Ruth Spalding (she/her)


I'm fat, bisexual, neurodivergent, and disabled. I'm a very direct communicator. My website has more information about me.

Clinical Social Worker in Michigan

  • Individual
  • Group

About My Clients

My clients kick ass. They have endured so much in their lives and they give me the privilege and honor to help them help themselves through therapy. They are wonderfully queer, grappling with questions of integrity and justice. They are often struggling with burnout as many of them are healers or caretakers in some way. My clients take inherited trauma and heal with boundary setting, compassion, a bit of polyvagal theory to get grounded.

My Background and Approach

I have previous experience working for the department of corrections and it's why I'm a PIC abolitionist. I have previous experience working for crisis teams and it's why when I safety plan with someone who is suicidal I will do as much as I can to prevent contact with police. This is a big part of the feminist and anti-oppression lens approach of my work with folks. We will often talk about your stuff and how it's connected to cultural systems of oppression. If that sounds like something you were missing I am very willing to engage with this! if you are not interested in this approach I'm not a good fit for you.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I am on a mission to destroy abuse of power. I see the effects of abuse of power that parents hold on children, the abuse of power of healthcare providers have on their patients, financial abuse of capitalism, and all systems of oppression like white supremacy. I seek to sow seeds of generative power, shared power. I wish to show people that they can be powerful in ways they had not even imagined because we are often trapped with this mythology that wielding power means stepping on someone. I wish to join with other people and grow powerful with them. I wish to destroy the way that a seed destroys its pod by exploding forth. The tools at my disposal are years of training as a therapist and my own healing journey to listen to my intuition and my ability to recognize patterns. My ability to recognize what is around me and what is useful to me. This is why I use anti-oppression approaches in therapy.

I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 11 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $100 - 175/session

Reach out to Ruth