Dr. Ryan Thomas is a relational psychologist who believes that compassion, curiosity, and genuine human connection create a rich context for healing and lifelong development. He applies this philosophy to support his psychotherapy work with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples striving to overcome obstacles and find new ways to thrive. Dr. Ryan has years of experience working with a diverse population of people struggling with many different mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, bereavement, and stress-related burnout. Additionally, he frequently works with individuals with a variety of neurodevelopmental and learning differences (e.g., autism, ADD/ADHD, cerebral palsy) to help them understand their individual strengths and growing edges, adapt to various phases of life, and maximize their potential. Through parent coaching and family therapy, Dr. Ryan applies his rich understanding of attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and positive psychology to support parents and families to overcome problematic patterns of conflict and misbehavior, replacing them with resilient patterns of healthy communication, cooperation, and intimacy.
Dr. Ryan completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology. He also holds an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Outside of the therapy room, he has contributed to psychological research in the areas of virtue development, goal pursuit, and the integration of psychology and spirituality. Dr. Ryan is engaged in the local community as a youth mentor and speaks to churches and other community organizations about how to best support and accommodate individuals with special needs. He also trains and mentors Greenhouse’s Floortime specialists in in-home applications of DIR/Floortime developmental play therapy for children with special needs.
Dr. Ryan is licensed as a psychologist (PSY 31026) by the California Board of Psychology. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and California Psychological Association (CPA).
Specializations: Neurodevelomental disorders (autism spectrum, ADHD, learning disabilities, etc.), mood disorders/anxiety, stress/burnout, relationships/attachment issues, grief/bereavement, men's issues, parenting support, relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy
Client focus: Children, adolescents, adults, couples, & families with a variety of backgrounds & identities
Services available: Telehealth, in person | Sliding scale: Yes
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