Professional Bio

Ruth L. Schwartz

is a lifelong explorer of consciousness, creativity and healing. She holds a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology, is a Board-certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and has extensive training in shamanism, energy medicine, Inner Relationship Focusing, and other transformational tools.

From these sources, Ruth developed her own healing modality, HeartMind Integration, and has had a private healing practice since 2003. She mentors, teaches, and offers coaching and healing sessions worldwide.

Ruth also holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and has published seven books. Her most recent book, Soul on Earth: A Guide to Living & Loving Your Human life, could be described as a 350+ instruction manual for your real life - the one you always wished you'd been issued at birth!

Ruth is also the author of five books of poems, four of which won national awards, and a memoir, Death in Reverse: A Love Story, which documents the year Ruth donated her right kidney to her partner.

Ruth has taught Creative Writing at numerous colleges and universities, including Mills College, California State University-Fresno, Cleveland State University, Goddard College and elsewhere. Currently she teaches in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Ashland University. Her previous work experience includes eight years as an AIDS and cancer educator and international consulting work in the Caribbean and Africa. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Ruth is not a state-licensed psychotherapist or psychologist. Instead, her credentials and training include:

  • Board-certified clinical hypnotherapist (Professional Board of Hypnotherapy) since 2003.
  • Completed 3+ years of intensive study with the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, including courses in Applied Shamanism, Advanced Applied Shamanism, Depth Hypnosis, Energy Medicine, Reiki, and Huna. (2003-2006)
  • Completed courses I-IV in Inner Relationship Focusing (1997-2000).
  • Earned a B.A. in Women's Studies and Creative Writing from Wesleyan University (1983), an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan (1985), and a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology from the University for Integrative Learning (2005).