I am a licensed professional counselor in Texas and have years of experience working with a variety mental health issues and ages. I have specialized in working with the LGBTQ population, with anything from helping people through the process of figuring out their identity to relationship counseling to coping with any oppression they might face. I began my career working with individuals with anger management needs and currently have an extensive amount of experience with families and helping parents through any issues they might be facing.
I have knowledge and practice of many prominent counseling theories, and will adapt my counseling approach to your needs and goals. I tend to implement a solution-focused approach in order to not only hone in on what your goals are, but also to get you to those goals as quickly as possible. I enjoy using cognitive-behavioral techniques to confront anything that is standing in the way of your goals and to promote positive thinking.
I am a kind-hearted and a very open-minded counselor, and am proud to be accepting of all walks of life. I am able to incorporate religion-based counseling, but am also open to individuals that are anti-religious. I am eager to help you achieve your goals and would love to hear what concerns you have. Looking for help is a monumental step towards change and I hope that I can work beside you through the next steps!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Parenting issues
Addictions , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Dependent Personality , Divorce and Separation , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Emptiness , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Forgiveness , Gender Dysphoria , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Infidelity , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Men's Issues , Midlife Crisis , Money and Financial Issues , Narcissism , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Phobias , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Self-Love , Sex Addiction , Sexual Dysfunction , Sexuality , Smoking/Vaping Cessation , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Trichotillomania , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LPC #67833 (Expires: 2023-02-28)
Ryan is AMAZING!! We have gone through six different counselors before finding our perfect fit. He is SO GOOD that we actually thought we didn't need counseling anymore... we were wrong!! we now know that when he helps us get to a "happy places", we can work on other things, but a dedicated time and space with a licensed professional counselor helps us navigate our BUSY lives and solve our problems without having to let it build and EXPLODE before we work on them. Ryan has been a gift to our marriage and our family. I highly recommended him.
We’re still pretty early in my working with Ryan but it’s been great experience so far. I have felt very comfortable talking to Ryan, he’s very attentive and he also asks questions that give me a different perspective. I’m really looking forward to continuing to work with Ryan and would highly recommend him.
My time with Ryan has been extremely beneficial for my mental health. He encourages me to look outside the box without me feeling pressured. He understands me and has been a huge help!
Thank you so much Ryan for all the good work you do, and all the help you provide!
Ryan is very understanding and challenging - in a good way. He sees where my thoughts are taking me and asks questions to make me think about what my initial response is (currently a negative mindset) and then to try to come up with alternative thought patterns (to encourage a positive mindset). Ryan provides a daily "deep thought" to allow for an engaging conversation related to what we are working through. He's been very helpful and available. And we're only just beginning!
Ryan is amazing. Could not ask for a better person to share my thoughts and deep issues and secrets with. Thank you so much for working with me everyday!
Ryan is the best. Always offers constructive feedback and support.
I have been Ryan for a few weeks now and he has been extremely helpful and understanding. He really tries to listen to you and does not judge you. He offers solutions and activites to help you on your journey. One of the things I like about him, is that he sends “food for thoughts” every week that make you really reflect and at the bottom he always leaves inspirational quotes! :)
I recommend better help to all my friends.
Ryan has been a light in my dark tunnel. Someone who is easy to talk to and has very helpful feedback. I would recommend him to everyone!
Ryan is a very kind person and he really listens to what you need to talk about and gives you helpful suggestions and thoughts to ruminate on.
Ryan truly tries to understand what you are going through
Ryan is a very understanding, kind therapist. He supports me and gives me many coping techniques and good advice. Highly recommend him to all.
Very comfortable to talk to. I remember for my third session I was so nervous to try out the video call and my anxiety was RACING. As soon as we got the call going I could really see the welcoming vibes he offers.
Ryan Smith is a very open minded and kind hearted individual. He really cares about finding the best solution to your problem even if it's not a conventional one, as long as it makes you and your loved ones happiest. It really feels like I have someone in my corner that I can talk to about anything and thats been an enormous help in getting through my many struggles.
Ryan is amazing he truly understands and diagnoses my problems and is very comforting and reassuring by both his persona and experience
Ryan's been incredible! He acknowledges all that I've said and always suggests ways to analyze my negative feelings in order to start getting better. I look forward to working with him more.
Ryan has helped me stay focused on making change in my life (for the better of course). He listens, doesn't judge, and I always end our sessions feeling better than when they start.
Ryan is a patient and thoughtful counselour who will give you the breathing room you need but push you towards productive solutions. I was able to make significant progress with his help.
Ryan is professional and so far understands where I stand. He has also developed solutions for me to move forward which is what I’m looking for.
Ryan came into my life when I was lost, depressed, anxious and stressed. His help was available straight away which is exactly what I needed when the situation felt hopeless, and I could access it from the comfort of my own home. Writing has always been the best way for me to process my thoughts and I think I would have struggled to be truly vulnerable and speak honestly in a doctor's office. When I've had face-to-face counseling previously I have ended up sugar coating my issues as it's felt scary or embarrassing to say them out loud. That defeats the purpose. Online counseling is perfect for me and even though I'm now ready to stop, I am pretty sure I will need it at some point in my life again. Ryan responds back quickly, really listens and is non-judgmental, compassionate and warm. He doesn't do the work for you but rather gives you the best tools possible for you to tackle the issues and ideas to think about. I loved our weekly live sessions and I will miss them greatly - if only they could've been longer! My experience with Ryan has been priceless - I've been feeling like I've always got someone to go to, and offer some perspective and wisdom that friends and family can't always provide. I loved the ability to send a quick (and sometimes long!) message as soon as something was bothering me. Processing these things with Ryan straight away enabled me to nip them in the bud before they developed into a massive worry and a problem. Thank you Ryan, I will always remember you and I hope our paths will cross again.
I have only had one sessions with Ryan, but he was very familiar with my concerns and very attentive to my goals. I appreciate that he is engaged even though we do not see each other in person. I am from a small town, so knowing I do not run the risk of an awkward run in at the grocery store is actually nice. I also work in a medical field, which tends to cross paths from time to time, and that can also get shady in a small place.
He was great! Listens well and really understood what I needed and what I was going through!
Ryan has been wonderful. I look forward to my morning messages from him. He really gives me a "real person" feel rather than a cold, distant relationship that I've experienced in face-to-face counselors. Having multiple options to communicate with Ryan makes me feel that no matter what I'm going through I have an outlet to reach out to. I've recommended Ryan and BetterHelp to multiple friends.
Ryan has been amazing. He helped start me on my journey to better mental health. I appreciate him and everything he has done for me.
My husband and I generally have an amazing relationship ... lately we’ve both stopped going that extra mile though. Been distracted with our child. Ryan helped us get back on track. Get myself back on track to do things I want to do. We’re both thankful to have more tools to better our new family dynamic.
Ryan is a fantastic, understanding and compassionate professional. With his help I have been able to gain clarity in some of the most challenging times in my life so far. His support techniques were brilliant.
Ryan is great listening to my need and leading the way out. Highly recommended.
Ryan has become sort of like a safe place. Whenever I feel like I'm drowning in questions or in feelings, I immediately think "I have to tell Ryan about this" or "I wonder what would Ryan say" or "How did Ryan say I should manage this kind of situation?" When I couldn't reply to his messages for a while, I kept wanting to tell him I'm okay. He's full of understanding, and his scientific approach calms me a lot. My problems are no longer seem like things impossible to resolve, but rather just things that though difficult, are totally possible to fix. And that, in return, made me want to work harder on them. I talk about him to my family and friends as if he's been my friend for a long time. So thank you, Ryan <3
Ryan is an awesome counselor and has helped me a lot in a very short time.
I can’t even explain how much Ryan has helped me change my way of thinking. My everyday life has improved in a big way!
Ryan is really great at listening to my concerns and giving me advice on how to properly manage my anxiety with thought-provoking questions, worksheets and examples from his own life. He helps me see things in a different light which helps my healing process.
Ryan is a very responsive, thorough and helpful therapist. 10/10 would recommend him to other people in need of emotional help and counseling.
Ryan has been the most attentive and proactive counsellor I’ve had in this app. I would recommend him as he is extremely prompt and makes great strides to help me.
In the few sessions I have had with Ryan I am extremely pleased with his support and response to my needs. I feel like I finally found a place where there is flexibility with my schedule and my individual needs are addressed.
What else can I say other than Ryan is the best therapist *I* have ever worked with.
Very easy to talk to and responds in a timely manner.
I think the most important aspect of my therapy, is to be open and honest. I have never felt judged or uncomfortable to reveal any part of myself to Ryan. He has the ability to make me feel like I am no different from anyone around me, I am just dealing with something different. I feel better each session, just having someone in my corner; and I believe that, with all my heart, he’s rooting for me. He’s also open to different therapies and understanding when I just can’t do it. He doesn’t make me feel like a failure, he just encourages me to try, and for that, I am thankful.
Ryan has been a major support in helping me grow and improve. He's very responsive and always listens and takes an interest in my journey.
Ryan Smith is very kind, understanding your needs and he knows to approach to you. He is great and he helps me a lot. If you need help, I recommend you to contact Ryan Smith. He is one of the best in this field. Thank you, Ryan Smith, for everything
Losing someone important nearly crushed me with grief. Over the last year and a half, Ryan has helped me find direction and keep things in perspective. He is a kind and effective counselor and good with issues such as grief and anxiety and depression. I would highly recommend Ryan!
Ryan is great! He is considerate, non-judgmental, helpful, and really works with you to get you to understand and get where you need to be. Highly highly recommended! Thank you.
Ryan helped me to understand my issues and to deal with them with mindfulness. He is attentive and and tries to understand the origin of my issues. I would recommend Ryan anytime.
Ryan has helped me tremendously. He is kind, non judgemental and gives great advice.
Ryan is a very supportive individual, he is calm, caring and thoughtful. He’s helped me personally through a number of issues, I recommend him to anyone that wants a friendly non judgemental individual to provide them with practical solutions to their problems.
Ryan Smith listens to and demonstrates understanding of the issues that are presented to him. He does not appear to be phased by the complexity of some of the situations discussed. He tries as much as possible to remain neutral. I would recommend him as a Therapist.
Ryan is helping me overcome some things I didn't think I was able to - I would highly recommend!
Responsive. Tentative. Understanding. I went through a few other counselors prior to finding Ryan. I can tell you he is leaps and bounds ahead of his peers on this platform and I hope to write a more informative review once I’m further down this road with him.
Ryan is very professional and he helps me focus on my actual issues, making me think about them from a different perspective. I believe he truly listens and understands me, and I am confident I will improve a lot with his help.
I value having Ryan available - his approach is constructive, reassuring and steps forward are achievable and talked through. Just as you are tempted to shut people out, this platform ensures someone readily available to talk to. I’d recommend Ryan without a doubt.
Ryan is great. I’ve really improved since working with him.
Great guy! Super understanding and knowledgable .
Ryan has been helpful so far in my journey to inner healing. He has provided methodical approach to my issues and has been guiding me with variety of resources.
Ryan is knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. Highly recommended!
Ryan is very warm, accepting, and knowledgeable. He helped me use Cognitive Behavioral techniques in a very helpful way, which I have not experienced with most therapists.
Ryan takes the time to listen. He is always there and even if I have been bad at communicating, he has been patient in waiting and encouraging me to talk. I would highly recommend Ryan to anyone who is needing help and I feel very lucky that he is my counselor.
Ryan was extremely helpful in giving quality advice and real tangible objectives in online counseling. I would definitely recommend him for future members.
Thank you and GOD BLESS!!!
Ryan has been a comfort to talk to and has helped me work through some of the communication issues with my partner. He is very responsive and is a comfort for me to open up to and has provided me with tools to help manage my stress.
Ryan is more like a friend with whom you can share anything and get the best advice. I can say that he is doing great with his job. He is really caring and wants to help you. He is WONDERFUL!!
Ryan is great at what he does, he listens and gives constructive criticism. I find him compassionate and very realistic and practical, he also has a great sense of humor. Most of all, I believe he truly cares about me and my journey
Ryan has been kind and supportive, listened to everything I had to say, and gave me helpful resources and tools to deal with what I am going through. I've started to feel a lot better since I started working with him. He's a great therapist!
I haven't had much experience with talking to someone about certain issues before, and Ryan was the first one. He made me feel comfortable right from the start. We have been talking for the past six months and his support has definitely helped me deal with what I was going through. He always replied in a timely manner and made sure to let me know if he wasn’t going to be available for a certain period. He would be there for me if I needed him, but he would also follow up with me in case I hadn’t contacted him in a little while. I really enjoyed my experience here, but I can honestly say that this was 100% due to Ryan.
Mr. Smith has been very helpful in helping me work through some of my marriage issues. He has also offered me many different ways to communicate with him and always responds quickly to my messages. He is great and I appreciate all of his help!
Love this app and the people making it work :)
This is a great system to get help. If you are looking for any kind of help, go ahead and use this service - you won't regret it. Ryan has been supportive and patient, I appreciate every interaction I had with him.
Great at responding and listening.
Ryan Smith has been an excellent counselor for all my needs, which trust me, I have a lot. He has listened when I need someone to listen and gave advice when I needed advice. I would recommend him to friends and family. I can tell he cares about the words he writes and how it effects people.
Ryan Smith has a great knack for digging in a little deeper and asking questions that lead to more positive ideas and tools that I can use in my life. I had always thought I was a positive person and had not realized how negative I had become toward myself and others. Ryan has really helped with a paradigm shift of sorts and I am beginning to look at everyday events in a more positive light.
I don't have much to say except that Ryan has the ability to quickly become a friend than you can confide in... When I speak with him that's what I feel and I don't think of him as just a counselor and though many people may not think that's a good thing, that too me is priceless.
I was assigned Ryan Smith after feeling that I wasn't getting quality support from my previous counselor. I have to admit that I don't utilize him nearly as much as I should, but he has been incredible when I have. I have some pretty bad anxiety issues that stem from my younger years, but he has helped me reframe my thoughts so that this doesn't get the best of me. It's a work in progress, but he's helped me so much more than anyone else has! Also, he checks in on me when I haven't messaged him for a few days. He shows genuine compassion and care for my issues. I'd definitely recommend Ryan to anyone, especially people having issues with anxiety.
Probably my favorite method of therapy and anytime I needed him, he was there. Very respectful of my beliefs.
Ryan is helping me manage my grief after the loss of a close family member. His approach is sound, calm, and constructive. Definitely a great tool for my progress.
Ryan is caring, supportive, and always reaches out. I appreciate having someone so accessible and encouraging. This type of counseling will make a huge difference for my healing.
Ryan is an extremely empathetic listener. He takes everything I say into consideration and asks questions that really makes me try to see things in a different light. Hard times are tough to get through, but it is nice to have someone who is unbiased helping you through the situation. Thanks Ryan!
Ryan Smith is great, I enjoy working with him!
I have been working with Ryan for 6 months and I really like the way we get together. The distance we keep and respect. This all creates a very safe environment and thus makes our counseling very effective. Thanks to Ryan for also keeping track of my progress - I think I would not be able to hold on to a particular topic without him.
Ryan is rad. He listens carefully, is very supportive, helpful, like immediately helpful. He has made me feel stronger and I've only been speaking with him for about two weeks. He also gives me worksheets that are relevant to my issues and help a lot. Would definitely recommend. 10/10
Ryan Smith is a kind and thoughtful man who gets right to the root of the issue. He offers practical advice and promotes actual action that one can take to better themselves. I appreciate his swift response and ability to connect even from far away. I am grateful for all his help!
Very supporting and follows up with me!
Ryan has provided me a much overdue and necessary confidential outlet to bounce my ideas and struggles off of. I was in traditional face to face therapy for 2 years after my divorce, but I feel like I have been offered totally different vantage points I had not before considered with Ryan. I do recommend this service to anyone needing a confidential sound board and have actually already encouraged a friend to join.
Ryan is extremely generous with his time and compassionate. He has boosted my self-esteem and made me feel more valuable.
I am finally in a good zone. I am ok with my loss, it still hurts but I know it can't be any other way. I am not sure yet as to how joyous and bright my future is, but I have hope. And I have Ryan Smith to thank for it. Thank you Ryan for being with me and supporting me when I needed it.
Ryan has been awesome and very supportive. I couldn't have made it through this family situation without him
Ryan has been helping me through some really tough times. He gives me actionable plans to work on, and he always responds quickly. I've been able to change my perspective through a lot of his advice and help, and its helping me so much. Thank you Ryan.
Ryan is knowledgeable and understanding.
I couldn't have moved on without Ryan's help. Thank you!
Insightful, gentle and honest...a tough recipe to balance and yet Ryan is a pro at it!
Ryan's really great and has helped me.
Ryan Smith has a great counselor! He answers my questions in a timely manner, and if I haven't checked in a couple days he'll reach out to me. He seems very knowledgeable and the areas that we talked about and I appreciate his feedback.
I had a positive experience with Ryan. His approach was very adaptable to my situation and he managed to meet my needs. His listening is very objective and understanding.
Effective and compassionate, my issues for the moment are mild enough, but it helps to have an extra pair of ears in addition to the doctor I see in the real world!
Working with Mr. Smith has been a wonderful experience: he taught me simple, effective methods to control my anxiety and he was always available when I needed his help; he never let me down.
It's impressive how quickly I improved thanks to him, and I owe him my most sincere gratitude.
Ryan is very helping. I am glad my stories are not dismissed by him. He finds every detail of my stories and discover the problems that I have never noticed before. It is awesome to have Ryan as my conselor. He is patient even when I show signs of little improvement and I am glad that he keeps track with my condition.
Very responsive! Excellent therapist!
I enjoy communicating with Ryan. He takes the time to give me a well thought response. I would definitely recommend him to others who are dealing with what I been dealing with. Very caring and very good listener too.