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Most people have the ability to sympathize with the plights of others but few have the ability to be truly empathetic. Empathy requires experience, imagination, understanding, and an honest desire to actually feel what someone else is going through. After 28 years as a counselor in public education, Ruth Compton has refined her empathetic sensibilities to a near science.
Mrs. Compton recounts her tenure as a school counselor: “During my years in the public school system I had the opportunity to interact with people of all ages, cultures, nationalities, and socio-economic backgrounds. Through these experiences I have found that the ability to empathize is one of the most vital elements of being a counselor.”
A native of Spartanburg, SC and a graduate of Dorman High School, Ruth Compton earned her B.A. and M.Ed. from Clemson University. After her years in the public school system as a teacher and school counselor she then returned to school herself earning her LPC credentials from Converse College.
Having led small groups in the areas of conflict management, stress reduction, children of divorce, and peer pressure, Mrs. Compton is well equipped with the tools to empower you to make the necessary changes in your life.
“My goal is to provide you with open communication and trust. I often use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to challenge irrational thinking and start you on the road to meaningful change.” says Mrs. Compton, “I have extensive experience working with families and children in the areas of parenting, co-parenting, blended families, grandparents as parents, and single parenting.”
Mrs. Compton's practice is equipped in client centered play therapy with children beginning at age 4. Training in anger management is also available. Mrs. Compton is currently an independent counselor working with Dr. G. David Heatherly, Ph.D. and two other seasoned therapists at 707 East Main Street in downtown Spartanburg, SC. Her office is comfortable and friendly with ample parking. Mrs. Compton can be reached by phone at 864-316-5910, by e-mail at, or via the contact page on this site.

"Ruth is a very capable professional counselor. I worked closely with her at Middle-Tyger Community Center both as a counselor and in the anger management program. During this time, I found her to be an exceptional communicator with outstanding intelligence and counseling skills. Her unique therapeutic presence and attention to detail promotes healing for a broad base of clientele." 


-Lynn Ford, MMFT, LMFT, CAMS-I

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