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Ruth Hillo is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Agnes Scott College, where she also received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Public Health. Her desire to become a counselor has been shaped not only by her academic experience but also by her upbringing as an immigrant and first-generation American. Becoming aware of the mental health stigma and barriers within diverse communities, she recognized the need for improved access and awareness.

Believing firmly in the importance of early intervention, Ruth sees childhood as the foundation for mental wellness. Her clinical interests include issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, identity, and perfectionism. Ruth’s ultimate goal is to empower young individuals of diverse backgrounds to embrace their unique experiences and cultures, fostering a sense of identity and self-esteem in a nurturing environment rooted in a humanistic approach. She envisions a safe space where individuals feel free to express themselves, find courage in vulnerability, and receive guidance with warmth and support.

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Ruth Hillo

Graduate Intern

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