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Dr. Ryan Knutson, LPC

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Trauma, Abuse Anger management Depression
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About me

Thanks for taking a moment to read about me. I am licensed in Wisconsin with 9 years of professional work experience. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology, a master's degree in mental health counseling, and a doctorate in counselor education and supervision. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC), and Independent Clinical Supervisor (ICS). I've worked in a variety of clinical settings including correctional, outpatient, group homes, and recently volunteered as a counselor at the Salvation Army. Besides being a licensed counselor for 8 years, I have been a supervisor for over 6 years, and an adjunct instructor for a graduate counseling program since 2020.

My theoretical foundation consists of cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered, motivational interviewing, and strength-based approaches. However, I utilize what is the best fit for the individual and enjoy making adjustments to meet different individual needs. I believe 'good' therapy shouldn't feel like therapy and should feel more like a helpful conversation.

I've had an interesting life that led me to be a counselor. These experiences provide me motivation to help others and a dedication to the counseling profession. I absolutely love helping people and would be honored to provide any support to those in need.

Professional experience

9yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Trauma, Abuse Anger management Depression

Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Body image, Caregiver issues and stress, Chronic pain illness and disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication problems, Control issues, Divorce and separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Life purpose, Men's issues, Mood disorders , Post-traumatic stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Workplace issues

Services offered


License information

WI LPC 6612-125


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

The best therapist I've ever had. Down to earth, straight forward, and full of insight. He cares and it shows. I have a history of jumping between mental health providers and have struggled to find the right fit. I plan to stick with Dr. Knutson. He is the first therapist in a long time I feel comfortable opening up to with complete honesty. I look forward to our appointments each week.

Written on May 22, 2024 after therapy with Ryan for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

From the first 5 minutes of the very first session, I knew that better help made a great choice in recommending Doctor Knutson. He is very good at letting me speak, and then analyzing and helping me to attack the situation in the right manner. Or maybe focus on the situation at hand, rather than attack it.
He is respectful and mindful. I think hes helping me to save everything about my life, my marriage, and myself. Having the ability to message him, whenever I need, and I know I'll get a response is something that money cannot buy.

Written on Oct 05, 2023 after therapy with Ryan for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Dr Ryan was precise and to the point really helped me see myself quickly and I also had a very emotional experience whenever he listened to me, very effective… I would most definitely talk to him again thanks

Written on May 11, 2023 after therapy with Ryan for 2 months on issues concerning anger management

Fantastic, digs deep, honest and upfront but challenges you in a way to allow for personal growth.

Written on Mar 10, 2023 after therapy with Ryan for 3 weeks on issues concerning intimacy-related issues, and adhd

Dr Knutson is a great therapist, knowledgeable, personable, and overall a good person. I would recommend giving him a try.

Written on Jan 20, 2023 after therapy with Ryan for 1 week on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Great therepist

Written on Dec 21, 2022 after therapy with Ryan for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem