You deserve happiness.
You have felt pressure your whole life.
Maybe it was pressure from your family: pressure to succeed, a parent’s expectations to live up to, a family culture where you never felt good enough, or pressure to be someone you were not.
Or maybe you have put pressure on yourself: to make others happy (often sacrificing your own happiness), to never let others down, to always excel and achieve, or to not take up too much space in the world.
You’re exhausted and you wish you could just turn off the noise in your head: the self-criticism, the worry, or the feelings of uncertainty.
You want to feel free to live life on your terms and to just be who you are without shame, anxiety, or guilt.
Hello, I’m Ryan. It’s nice to meet you.
When most people decide to reach out to me, they are feeling burned-out, resentful, angry with themselves, or depressed because they have been exhausting themselves for so long trying to take care of others’ needs before their own. So, if you feel this way right now, you are not alone. The good news is that change is very possible.
What I do
You have probably been stuck in some very familiar patterns for much of your life: patterns of thinking and behavior, as well as beliefs you have about your self-worth and what is possible for your life. I believe my job as your therapist is to help you gain awareness and understanding of these patterns and to help you change what isn’t working. My goal is to empower you with the tools to feel better about who you are – more confident, assertive, and self-directed – so you can live the kind of life you want to live.
What therapy with me is like
Therapy with me is a safe space to be yourself: you are safe to say what you want, safe to feel whatever you feel, safe to explore who you are, and safe to figure out who you want to become. There is no right or wrong thing for you to say and there is no topic too big or too small for us to explore together. I will really listen to you, and we will work together to get you to where you want to go.
During our work together, I will support and encourage you to be more present with your emotions (you may cry but I think you may laugh at times also) to understand how you think, and to grow in awareness and acceptance of yourself. When you leave therapy, you will likely have a changed perspective, more self-acceptance and self-compassion, and better tools to handle whatever life throws at you.
During our work together, we will have insightful conversations and explore what you have been through from a place of compassion and acceptance.
You may cry sometimes, and you may laugh at times also.
In the end, you will have a new perspective, and a better relationship with yourself.
Am I the right therapist for you? Let’s have a conversation. The initial 30-minute consultation doesn’t cost anything, and it gives us a chance to get to know one another before deciding if I am the right person to help you.
Click the button below, call me, or email me anytime. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
*After booking a consultation, you will receive an email with additonal information.
Please feel free to contact me via phone or email. I’m here to help.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are your fees?
Fee information is available upon request.
What happens during the free consultation?
During the free consultation, we will talk about what is happening in your life and what you would like to work on in therapy. The purpose of this video consultation is to determine if you and I are a good match to work together. The video consultation usually lasts about 30 minutes. When you book a consultation, you will receive an email from me with a link to my secure client portal where there are some forms to complete and sign before we get started.
Do you accept Medicaid?
No. I do not accept and cannot work with individuals who have Medicaid.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not currently work with any insurance companies. I can accept Health Savings Account cards as a form of payment if you have this option, however. I can also provide you with a “superbill” which you may submit for potential insurance reimbursement. There is no guarantee that you will be reimbursed.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
I have a 48-hour notice requirement for all cancellations. Otherwise, the full fee is charged for the appointment.
Where can I find information about getting a good faith estimate?
Starting on January 1, 2022, federal laws regulating client care have been updated to include the “No Surprises” Act which requires health care providers to provide current and potential clients a “Good Faith Estimate” (GFE) of the cost of treatment. This is intended to provide you with transparency about your expected medical expenses and to protect you from surprises when you receive medical bills.
To ensure no “surprise billing”, my fees for counseling are transparent and listed on your new client paperwork, and always discussed and mutually agreed to before counseling services begin.
Because every client’s journey in therapy is different, it is challenging to estimate in advance the length of treatment. Some clients come to therapy for just a few sessions while others find it beneficial to attend therapy for months or years. Therefore, the Good Faith Estimate is just an estimate based on an assumed treatment period. You may choose to come to therapy more or less frequently or for a shorter or longer duration. You are always in charge of how often you attend sessions and you have the right to end treatment at any time.
During the initial video consultation, I will verbally provide you with a Good Faith Estimate (GFE). This estimate also will be available to you in writing and you can access it through the Simple Practice portal. If you are a current client, I will be providing you with a GFE as well.
Good Faith Estimate Notice
• You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.
• You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.
• Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.
• If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.
• Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.
Ryan’s approach as a therapist starts with a foundation of empathy and respect as well as an emphasis on collaboration with his clients to help them reach their goals. His approach draws from multiple therapeutic perspectives such as Person-centered Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He is also trained in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), an evidence-based cognitive therapy supported by many decades of research.
Ryan spent over 15 years in the corporate world in the finance, banking, technology, and international business fields before becoming a counselor, so he understands the challenges professionals face in work and in life. He has earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver where he graduated with honors. He has also earned advanced post-graduate certification in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City and is the only therapist in Colorado to have received such training. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado.