My passion is helping adults and couples/relationships navigate the complexities of being human. Everyone has their own unique story, and my goal is to help each client become the director of their own story by empowering them to take charge of their life.
I strive to create an atmosphere of warmth, safety, and curiosity in therapy. My style tends to be friendly, engaged, and active. We will work together to help you make greater sense of your life and improve how you feel.
I integrate a number of different psychological theories and methods into therapy, and my expertise includes psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, family systems, and mindfulness-based modalities. This means I try to balance addressing present-day challenges with identifying and healing the roots of those challenges, which often involve our formative experiences and relationships.
I feel it is important to consider and explore our internal experience of ourselves and others, as well as identify how our thoughts, feelings, and close relationships might interact in our lives and minds to create both difficulties and opportunities.
Appreciation of each person’s unique cultural context is very important to me, and I have experience working with people of many diverse gender identities, sexual orientations, relationship practices, racial/ethnic backgrounds, abilities, and spiritual beliefs.
I provide psychotherapy to residents of California either in-person (post-pandemic) in Pasadena or online via video therapy. Working with kinky and/or polyamorous and consensually non-monogamous people and relationships is one of my therapeutic specialties, as well as areas of my ongoing research work. To learn more about my work and approach, please visit my website at www.RyanWitherspoon.com
I look forward to seeing what we can discover together.