Meet Our Counselor

Counseling services at St. Matthew will be provided by Ruth Friedman, MFT, LPC, during the 2019-20 school year. Ruth is a member of the Spirit of Peace Clinical Counseling team, which serves couples, families, individuals, and school communities across the greater Columbus area.

Ruth is licensed by the state of Ohio as both a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Prior to her work as a counselor, Ruth spent 10 years at The Ohio State University, where she served as a career and academic advisor, managed undergraduate programs and K-12 outreach initiatives, and facilitated the publication of an academic journal. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from Wellesley College and Northwestern University, respectively. She earned her graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling at the University of Akron.

Services Available

Ruth provides individual counseling for students (usually 30- to 45-minute sessions) in coordination with school staff and students' families.

If your child is struggling with stress or anxiety, sadness or grief, attention deficit or hyperactivity, loneliness, or low self-esteem, individual counseling may be helpful. Children experiencing changes in their families (e.g., the arrival of a new baby, divorce, remarriage, or the loss of a loved one) may also benefit from counseling. Ruth can also provide social and emotional support to children facing academic- and/or peer-related difficulties.

In addition to providing individual counseling, Ruth can offer preventative and skill-building programs for groups of students, their families, and school staff.

Accessing Services

If you are interested in counseling services for your child, please contact Ruth through

  • email at;
  • voicemail message at 614-442-7650, ext. 19; or
  • this paper-based referral form, which your child may give to their teacher or which you can give directly to the front office staff.

Ruth provides counseling services at St. Matthew on Mondays and Thursdays, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

In order to secure ongoing counseling sessions for your child, you will need to complete an Informed Consent document and return it to Ruth via email or through the school office.

You are also welcome to contact Ruth (see contact info above) with questions related to your child, regardless of whether you are interested in counseling services for your child.

Counselor's Mailbox for Students

Students may also request a meeting with the counselor through the "Counselor's Mailbox." This is a locked box located in the school's library. Directions for leaving the counselor a message are attached to the top and sides of the mailbox. Ruth will check her "mail" on Mondays and Thursdays when she is at the school.