Mandy Ruckman

MSW Candidate

Mandy graduated from Oregon State University with her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences. She is currently finishing her MSW in Advanced Clinical Practice at Columbia University and is an intern with Calm Seas Psychotherapy. Mandy has experience working in the criminal justice system and as a parole board victims advocate where she supported survivors of sexual and violent crimes and the loved ones of homicide victims. She has most recently worked as a crisis counselor, where she focused on suicide risk assessment, intervention, safety planning, and mental health support.

Mandy’s passion lies in discovering how trauma impacts the body, mind, and brain and how these imprints manifest in the every-day lives of the people she works with. She uses a trauma-informed and strengths-based perspective and tailors her holistic approach to meet the specific needs of each individual. Mandy wholeheartedly believes in cultivating a trusting and collaborative relationship and seeks to support and empower participants in discovering their own capacity to heal and to thrive. She loves working with people of all ages and backgrounds and has a heart for high school aged youth, emerging adults, parents, couples, military families, and individuals and families who have been impacted by life changing diagnoses and disabilities. Mandy has been trained in and employs a variety of therapeutic modalities to include Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems Theory, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Education
  • Columbia University School of Social Work, MSW Candidate
  • Oregon State University, BS in Human Development and Family Sciences
  • South Puget Sound CC, ATA Paralegal
Additional Training
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
“I have come to the conclusion that human beings are born with an innate capacity to triumph over trauma. I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening.”
-Peter A. Levine