As your therapist Ryan uses Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Solutions-Focused methods to help you discover your healthiest and happiest self. He sees himself as your guide, sojourner, co-conspirator, and resourcer as you work to discover and live into your truest self.
He works with individuals as he offers traditional therapy, non-religious spiritual direction, meditation instruction, and life coaching. He has experience working with incarcerated populations, active duty military & their families, veterans, community mental health, bereavement, addiction & recovery, men’s issues, and remediating executive and professional assets.
If you are a someone who struggles with addiction, wants to experience more emotional well-being, wants different than they have, wants to awaken their healthiest & happiest self, wants to discover more peace, or has experienced trauma, than Ryan may be the therapist that you are looking for.
Ryan studied Monasticism at the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky and Zen Meditation, Buddhism, and mindfulness at the Buddha Mind Monastery, Oklahoma, the Kansas Zen Center and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, California. Ryan studies yoga at Lava Yoga, Kansas. Ryan is a Reiki (level 01).
Ryan earned a Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Divinity at Austin Seminary. His graduate studies included training in comparative religious analysis, pastoral care & counseling, practical theology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness. Upon completion of graduate school he began working with diverse populations, from treatment and care of person’s with addictive disease to reclamation of executive assets to incarcerated people to men struggling with childhood trauma to people seeking to live lives full of peace. He completed four years of clinical supervision in Somatic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)—a psychotherapy grounded in mindfulness and contemplative meditative practices oriented towards addressing the client’s acceptance and validation of self.
Prior to beginning his career as a therapist, he worked for more than 15 years in various Christian ministry roles, from youth pastor to global missionary to parish pastor to bouncer at a bar. He has been a truck driver, a carney, an actor, a pizza slinger, and a SEARS repair man. He earned an undergraduate degree in Comparative Religious Studies from California State University, Northridge.
Ryan is an indigenous licensed clinical social worker (KS 4901), a licensed clinical addiction counselor (KS 682), a non-religious spiritual director, a mindfulness teacher, a reiki student, a half-assed yogi, and an old school punker. He is currently seeking certification as a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher through Mindfulness Exercises, an International Mindfulness & Meditation Alliance (IMMA) accredited program.
Ryan believes that all of us are able to awaken to our truest self. He believes that the path towards our truest self is diverse and fluid. He believes that life is an opportunity to learn, grow, connect, and suffer well.
2611 SW 17th Street, Suite 110
Topeka, KS 66604