Firstly, I believe that every individual is capable of making long-lasting change in their lives, and I am here to partner with you on this journey. I take a person-centered approach to focus on what is the most impactful for you. I acknowledge that growth and healing is not always linear, and know there are opportunities for growth in more challenging times. I use my empathetic, compassionate, and earnest nature while working with you to provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment where you can feel safe while being vulnerable.
I earned my Bachelors in Social Work in 2017 from Michigan State University, and continued on to receive my Masters in Social Work in 2018 from the University of Michigan. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#6801113592) in the state of Michigan. My therapeutic approach is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This is a philosophy of psychotherapy which looks at the relationship among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and how they may contribute to problems. I additionally take a trauma informed, feminist, and socially conscious approach to aid with understanding how our intersecting identities and privilege shape and inform every aspect of life. I use a variety of techniques in therapy and use what works best for you. My areas of specialized training and expertise include LGBTQ+, survivors of trauma, survivors of gender based violence, depression, and anxiety. I additionally have experience and am willing to write letters of support for individuals seeking Gender Affirming Care (HRT, surgeries, etc.).
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Attachment Issues, Avoidant Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
MI LMSW 6801113592
LGBT friendly, professional, and compassionate. 10/10 would recommend
Written on Apr 27, 2023 after therapy with Ryan for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Ryan was excellent at reaching out to me to lend support and maintaining a window of therapeutic connection, even when I was distant for personal reasons. He asked good questions and offered some crisis support/knowledge. It mattered to know I had him as an outlet for all that was going on in my world at the time, and could call upon him as needed. Thank you Ryan!
Written on Jan 02, 2022 after therapy with Ryan for 1 month