Our Mission:

The counseling mission at St. Mary’s is to facilitate healing growth, and wholeness.  Our staff are trained and experienced mental health professionals dedicated to providing counseling and psychotherapy within a context of Christian values, respect and empathy.

Counseling Staff

Mary Ellen Ruff, LPC, ATR-BC  (703) 303-4983 is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Graduate Art Therapy Program.  She has worked for the past 16 years with children, adolescents and adults, at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, Inova Kellar Center and the City of Alexandria Family Drug Treatment Court. Currently, Ms. Ruff is a Senior Therapist in the City of Alexandria working in the Center for Children and Families, serving adolescents and families with substance abuse and mental health difficulties. She uses a combination of art therapy and counseling to address issues such as depression, social skills, anxiety, substance abuse, and trauma.

We are available to help with:

  • Depression and loneliness
  • Marital distress
  • Life transitions Anxiety and stress
  • Family relations
  • Personal growth and life goals
  • Anger
  • Parent/child difficulties
  • Interpersonal problems
  • Abuse
  • Separation and divorce
  • Low self-esteem
  • Addictions
  • Domestic violence
  • Career counseling
  • Grief and loss
  • ACOA/ACDF
  • Personal work problems
  • Trauma
  • Peer relationships
  • Leadership development