MA, LMFT #127256
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology Adjunct Faculty
Certified Meditation Instructor
individual + relational therapy
"My role as psychotherapist is rooted in collaboration, empathy, curiosity, kindness, respect + compassion. Supporting everyone's goals, dreams, lifestyle choices, preferences, cultural history, spiritual practice, diversity and journey."
- Eric Ruffing
NEW SITE COMING 10/2021
WHAT are the types of problems I can help with?
Life Transitions (school, family, spiritual, sobriety)
"The problem is the problem, not the person."
MIchael White+David Epston
HOW I work
I truly believe you are not the problem. But there’s a problem (or more) that surrounds you. Why "The Problem" has shown up is part of your story. I have found that change happens when we deconstruct, investigate & evaluate what "The Problem" is doing to your life. Why you don't like it, what it is you’d rather be experiencing, and not focusing on what you've been doing wrong.
Problems generate stories that you may come to believe about yourself which then create anxiety, guilt, depression, stress, worry, low self-esteem, confusion, anger, unfairness, grief or others. Over time these beliefs become a way to evaluate yourself. I'll collaborate with you to find the space for you to re-discover, create new skills, understanding, abilities and mental space for you separate the effects "The Problem" has on how you see yourself. A new re-authored, less critical & happier life story can emerge that supports your confidence, dreams, goals, culture, future.
If for you traditional therapies haven't helped, not helping any longer, or don't sound right to you, I utilize modalities, theories & training that see problems as problems not people as problems. Our sessions remain respectful, curious, strength based, holistic & positive, not statistical medical models that focus on reliving traumas, labeling your behaviors, blaming your "attachment style" or "faulty thinking". We'll collaborate using Narrative, Post Modern, Solution Focused, Existential and contemplative modalities. Recognizing that mental health is impacted by more than your parents and childhood. That therapists should integrate broader ideas that question, recognize and deconstruct how societal discourses, power and expectations affect your ability to live.
I'm a therapist, professor, graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, graduate of Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Level 1 200-hour certified meditation instructor, had a 25+ year career as an art director/graphic designer. Living as a father, husband, hiker, mountain biker, ocean lover, pet owner, animal lover, knowledge seeker, informed by the Dharma.
My reason for becoming a therapist is to provide a space where you are never judged for the problems you're facing, the actions you've taken, the goals and dreams you have for life.
FEES and availability
$160 per 55 min. / $220 per 85 min.
Out of Network (I do not take insurance)
Some availability via tele-health.
Finding a therapist who you can be comfortable with is hard. Let's chat for 15min and see if we may be right for each other?
ERIC RUFFING M.A., LMFT, LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST #127256
-Ericruffingtherapy.com serving: Orange County, Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Buena Park, Capo Beach, Cerritos, Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, Coto De Caza, Cypress, Dana Point, El Toro, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Ladera, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Nigel, Lake Forest, La Habra, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Los Angeles, Mission Viejo, Monarch Beach, Newport Beach, Orange, Placenta, San Clemente, Rancho Santa Margarita, Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Turtle Rock, Tustin, Westminster, Villa Park, Yorba Linda.