Ruth-Ann Stewart, MA. Psych., R.C.S.W
Clinical Director

Office: #227-1118 Homer Street, Vancouver BC V6L 6L5
Tel: 604-687-7171
Office Hours: Monday to Friday

Ruth-Ann is accepting new clients!


I am a designated Registered Clinical Social Worker for Private Practice. I am also a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I received my Early Childhood Education Certificate in 1978, and went on to complete my Bachelor Degree in Social Work in 1983. I interned at the Children’s Psychiatric Outpatients’ Unit at V.G.H. and the Ministry of Social Services. In 1990, I returned to school to complete an internship in Bowenian Multigenerational Family Systems Therapy at the North Shore Counselling Centre. In 1996, I completed the Masters of Counselling Psychology Program at Antioch University, specializing in couples and families. I have specialized training to work with adult survivors of sexual abuse, first nations residential school survivors, critical Incident stress debriefing, leadership/life coaching, conflict resolution, EMDR, Trauma Therapy and Trauma Sensitive Yoga.


I have been in the helping profession for 35 years. I have worked in a variety of therapeutic settings, which include child protection, adolescent treatment programs, the children’s psychiatric unit at V.G.H., Project Parent as a Family Therapist, school based counselling through Family Services, and as a contract Therapist at Share Counselling Centre. I have been in private practice for over 20 years.

My private practice includes clients from a variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds. I work with children, individuals, couples and families. I contract with most of the Employee Assistance Programs and have extensive experience with conflict resolution and mediation in the workplace.

I have worked with the First Nation communities of Bella Coola and Tsawwassen on a contract basis and continue to work with urban First Nations who have been affected by residential schools. I have also taught at Vancouver Community College, the Counsellor Training Institute and City University. I clinically supervise other therapists’ and Interns.

Treatment Philosophy

Although I adhere to the multi-generational family systems framework, my approach to counselling varies depending upon the issues to be resolved, and your needs. My counselling approach may include, but is not limited to; Family of Origin work, Person-Centered, Cognitive, Behavioral, Existential, Humanistic, Yoga for Trauma. Depression and Anxiety and Brief-Solution Focused. I will use those tools that I believe will most benefit you.

Much of my work has been with anxiety and depression, trauma survivors, substance misuse, loss and grief, obsessive-compulsive disorder, life transition, personal growth, Residential school trauma, career exploration, coaching, and relationship issues.

I find that many issues that are presented in therapy go back to early childhood. I do not necessarily believe that the client should live in the past, but I do believe that we often need to go back in order to move ahead.

I do not guarantee any particular outcome of treatment. However, I will use my skills and perform all of my services for you in a professional, competent manner. The course of treatment hinges on such factors as the severity and duration of the issue as well as the motivation and cooperation of the client.

Language Spoken


Years of Experience

35+ years

Area of Practice

Alcohol Assessment
Art Therapy
Chronic Illness
Clinical Supervising
Conflict Resolution
Couple Counselling
Criminal victims assistance program
Crisis Management
Debilitating Illness
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Eating Disorder
Family Counselling
First Nation
Mental Health
Loss & Grief
Life Transition
Mindfulness Practice
Pain Management
Personal Growth
Ritual Abuse
Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Sex Therapy
Sexual Abuse
Substance Abuse