About Me


Yvette Ruiz is a National Certified Counselor , Licensed Professional Counselor and published author of the workbook titled Renaissance Program: Empowering Abused Women One Step At a Time. She specializes in therapy with individuals, couples, children, adolescents and teens and maintains a private practice in Lancaster, PA.

With over 6 years experience as a psychotherapist, 2 1/2 years as the Outpatient Coordinator of the Mental Health Outpatient Program at T.W. Ponessa & Associates Counseling Services, Inc and as a graduate of Lancaster Bible College specializing in Elementary School Counseling she is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), working with female victims of Domestic violence and Mental Health disorders.

Yvette is also an interactive, bi-lingual Spanish, client centered therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support, teach and provide practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates evidenced based methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.


Master of Education, Elementary School Counseling
Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA
Bachelor of Arts, Economics
Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

License, Certifications & Awards:

Graduated with High Honors from the Masters of Education Elementary School Counseling Program

Licensed Professional Counselor

PA Certified School Counselor

National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Mental Health First Aid USA Certification

Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist for Traumatized Children and Families

Certified Facilitator, Prepare/Enrich marriage and premarital counseling program

Additional Training: (This is not a complete list)


Treatment Interventions with Trauma

Personality Disorders and DSM 5 Training

Mind and Mental Health

Identifying ASD in Young Children

Resiliency in Clinical Practice

The Intersection of Multicultural Competence and Emotional Intelligence in Supervisory Relationship Concepts

Typical vs. Atypical Development ins ASD Children

Counseling Couples

Understanding and Treating OCD

Evidenced Based ABA Practice

The Nature of Hope

Transcendental Motivation

Understanding Themes in Play Therapy

Prepare/ Enrich couple’s training

Mandated Reporter Training

Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) Part II

Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) Part I

Clinical Supervision: Proven Tools and Techniques for Success

The Happy Couple

Caring for the Caregivers

Complex Cases, Multiple Co-morbidities, Health

Writing Circles and Mental Health

Revolutionizing Diagnosis & Treatment Using the DSM-V

Extraordinary Relationships

Trauma and Play Therapy

Professional Activities and Memberships: Member of the American Psychological Association

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