My approach to therapy is wholistic. When an individual comes to counseling, it is because they want something to be different in their lives. Initially, you and I will explore your feelings and concerns and what changes you want or what decisions you want to make. As a feminist, I support individuals as they work to build self-empowerment in relation to others and the environment. In order for counseling to be effective, you will want to make a committment of time and energy and take an active role in the process.
I strive to assist my clients as they get in touch with their feelings and their physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. I often utilize mindfulness techniques to assist a client in her/his ability to manage their symptoms. I may use acudetox, hypnotherapy, or EMDR to address issues the client brings.
Acudetox consists of acupuncture in the outer ears, or seeds which adhere to the ears. Acudetox may reduce the urge to use substances. Acudetox reduces anxiety, and supports balance and improves sleep. Acudetox may address behavioral addictive practices including high risk sexual practices, compulsive internet use, and consuming food compulsively.
Call or Email Joy Ruth for a free phone consultation now - (512) 843-8578


  • Years in Practice: 10+ Years
  • School: University of Texas
  • Year Graduated: 1999
  • License No. and State: 33752 Texas


  • Avg Cost (per session): $60 - $150
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Beacon
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cenpatico
  • Ceridian
  • Cigna
  • Deer Oaks
  • LifeSynch
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Military OneSource
  • Multiplan
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Optum
  • United
  • ValueOptions
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.


  • Anxiety
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Gay Issues


  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Internet Addiction
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Substance Abuse
  • Teen Violence
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Weight Loss

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders
  • Psychosis


  • Bisexual Issues
  • Lesbian Issues
  • Transgender Identity

Client Focus


  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Acu Detox Specialist
  • EMDR
  • Family Systems
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2015
Joy Ruth, LCSW, ADS, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Austin

Joy Ruth

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ADS