Sean Ruthrauff, MA,
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Hello, and thank you for taking the time to visit New Leaf Counseling. I understand that finding the right counselor for your specific needs can be a difficult task, so I believe it is helpful to give you a little bit of information about myself for you to get a sense of who I am and how I operate as a counselor.
I have lived in this area since 1985, and I love that I can call Kansas City my home! I attended the University of Kansas, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in psychology, and focused on working with children with special needs. Soon after graduating, I married my best friend, Mendy, and have celebrated over 26 years of marriage. We are blessed to have two incredible sons, Jake and Luke, both of whom are Eagle Scouts, and we genuinely enjoy spending quality time with them. Interestingly enough, counseling was not my original career path; after we were married, I launched my own catering business, but after 16 years of working 60-80 hour weeks, missing out on far too many family events, and experiencing some challenging personal struggles, I wrestled with making many significantly detrimental life choices.
Simply put, I was self-destructing, and our marriage was in ruins. We separated, and divorce was eminent. By the grace of God, and as the result of much hard work, personal healing, and tremendously wise counsel, restoration and transformation occurred in our marriage. Soon after, I found myself drawn into a new passion for helping people who were struggling with many of the same things I had dealt with for years, as well as an eagerness to facilitate healing in marriages that were in crisis as ours had been. After much prayer and processing with my wife and trusted mentors, we decided that I would return to school in pursuit of my Masters in Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.
As a counselor, I recognize that everyone has a story and different reasons for seeking therapy. I strive to establish a safe environment that facilitates the development of a collaborative relationship in so that we may adequately assess the current (and past) issues, set goals and achieve growth. I want my clients to know that I too have personally encountered many of the same problems that might bring them into counseling; therefore it's beneficial that they know my frame of reference does not come just from theory or training, but also actual life experiences.
I am passionate about helping people who are hurting, and I strive to provide guidance and wise counsel, bring about restoration, facilitate transformation, and point people to Christ. It is important to note that Christian values inform my approach to therapy as well as my world-view in general and that I hold firmly to the image of God in every person, recognizing the importance of individuals maintaining their worldview. I am skilled in helping anyone dealing with abandonment, neglect, abuse, trauma, anger, forgiveness issues, fractured self-esteem, infidelity, and marriages in crisis. Additionally, I help clients struggling with a variety of topics such as co-dependency, boundary issues, pornography addiction, depression, anxiety, and stress.
Please feel free to call or email me if you have questions.
What if my spouse or significant other doesn’t want to come to counseling?
Although it might be preferred to have all parties involved, it's not always possible for a variety of reasons. Even when two people come in together with the intent of working through their shared issues, it's very common to devote individualized time to each person's specific goals.
Where do you conduct therapy?
I primarily do face-to-face counseling at our Country Club Plaza location. I also have the capabilities to offer online counseling with a HIPAA compliant video platform that has shown to be very effective.
What is the frequency of therapy?
Typically 1x week for 90-minute sessions is a starting point and we back off from there.
How much do you charge?
90 min/ $210 preferred so we make the most progress.
50 min $140
Do you take insurance?
No, but I do take some Health Savings Account (HSA) cards.
What is my next step?
Paperwork! Fill out the inquiry form. As soon as I receive this, I will email you with possible dates and times. Once we have determined a day and time that works for all of us, I will send you a calendar invite for our first appointment.