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Prof. Joseph Ryan, LMFT

Addictions Relationships Intimacy Anger management Depression
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About me

Thank you for being here and taking this big step toward your lifelong happiness.

I am Joe Ryan, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been serving people for nearly two decades. If you want someone to walk with you through the forest of life, I am a good companion. Life is filled with challenges, uphill struggles, and crossroads where difficult choices must be made. When your path ahead is perilous and uncertain. we will walk forward together with courage to explore your world. I will listen with empathy and give you my all, so that you can discover where you are now, where you have come from, and where you ultimately wish to go. I believe that at some point down the road, you will find yourself unburdened in a way you never imagined possible. When that beautiful day comes, I will be there to applaud you for all you have done for yourself and for our world.

As for my counseling experience, individuals, couples and families have trusted me with their most difficult challenges for the past two decades. Often people seek out help when they are going through a crisis and working through this challenge is the first order of business. I have worked successfully with people experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, marriage, relationship and parenting issues, grief and loss, domestic abuse, substance and alcohol addiction, OCD, as well as personal growth and adjustment issues. I also have extensive experience with anger management issues, multicultural concerns and personality disorders.

In my work with you, as appropriate I will use the most successful psychological modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Solution-Focused Therapy. I also utilize solution-focused therapy, meaning that in addition to working on solving your personal dilemmas, you will gain insight in how to deal with complex issues in your future.

My Educational Credentials include:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with California Board of Behavioral Sciences since 2003
Four advanced degrees in Psychotherapy, Educational Psychology, Writing and Literature
Extensive training in Self-Psychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Anger Management, Narrative Therapy and Family Systems
University and college professor for 35 years who has been a therapist for many, including students facing academic, career, and life adjustment issues.

I believe in creating a space where we can have difficult conversations, work on resolving issues and collaborate on treatment plans that are tailored to your personal needs and experiences. It takes a lot of courage and motivation to reach out for additional support. I am here for you and thank you for trusting me with your utmost personal dilemmas.

I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

19yrs in practice
Addictions Relationships Intimacy Anger management Depression

Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, ADHD, HIV / AIDS, Jealousy, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Sex Addiction, Sexual Dysfunction

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Gottman Method, Jungian Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered

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License information

CA LMFT 44561


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Prof. Joseph Ryan. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Prof. Ryan is an excellent therapist. He’s incredibly accountable and professional. Has the ability to make you feel safe and heard. I trusted him with ease.

Written on Dec 20, 2022 after therapy with Joseph for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

He’s the man

Written on Nov 26, 2022 after therapy with Joseph for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Prof. Ryan is very professional, a good listener, and asks great questions. I feel cared for and really appreciate him challenging my thoughts and beliefs by sharing his observations and asking me questions to think differently without judgement or telling me what to do. He really cares to help me find my ways of working with the aspects of my life that I want to work on.

Written on Jun 23, 2022 after therapy with Joseph for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue