Ruth Kovacs, MS, LMFT


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"It is a privilege for me to accompany people on their personal journeys as they confront the challenges and work through the struggles in their lives. There is no greater reward than to see clients learn new skills and draw on their own strengths, wisdom, and courage to resolve their life problems."

As a young adult, Ruth's experience at The College of Wooster in Ohio provided a solid liberal arts education in a small, close-knit community. There her interest in interpersonal relationships and understanding people was encouraged and nurtured. 

In 1972 Ruth began a career in elementary education. After several years she began working with children with learning disabilities. Drawn to helping these children resolve related psychological issues, Ruth decided to pursue a graduate degree in counseling. 

Ruth completed her Masters Degree in Counseling at Shippensburg University in 1980 and began working as a therapist seeing individuals, couples, and families at both Tressler Lutheran Services and a family practice office. In 1987 she began working in a private psychology practice that afforded more opportunities to sharpen her skills as a therapist. Postgraduate seminars in Bowen's Family Systems Theory and courses taken in marriage and family therapy from Temple University helped Ruth understand clients' problems in the context of their families of origin and current families. This training has been invaluable to Ruth in her work with couples. 

Ruth's therapeutic skills have been further honed during the past 5 years as a therapist at the Stevens Center providing therapy for clients with major depression, anxiety disorders, and a wide range of interpersonal problems. In 2004 Ruth was pleased to join Franco Psychological Associates. 

Ruth is active in the life of Carlisle Friends (Quaker) Meeting, where she teaches Sunday school and serves on several committees. Her interests include reading, gardening, and hiking. She has lived in Carlisle since l979 and has two grown daughters and a dog, Toby. The family has enjoyed spending many summers together at the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

  • B.A., History and Elementary Education, 1971, College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
  • M.S., Counseling, 1980, University of Shippensburg, Shippensburg, PA
  • American Association of Marital and Family Therapists, Clinical Member, 1994
  • PA State License in Marriage and Family Therapy, 2002