Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

  • Ryan Hansen Ryan Hansen

Ryan Hansen, Ph.D.

Therapuetic Style:

I have an integrative and strengths-based style that is grounded in CBT, but informed by Interpersonal Theories, Mindfulness and Acceptance-based theories, and Solution-Focused Therapy. I put a strong emphasis on helping my clients define their goals for therapy, and helping them build the feelings of agency and the problem-solving skills necessary to meet those goals. I view the therapeutic relationship as the primary vehicle through which any intervention occurs, and I value the intersecting multicultural identities that can influence how we perceive, and are perceived by, others. 

Supervision Style: 

Similar to my therapeutic style, I approach supervision from a developmental and strength-based perspective. I aim to provide a balance of being supportive and challenging, helping my supervisee capitalize on their strengths while attending to their growth edges. I work with them to identify the skills and goals that they wish to focus on during our supervision, and help them explore their own professional identity and theoretical orientation.

Professional Interests:

I enjoy working with a broad range of presenting concerns, including depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders such as social phobia or generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and problematic internet use. I also have a strong interest in developing and incorporating digital interventions.

Groups and Liaison Roles:

I am currently facilitating the Reset Button group. 

Educational Background:

I completed my bachelor’s degrees in psychology, biology, and zoo science at Friends University. I earned a master’s degree in cognitive psychology from the University of Richmond, and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas. I earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University. My dissertation research is in predicting the risk of depression and anxiety disorders in college students using data from social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. 

Personal Interests:

In my spare time I enjoy computer programming and creating digital art, sci-fi, fantasy, books and games, marital arts, community development, and social justice advocacy. 

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