Nicole Ruzek



Nicole Ruzek

For the past 10 years Dr. Ruzek has provided psychological care for emerging adults at universities in California and Virginia. She joined UVa’s Student Health Services (SHS) in August 2012 and is currently a Staff Psychologist and Group Services Coordinator for the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) division of SHS. Dr. Ruzek received her PhD from Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) in 2004. Through this program she was exposed to the ways in which multiple contemplative practices (e.g., Hinduism, Christian mysticism, Buddhism, and Kabbalah) can be integrated into modern scientific understandings of psychology. Dr. Ruzek incorporates principles from various traditions into her clinical practice with individuals and groups. She enjoys teaching mindfulness as a tool for her patients to more skillfully relate to their minds and bodies as well as to shift from more egocentric perspectives to identities based on self-in-relation-to-others. She also uses lovingkindness practice to improve students’ interpersonal functioning and foster responsible stewardship of one’s community and environment.  Dr. Ruzek has provided workshops and trainings to other health professionals in how to best use mindfulness with the college population. She also received post-graduate training in mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and currently provides an 8-week Mindfulness Group at CAPS based on MBCT principles. She also supervises an Interpersonal Process and Mindfulness group at CAPS.