“Who’s Who at Southwestern College”
Southwestern College is really defined by the extraordinary individuals who work there–the staff, instructors, and the board members. In an effort to give you a more intimate sense of our school, we are launching the “Who’s Who at Southwestern College” series so that you will get to know these extraordinary people who change lives.
So here we go! The third person we would like to shine a spotlight on is: Dr. Rich Ryan, he is teaching Psychopathology at Southwestern College
I was born and raised in New York City. After studying English and creative writing at SUNY New Paltz, I attended art school in San Miquel de Allende in Guanajuato Mexico. Upon returning to the States, I settled in Santa Fe where I raised two daughters as a single father while working as a carpenter and building solar adobe homes.
Switching careers in my late thirties after a near death experience, I returned to school with the intention of becoming a Jungian Analyst. Now with over 18 years experience as a psychotherapist, I have developed many tools and skills for working with a broad spectrum of clients. I have worked with preschool age children, adolescents, couples, elders, people suffering from addictions, trauma, anxiety, autism, specific phobias, sexual issues, and depression. I earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and then interned and trained at the Jung Institute of Los Angeles for 8 years where I am a member analyst.
Among my areas of expertise are working with dreams, using active imagination techniques, mindfulness tools, music therapy, and cognitive behavioral techniques. I maintain private practices in Los Angeles, CA and in Santa Fe NM. I teach graduate level psychology classes and supervise interning therapists.
I have presented at conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of parenting, the treatment of children and adolescents, the use of music in therapy, sexuality, sexual abuse, the application of Jung’s ideas to working with children, and mindfulness meditation.
I am an emotionally engaged therapist and strive to create a safe space for the intimate work of transformation. I attune to people without judgment so that painful feelings and stubborn obstacles can turn into opportunities for increased self-acceptance and growth. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Bachelor of Arts, University of New Mexico, 1994
Master of Social Work, New Mexico Highlands Universtity, 1996
PhD in Clinical Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2008
Psychoanalytic Training, Jung Institute of Los Angeles, 2005-2013
Certificate in Neurofeedback, EEG, 2009
News: I am a member of the Santa Fe Jung Institute and the Interregional Society of Jungian Analysts, where I also teach.
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