About Ruth Wharton, MA, LPC
With over 15 years of experience counseling children, Ruth Wharton,
works therapeutically with children through the language of play.
Trained as an experiential play therapist, gestalt therapist, and
licensed professional counselor, Ruth supports children to express
their emotions and establish balance and a sense of well being. Ruth
is owner of Front Range Play Therapy Center, LLC. Ruth brings to her
private practice a skilled ability to witness and frame her clients’
experiences with compassion and a vision towards health.
With 18 years of experience working therapeutically in wilderness
settings with people of all ages, Ruth has also developed a
wilderness based psychotherapy practice. Ruth has worked with
wilderness rites of passage for over a decade and deeply believes in
the ability for a person to discover a pathway toward self awareness
and healing while in relationship with themselves, the natural world,
and a therapist.
Ruth graduated from Prescott College in 1999 with a B.A. in
Therapeutic Use of the Wilderness Experience and Cultural
Anthropology. During her studies, she worked in Prescott
elementary schools leading groups and dream workshops for
children. Ruth’s education focused on a person centered approach to
therapy as well as ways to use metaphors as therapeutic tools for
people of all ages. She was trained and certified as a Wilderness First
Responder and worked in several wilderness programs for children
and adults. Ruth also trained at the School of Lost Borders as a
wilderness rites of passage guide.
Ruth was trained as a counselor for a 24 hour domestic violence and
sexual assault crisis hotline in 2001. Trained as a certified child and
teen assault prevention counselor, Ruth presented throughout
California on topics including domestic violence, sexual assault,
relationship issues, and non-violent communication. Ruth also
completed an 80 hour training to counsel children and adults who
have experienced trauma.
Because of her experience working with children and teens in the
crisis center, Ruth decided to further her education and in 2006
received her Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling
Psychology from Naropa University. During Ruth’s education, she
specialized in course work related to children, adolescents, and play
therapy. In 2005, Ruth completed an intensive training in Experiential
Play Therapy with Byron and Carol Norton, two pioneers in the field
of Play Therapy. Over the last few years, Ruth has continued to train
and receive supervision toward becoming a Registered Play
Over 15 years ago, Ruth began her work as a therapist in wilderness
settings, guiding children, adolescents, and adults on therapeutic
wilderness expeditions. Ruth is currently a guide and trainer at The
School of Lost Borders. She has over a decade of experience guiding
both youth and adults through wilderness rites of passage. Ruth has
also guided backpacking trips for children and adolescents, worked
with adjudicated youth in wilderness therapy programs, and worked
as a counselor, tutor, mentor and educator in a variety of other
programs for children.
Ruth directed a teen counseling program for a domestic violence and
sexual assault crisis center. During this time, Ruth gained
experience working with survivors of abuse and found play therapy
particularly effective when working therapeutically with children.
Ruth has over 15 years of experience as a group facilitator and
educator, and has worked in a variety of settings including schools,
summer camps, group homes, teen centers, and juvenile hall. As a
Council Facilitator in Boulder Valley schools, Ruth educated children
on health related topics and provided an environment for children to
express themselves openly.
In 2005, Ruth interned at MDS counseling center in Denver , Colorado
as psychotherapist for children and adults where she implemented a
play therapy counseling program at a Denver public elementary
school. During this time, Ruth saw a tremendous need for
experiential play therapy for children. Because of this experience
along with over a decade of experience working with children, Ruth
has dedicated her practice to provide effective and empowering
therapeutic services to children.
Ruth currently works in private practice in Boulder, Colorado and is
owner of Front Range Play Therapy Center, LLC. She provides
counseling services to children, teens, and adults. Ruth also
continues to guide Wilderness Rites of Passage Programs and
supervises other therapists.
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