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Ryan Hawks, LCMHC

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Family conflicts Self esteem Depression
Video Phone Live Chat Messaging

About me

I started my career as a Recreation Therapist in Utah challenging individuals to do things they were scared to do but would ultimately help them grow. I took clients rock-climbing, rappelling, swimming, and canoeing, and watched them stretch themselves through each experience. I built on those aspects in my career by returning to school and getting a degree in Mental Health Counseling. That has expanded my opportunities immensely, and I've continued to use experiential activities to challenge individuals to grow. I'm a big believer in challenging you to take what we talk about, and find ways to look at life differently by giving yourself meaningful experiences.

The majority of my 10 years in the mental health field has been with young adults with autism and Aspergers, which has given me deep experience in teaching relationship skills. More particularly, in my 5 years as a counselor, I've worked closely with individuals dealing with pornography and sex addiction, and have also had experience working with trauma, and mood disorders. The biggest lessons I have learned have come from my role as a father of four, and being married to my wife for over a decade. I'm a big believer in a client-centered approach, which means the client has the answers, they just need someone to help them look at their challenges with a different perspective. I am a visual learner, and use this approach in counseling however I can.

While the online format doesn't allow me to stretch you through rappelling or rock-climbing, I will find ways to help you overcome the challenges keeping you from your potential. I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

10yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, ADHD, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Communication Problems, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Guilt and Shame, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Social Anxiety and Phobia

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

License information

UT LCMHC 7587387-6004


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Ryan Hawks. 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.

Ryan is one of the best therapists I’ve ever had! I feel really lucky to be able to chat with with him. I can’t quite describe what he does that is so good or different but it just is.

Written on Jul 29, 2022 after therapy with Ryan for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and coaching

Really caring and wants you to succeed in every way!

Written on Feb 10, 2022 after therapy with Ryan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Ryan is empathetic, nonjudgmental, and encouraging, which is why he quickly earned my trust. I’ve appreciated his wise and intuitive guidance.

Written on Feb 01, 2022 after therapy with Ryan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I came back to better help just to continue to see Ryan.

Written on Jan 19, 2022 after therapy with Ryan for 2 years and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Ryan is a very skilled practitioner. He listens and responds even when presented with very difficult problems and circumstances.

Written on Mar 30, 2021 after therapy with Ryan for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Ryan has helped me work through so many emotional issues! I find it very easy to talk to him. He has been such a great support for many emotional topics. He helps guide my self talks to a more positive talk! Thank you.

Written on Jan 28, 2021 after therapy with Ryan for 3 months on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coaching