Who is Ryan?

ryan kemp-pappan

LSCSW (KS), LCSW (OK) LCAC (KS), M.Div

I believe that all of us are able to awaken our truest self. I believe that the path towards our truest self is diverse and fluid. I believe that life is an opportunity to learn, grow, connect, and suffer well.

As your therapist I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Solutions-Focused methods to help you discover your healthiest and happiest versions of yourself. I see myself as your guide, sojourner, co-conspirator, and resourcer as you work to discover and live into your truest self.

Education & Background

I studied Monasticism at the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky and Zen Meditation & Buddhism at the Buddha Mind Monastery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

I earned a Masters of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Divinity at Austin Seminary. My graduate studies included training in comparative religious analysis, pastoral care & counseling, practical theology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, working with diverse populations, and treatment and care of person’s with addictive disease. I completed four years of clinical supervision in Somatic 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 my career as a therapist, I 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. I have been a truck driver, a carney, an actor, a pizza slinger, and SEARS repair man. I earned an undergraduate degree from California State University, Northridge.

Office Hours
Monday: 1200 pm to 0700 pm
Tuesday: 1200 am to 0700 pm
Wednesday: 1200 am to 0700 pm
Thursday: 1000 am to 0300 pm

Physical Location:
2611 SW 17th Street, Suite 106
Topeka, KS 66604


Office Number:
(785) 580-6907