Ruth Folchman, PsyD

Ruth Folchman, PsyDMBCT & MBSR Teacher



PsyD, Antioch New England Graduate School, 2004
MA Public Administration, George Washington University, 1987
BA, Sociology & Women’s Studies, West Chester University, 1982
Certified Group Psychotherapist, 2009
Certificate, Trauma Treatment, The Trauma Center @JRI, 2009
Certificate in Integrated Yoga Instruction, Laughing Heart Yoga, 1998

Focus & Interests

Mindfulness & Psychotherapy
Mindfulness & Behavioral Health
Mindfulness & Addictions/Recovery
Community Mental Health & Women
The intersection of secular mindfulness & Buddhist Psychology and teachings


Ruth has a long history of work with a consistent focus on how to support people in creating a meaningful life, with adequate internal and external resources. She discovered Saki Santorelli’s book, Heal Thyself, just before beginning her doctoral training program and it provided the foundation for how she approached her training as a psychologist and thinking about how we can hold so tenderly the relationship between self and other in clinical work… and as a teacher.

Ruth began practicing meditation within the context of a yoga practice in 1994, and has since become a dedicated practitioner of mind-body awareness and meditation. She teaches MBSR, MBCT, and other classes introducing mindfulness and meditation in Western Mass in her private practice, and incorporates these practices and ways of being into her work with individuals in psychotherapy. She has pursued trainings in a range of mind-body clinical protocols, including Somatic Experiencing, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.

Professional Experience

Provides trainings and workshops on mindfulness to schools, residential programs, and clinics in Western MA

Faculty, Carson Center for Adults & Children. Clinical supervision & teaching of Psychology Interns, Westfield, MA          Sept 2014-July 2015

Private Practice, Individual & Group Psychotherapy & classes, Northampton, MA

Jul 2011- Present

Coordinator, START IOP & Group Programs, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Outpatient Behavioral Health. Oct 2009-Oct 2010

Clinician, CDH Outpatient Behavioral Health, Individual & Group Psychotherapy. Oct 2005-Oct 2009

Adjunct Faculty, Westfield State College, Psychology Master’s Program, Fall 2008 thru Fall 2009 (3 semesters)