Hey there! I'm Ryan.
I provide individual therapy services through Telos Counseling as a pre-licensed professional in partnership with Aslan Institute in Eagan, MN. In my practice, I integrate person-centered therapy and existential therapy to help teens and young adults tackle anxiety, depression, stress, and challenges with sense-of-self and life transitions. As a pre-licensed professional, I work under the supervision of Lyndall Johnson, MA, LP while I pursue my independent Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) credentials in Minnesota.
My Clinical Background
I received my master’s degree in counseling & psychological services from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. As an additional way to gain experience while attending my graduate program, I worked part-time as a mental health associate at a local hospital. At the hospital, I alternated shifts between the inpatient psychiatric units and the mental health emergency department. In this role, I helped children, teens, and adults stabilize from mental health crises and learn strategies to manage their mental health after discharge.
Since graduating from Saint Mary’s, I’ve worked as an in-home and outpatient clinical trainee at a community mental health agency in Minnesota. Through this agency, I’ve primarily provided Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) to children, teens, and families. My practice at Telos Counseling is now aimed at providing individual therapy services to those in high school, college, or graduate school seeking help with anxiety, depression, and life transition challenges.
My Personal Background
Therapy should be about you. Research also suggests the most effective aspect of therapy is the relationship. That's why I feel it's important for you to know a little bit about me.
I'm more of a night owl than an early bird; however, I'm more motivated in the morning than at night. It's quite the predicament!
I'm more of an introvert than an extrovert. My favorite social events include more meaningful conversations with a smaller group of people I know well.
I'm terrified of being exposed at great heights, but was able to enjoy going skydiving! Probably never again though...
In my free time I love to play video games (PC only!), visit local breweries with my wife and two dogs, and play D&D with friends as often as we can (speaking of D&D, check this out!).
This photo demonstrates a Covid-19 hairstyle, the look Maisy has when she sees a squirrel, and the reaction Luna has to any sign of physical affection (is dog therapy a thing...?):
Why I Became A Therapist
You know... there was a time when I thought, "I could never be a therapist! How can someone do that?"
That thought led me to work as a market research analyst after getting my psychology degree, which ended up not being a great fit. The long hours, hyper-productivity, and focus on profits led me to feel like my life had no meaning or purpose outside helping others make more money, which caused a significant decline in my mental health.
I escaped to work as a salesperson at a bike shop, despite feeling a general sense of fear toward talking at length to strangers. I quickly learned that I not only loved talking to people about something that I enjoyed, I also loved being able to help them achieve their goals, whether it be for fitness, sport, or pure joy.
In those moments I felt everything come together: my background in psychology, getting to meet and talk with others, and being able to help them achieve their goals -- they all led me on the path of becoming a therapist.
It's certainly been a long and winding path! But it's that very path that makes this career so meaningful, and such a privilege to partake in.