Ruth Juarez, MSW, ASW, is an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) who is currently obtaining hours towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2015, from University of Southern California, with an emphasis in Mental Health, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, from the University of California, San Diego, in 2008. Shortly after completing her Bachelor’s degree, Ruth began working at Sharp Mesa Vista, a psychiatric hospital in San Diego, as a Case Manager. Upon completing her Master’s degree she was promoted to Medical Social Worker. At Sharp Mesa Vista she has gained extensive experience working with diverse clients. She facilitates groups for the Dual diagnosis (mental health and substance abuse), severely mentally ill, and older adult programs. In 2015, Ruth completed her internship at USC telehealth where she provided individual therapy and family therapy in an outpatient mental health clinic. Ruth also has extensive experience in crisis intervention and suicide prevention, as she provides services at the San Diego Access and Crisis Line.Ruth has experience utilizing various evidence based practices: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Problem Solving Therapy, and Mindfulness. Ruth is fluent in Spanish and has experience in bilingual assessments and treatments. She has received training and is experienced in working with families, children, adolescents, parents, and couples, and is kink and poly friendly. Ruth is also very excited to provide gender therapy to trans men, women, and non-binary people (adults and adolescents) at PEP. She is under the clinical supervision of Sue Boyd, LCSW, BCD.