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1247 7th Street Suite 200

Santa Monica, CA 90401



📞 (310)-893-1978 Ext. 700

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Dr. Ruan is the Founder and Director of Thrive Psychology Group. Her passion is helping women live life to the fullest. She is an expert in women's mental health including trauma recovery (sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, emotional abuse, workplace harassment, developmental trauma, traumatic pregnancy & birth experience, divorce and break-ups, and grief), career assessment/counseling, founders and entrepreneurs, infertility, pregnancy, motherhood, work/life balance, financial empowerment, sleep, self-care, stress management and reduction, optimal performance, overcoming shame, self-esteem, boundary development, and personal growth and development.

Dr. Ruan empowers her clients with the knowledge, tools and courage to overcome life's toughest challenges. Her clients appreciate her blend of knowledge, empathy, and humor and her down-to-earth approach to therapy. She creates a safe empowering space where clients can heal, learn to love and accept themselves, and reconnect with their authentic selves, their intuition and their voice.

She has three advanced degrees:

  • Masters in Counseling Psychology from New York University.

  • Masters in Clinical Psychology from DePaul University.

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from DePaul University.

She has advanced training in meditation & mindfulness-based treatmentsEMDRCBT for Insomnia, Attachment Focused EMDR, neuropsychology, postpartum depression, trauma, anxiety, biofeedback, entrepreneurship, and career assessment/counseling.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Ruan researches, publishes and presents on topics related to mindfulness, self-care, religion & spirituality, prevention of vicarious trauma, minority safe spaces, empowerment for women, women entrepreneurship, and the impact of maternal trauma on children. 

Dr. Ruan has held positions at some of the leading institutions in the field of psychology including the American Institute for Psychoanalysis in New York City and The Adult Neuropsychology Program in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago. 

She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of California (PSY29504) and an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA) & Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA)

Recent Media Appearances by Dr. Ruan

Just for fun….Guest Appearance with Kevin Hart & Marlon Wayans Jr. on “What The Fit”

Dr. Ruan helped me navigate life from “what do I want to do when (and if) I ever grow up” to facing the prospect of life as a single mom on the heels of that big executive promotion. She is warm, smart and insightful, never judgmental. I’m so grateful for her investment in my growth. If you are a working woman (or anyone juggling life’s competing priorities), she’s a powerful tool in your arsenal.
— -Lin W. Vice President at Fortune 500 Company, Former Client