvard Medical School Training Hospital, Adult Inpatient Unit, 1991 to 1992
Postdoctoral Fellowship on the adolescent inpatient unit at the McCauley Institute at St. Mary’s Medical Center, San Francisco, California, 1996 to 1997
B.S. in Political Science from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
As a Psychologist in North Carolina.
Completed DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Intensive Training 2011-2012
Professional Activities and Memberships
Member of North Carolina Psychological Association
I place great emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and am aware that it has the power to change and heal. My office and my professional approach helps provide a safe, nurturing and healing environment.
I provide individual psychotherapy, stress reduction and coaching and my treatment specialization includes:
- Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
- Parenting Support
- Grief Counseling
- Work and Career issues
- Stress Management
- Eating Disorders
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) informed therapy
Rates & Insurance
I am an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield and MedCost. I am out-of-network with other insurance providers. Please call your insurance provider to determine your coverage.
As of January 1st, 2014, the new Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act became effective. This law expands the coverage for out-of-network mental health services. Please see the following link for more information: Samhsa.gov
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Privacy & Confidentiality
Your privacy is important to me and is protected by Federal and State Laws as well as Professional Ethics. The matter of privacy and ethics is also the corner stone and foundation of trust in our relationship. However, there are some legal exceptions to confidentiality; where I would be bound by law and ethics to take steps to protect you or another individual.
These exceptions include:
1) Where there is a reasonable suspicion of child abuse/neglect or elder adult abuse/neglect
2) Where there is a reasonable suspicion that you may present a danger of violence to others
3) Where there is a reasonable suspicion that you are likely to harm yourself unless protective measures are taken
Please feel free to ask any questions about your right to privacy and confidentiality.
Additionally, anything you transmit over my website is highly secure, and stored data is HIPAA compliant.
Please fill out the New Client Intake Form and the Confidentiality Form and bring to your first session.
If you would like me to coordinate care with another professional (e.g., your psychiatrist, primary care physician, etc.), please complete the applicable release of information form below: