Ellen Carruth

Professor, School of Education

Ellen Carruth

Dr. Carruth has spent her career in the helping professions, and she has over 20 years of experience working in human services/community mental health and higher education. Currently, Dr. Carruth is a Professor   and program director for the M.Ed in Counseling Program at The University of Puget Sound. Dr. Carruth is a National Certified Counselor   (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington State. Since finishing her formal education, Dr. Carruth has spent time working in the mental health system in Washington and has used her experiences as a clinician to inform her practice as an instructor and clinical supervisor.


Counseling Experience

Ellen Carruth Counseling Services     Seattle, WA
Provide counseling, supervision, and consultation to individuals and groups.
2017 - present

Sound Mental Health    Seattle, WA
Clinical Case Manager
Case management and counseling for adults with chronic mental illness
2010 - 2011

Sound Mental Health     Seattle, WA
Mental Health Crisis Specialist
Counseling and intensive case management for chronically and persistently mental ill adults and older adults


Course Syllabi

COUN 605: Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice

COUN 610: Cognitive Behavior Theory

COUN 635: Psychopathology

COUN 646: Developmental Counseling

COUN 675: Family Counseling 


Research and Professional Interests
After completing her doctoral studies, she spent a few years working in community mental health. This experience allowed her to understand, firsthand, the barriers that her clients were facing, as well as the barriers faced by early-career mental health professionals. After achieving licensure, she accepted a full-time faculty position in counselor education, and she began a qualitative exploration of the impact of budget cuts on recovery for consumers of community mental health. She worked with a group of graduate students to develop the project, and to conduct initial focus groups with clinicians in community mental health. This experience informed her passion and desire to equip students with the tools of action research so that they could enter the field with skills to question and explore the barriers faced by consumers of community mental health.

Professionally, she is very interested in active engagement in her community. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association and the Northwest Creative and Expressive Arts Institutes. Dr. Carruth maintains a supervision and consultation practice where she works with clinicians that are serving older adults, people with serious mental illness, and other consumers of community mental health.

BS Tennessee Tech University 1995
MM Florida State University 1996
M.ED Tennessee Tech University 2004
Ph.D University of Tennessee 2008
Diagnosis & Treatment COUN 635-A 2224
Family Counseling COUN 675-A 2224
Prof Orient & Ethical Pract COUN 605-A 2228
Cognitive Behavior Therapy COUN 610-A 2228

Contact Information

Howarth 309
email ecarruth@pugetsound.edu