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Ruth L. Varkovitzky, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Click to find out more about Ruth L. Varkovitzky, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist Ruth L. Varkovitzky, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington since 2013 (License #PY60368488). She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Northern Illinois University and completed her internship at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. She received further postdoctoral training at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She came to the Pacific Northwest in 2013 and has devoted her career to public service, treating Veterans returning from war. Beginning in 2017, she expanded her professional scope, and is now offering her services to all members of her community.


Dr. Varkovitzky takes a primarily cognitive-behavioral approach to psychotherapy. This means that she will work together with her clients to understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and how these factors might interface with life’s ongoing challenges. She is very focused on providing evidence-based care and ensuring that her approach to psychotherapy is informed by science and research.


When meeting new clients, Dr. Varkovitzky begins the process with an in-depth assessment of each person’s individual needs. She then provides specific feedback that is used to shape treatment planning. She values openness and transparency in therapy, ensuring that her clients feel supported in working toward their treatment goals.


She specializes in the treatment of adults who have survived traumatic experiences and are looking for ways to be reengaged in life. She also has done extensive work with adults managing difficulties with sleep, depression, and anxiety.


She has obtained training and certification in a variety of treatments including: Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia.


Dr. Varkovitzky is a member of the Washington State Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association (including, Division 18 [Psychologists in Public Service], Division 19 [Military Psychology], Division 35 [Psychology of Women] and Division 56 [Trauma Psychology]). She is also a member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

She is a preferred provider for Regence and Premera. She has been a provider with the Family Center for Behavioral Health since 2017.


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