Ron Schulz is a Licensed Professional Counselor and graduate of Carlow University who welcomes both individual adults and couples seeking to create change in their lives. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Addictions Specialist, Ron uses a Mindfulness-based approach to explore issues related to anxiety and depression, stress and trauma, loss, and grief, sexual/gender identity, sex positivity, and relationships. Ron is also trained EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and uses this healing approach when appropriate as well.
Ron values lifelong learning and, as an encore career Therapist who, after spending 30 years working as a full-time musician, teaching, and providing music ministry services, set out on a path in 2010 to pursue his passion: to study psychology with a goal of becoming a licensed mental health practitioner.
Ron’s experience in the field of mental health includes working in crisis-oriented milieu such as the Mercy Behavioral Crisis Center, Dual Diagnosis specialist on the Community Treatment Team, Partial Hospitalization Therapist, Individual Outpatient Therapist, mainly with adults in community mental health facilities, as well as private practice agencies in the Pittsburgh area. Ron brings a great deal of personal life experience to his therapeutic perspective. He is the father of three grown adults who understands the unique challenges of being both a child and a parent. Ron is also a grandfather and as an older adult has himself confidently and successfully navigated many of the existential challenges embedded in each of life’s stages, very much like the ones clients typically bring to the therapeutic relationship.
Therapy sessions with Ron integrate both insight-oriented and skills-based approaches. He safely invites clients to be curious about the root cause of their symptoms, gaining new awareness into their emotional and relationship patterns, and assists them with aligning their goals with their core values. At the same time, he focuses on evidence based practical strategies founded on neurobiology and brain function, with an emphasis on somatic practices, to help clients understand the mechanics of their problems, manage them effectively, and ultimately feel and function better in the here and now.
Ron’s Therapy Philosophy
Sigmund Freud, often referred to the founder of modern psychology, suggests the purpose of therapy is “to make the unconscious, conscious”, and as such, in the therapeutic relationship, Ron places strong emphasis on listening, identifying the problem, while engaging in collaborative efforts to find solutions to some of life’s major issues.
How to Get Started
Ron provides in-person therapy in our Pittsburgh location as well as online therapy. If you’re interested in therapy with Ron, you can reach us at 412-322-2129 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. Or contact us here.