Ruth Yeo-Peterman, LMHC
Vice President, Program Development and Training
Ruth Yeo-Peterman was born in Singapore and raised in South Africa. As a mental health therapist trained in expressive arts therapies, Ruth loves the performing arts and believes in the power of the arts in all forms - for expression and reflection, inspiring hope and healing, building connection, and creating possibilities for growth and change. Over the past 15 years, Ruth has been responsible for projects in a wide variety of fields and in various capacities; these include youth development, diversion and rehabilitation, reintegration and restorative justice, inter-generational programming, prevention and psychoeducation, hospice and assisted living communities, people living with disabilities, street children, and incarcerated youth. Ruth moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2009, and worked as a community based mental health clinician with immigrant and refugee families. She also piloted a dating violence prevention program with middle and high school youth in the Seattle area. Ruth is the regional trainer for the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute based out of Canada, is a community arts consultant with Silver Kite Community Arts Consulting, and performs as a playback theater artist in the Pacific Northwest. Ruth holds a BA in Communication Science from University of South Africa and an MA in Expressive Arts Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University.