Autobiographical Sketch of
My Life Experiences
by Dianne Ruth, CCH, PhD
"I am dedicated to helping you discover a sense of
accomplishment, self-discovery, and personal excellence.
To accomplish this, I use creativity, innovation, awareness, empathy,
and the rich resources I have gathered over many years of a wide variety
of life experiences and education.
I was born and raised in Michigan. The date
of my birth was April 28. (For those of you who are curious, that
makes me a Taurus with moon in Virgo, and rising in Cancer.) While
still quite young, at age four, I was adopted by a well-to-do couple. I
grew up outside a small resort town called Lake Orion. It was about 40
miles north of Detroit.
I was brought up as an only child. Surrounded
by private lakes and wild game preserves, I evolved self-reliance and a
sensitivity to my environment. My foremost companions were my horses,
dogs, cats, and other small creatures.
Often alone, my warm weather activities frequently consisted of wildlife
and nature studies, exploring the countryside, wilderness camping, and
water sports. Winter offered opportunities for roller skating at the
local rink, ice skating, tobogganing, sledding, plus time for avid reading and
hours spent drawing. Despite shyness and a secluded childhood, I
developed a sincere interest in people.
As a young adult...
I was young, in my mid-teens when I left home to establish my
independence. Because my business skills and work experience
were limited at that age, I supported myself with a variety of
odd jobs over the next few years.
Some of my work experiences during that time consisted of
mothers’ helper, housekeeper, stable hand, table server, carhop, short-order cook, auto paint masker, and working in a bakery. Additionally, I
worked as a retail salesclerk, phone solicitor, receptionist,
elevator operator, and general office clerk.
Fieldwork consisted of selling institutional janitorial
supplies, art courses, residential remodeling, and printing. My
employment history later included training in career counseling.
Wanting better opportunities in the job market, I taught myself
I continued to refine my creativity and working skills until,
over nearly a 20-year period, I made my mark in the graphic
communications industry as an artist and art director, journeyman
typographer, cameraman, film stripper, and plate maker.
In addition, I became
highly knowledgeable in publishing, business sales promotion,
marketing, merchandising, advertising, public relations, and
publicity. Additional skills I developed included jewelry design,
casting, fabrication, and jewelry appraisals.
Much of my earlier work experience took place
in several different cities and states over about a ten-year period. I
started in the Detroit area, then after a couple of years moved to the
east, which included living for a while in Philadelphia and New York City.
happy wandering days...
Tiring of the "asphalt jungle,"--this
was back during the late 1950s and early 1960s, I relocated to
Indianapolis, than Gary and finally moved to Chicago.
Later, I wound up back in Detroit for a
couple of years, before deciding to go west. First, I spent a brief time
in Fort Worth/Dallas area then I moved to Phoenix. Not being able to find
work there, I migrated on up to Denver.
In 1971 I made my way to the Los Angeles area for better work
Other activities during my Los Angeles stay involved appointments and elections to
governing posts in several nationally recognized business,
professional, and community organizations.
I also joined the
American Red Cross, Los Angeles, as a volunteer. I earned
certification in twenty-four courses in Safety Services and Disaster
Preparedness, and several in Instructor's Training.
In the early to mid-‘70s, I received
extensive supervision and hands-on experience in crisis counseling and
casework for disaster victims. This work extended up through the early
1990s. This was the beginning of my holistic counseling career.
Returning to college...
During this time, I, became certified as an
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-1A).
I worked with paramedic teams
and in hospital emergency rooms weekends.
This interest led to professional training and licensing in a medical model of massage therapy.
The result was an eight-year interim career with a thriving private
This included making house calls to movie
stars, celebrities and the "rich and famous." My beat included Beverly
Hills, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, elite areas of the San
Fernando Valley, and throughout the Hollywood Hills.
While engaging in work related to the
physical and mental health care field, I attended college full-time. My initial academic goal and training involved pre-med with a view toward
becoming a chiropractic physician. Later, however, I selected a more
comprehensive program, and proceeded to earn my Doctor of Philosophy in
Clinical and Counseling Psychology degree.
move back to Denver...
In 1994, after 23 years in California, I
decided to return to the Denver metro area. This decision was two-fold.
First, I had just survived the 1994
Northridge Earthquake. My home was damaged and my practice was virtually
wiped out--most of my clients hailed from the Northridge area and had
lost their homes and/or the buildings where they worked had collapsed.
Therefore, they were forced to move elsewhere.
Second, my decision to return to Denver was
made to fulfill my progressive visions of establishing and building the
following organizations, professional practices, and businesses.
The Healing Tree,
Short-Term Holistic Counseling Practice,
An Anxiety Care Coaching Business,
Clinic™, How to Reconnect With Your Divine Birthright and Have Balance
and Abundance in Mind and Body Health, Wealth, Prosperity and
More recently, I enrolled in, and graduated from
the Institute for Life Coach Training in 2000. I had been told that
"therapists make the best coaches." My goal was to learn how to use
some of the powerful communication techniques I had already mastered and
add a solid knowledge base of training in leading edge coaching skills.
I devote most of my time to my clients,
building my business, writing, and learning my computer so I can work on
my websites. In addition, I am continuing my education.
Currently, I maintain a small select private
Anxiety Care Coaching & Alternative Counseling practice by phone under Dynamic
which is a subsidiary of the
The Healing Tree.
To view the difference between
Life Coaching vs Psychotherapy, click on this link.
Coming home to Southern California . . .
Now, I have returned to the west coast where
my heart resonates with the surf, and to be closer to my family. :o)
In my spare time, I love exploring the
and countryside and all kinds of travel. I have maintained my passion for
reading. My interests range from metaphysics, historical fiction, science
fantasy, and educational books.
digital photography, going to funky
restaurants with gourmet food, coffee houses with live music, playing
Scrabble, social events, networking, and doing volunteer work, and handgun
target shooting, are other
pastimes I really enjoy.
These earlier life experiences, along with
lots of education and training, have served as valuable assets. They
have helped me to more successfully understand and respond to your
As a result, I am dedicated to helping you effectively balance your energies. My aim is for you to unlock
your own personal power and excellence, and to discover your strengths,
passions, life purpose, and dreams in life.
We honor your race, religion, culture, and
way of life. We welcome adults in consensual, sane and safe, alternative
sexual and other lifestyles.
designated contact and principal office responsible for this website,
is Dianne Ruth, CCH, PhD (619) 961-7500
The Healing Tree
Panic & PTSD Hypnotherapy Center San Diego
1761 Hotel Circle South, Suite 356
San Diego, CA 92108 USA
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