We were thrilled to have therapist Ruth Graham join us again, for our Live Q and A.  We’ve done this before and it was so great that we asked our members to ask her anything again!

We covered questions about holiday triggers, dealing with extended family members who don’t honor boundaries, overcoming irrational fears, drug exposure and resources, navigating the holidays with your adult children, strategies for transitions, creating structure during school breaks, responding to hard questions, dealing with acting out in public, coping with grief and loss during the holidays, thinking about switching schools, and more.

Ruth mentioned a few resources during the interview.

The Worrywarts by Pamela Duncan

What to do When You Worry So Much by Dawn Hubner

The Mystery of Risk by Dr. Ira Chassnoff

Tear Soup by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen


Ruth Graham(MA, LMHCA) is founder and licensed mental health counselor at Hope Counseling Centers. She currently provides client centered counseling throughout the Puget Sound. Ruth specializes in adoption, trauma, and grief. She has over 30 year’s experience working with children and families in foster and adoptive care. Additionally, Ruth has earned a certificate in attachment-trauma therapy and is trained in TF-CBT.

Ruth is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner and a certified Prepare Enrich facilitator, a skill building program customized to each specific relationship’s needs. She serves individuals, couples, and families providing counseling services for children, adolescents, and adults. She provides counseling for several life difficulties including depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties.