Serving Adults of All Ages

Jennifer Slingerland Ryan

Specializing in trauma, cancer survivors, sexual issues, depression, anxiety, and other life transitions.

Increased self-awareness, establishment of boundaries and increased trust in yourself and others.

After going through a divorce and breast cancer within a two-year period, I found myself in the middle of a major life transition. I had been teaching yoga and mothering my three children for ten years, and I was ready to expand my horizons. I realized the common threads which gave meaning to my life were relationships and listening to others. Becoming a counselor was an evolution of the gifts I had been honing my whole life.

I think we all have times when a monkey wrench gets thrown into our lives, and we are not quite sure how to handle it. Sometimes it is illness that causes suffering, or sometimes it may be that we have been holding so many things back that one event can cause us to feel we are falling apart. I enjoy working with clients to help them use their innate wisdom and the tools I provide to emerge from suffering feeling stronger and nurtured. At client’s request, I incorporate breathing and yoga techniques in therapy sessions to aid the healing process.

I have three school-aged children. In my personal time I enjoy making art, reading, writing, cooking, and practicing yoga. I have been teaching yoga since 2004, and I am an adjunct professor of psychology at Southeastern Oklahoma State University for their online undergraduate program.

What you’ll learn with Brandie:

  • Self-regulation – How to identify feelings and what to do with them

  • How to nurture yourself

  • How to have a more joyful life

  • Develop tools for handling adversity

  • How to strengthen your relationships with others

  • Learn concrete ways to practice mindfulness

Jennifer Slingerland Ryan

Brandie’s Expertise:

Brandie specializes in work with cancer survivors and family members who are supporting those who are living with cancer, at any stage of treatment from diagnosis through remission or terminal death. She also helps those struggling with medical trauma, sexual trauma or issues, survivors of family violence, adults with close family members or friends dealing with addiction, boundary issues, and art therapy.

Books Brandie Recommends:

  • The Four Agreements – I recommend this book because the author helps readers understand the thoughts we hold which are unconscious, and how we can begin to be mindful about our thoughts, which will help us in our relationships with ourselves and others.

  • Healing into Life and Death – I recommend this book because it describes how healing can occur regardless of what is going on with our bodies. Also, it contains beautiful, healing meditations.

  • Life is a Verb – I recommend this book because the author, Patti Digh, uses stories to illustrate how to know what is important about this human existence. She is a great person to follow on social media, as well!

Brandie’s Qualifications:

  • M.S. in Counseling, Southern Methodist University

  • B.A. in Art, Austin College

  • Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern (LPC-Intern) under the supervision of Edita Ruzgyte, PhD, LPC-S (Lic #62048)

  • Ayurveda Yoga Specialist – 500-hour teacher for individuals and groups through Yoga Alliance

  • Extensive study in oncology counseling

  • Extensive study in sexual therapy

  • Public speaking:

    • Patti Digh’s Life is a Verb Camp
    • Baylor McKinney – keynote speaker during breast cancer awareness month, facilitate cancer support groups
    • Baylor Irving – facilitated cancer support group
    • American Cancer Society Survivor Dinner
  • Writer

    •, the MD Anderson blog
    • Past Voices Columnist at The Dallas Morning News
    • Essay published in “What I Wish For You,” by Patti Digh
Jennifer Slingerland Ryan

Fee: $75 per 55 minute session
*I am not eligible to accept insurance at this time.

Licensed Professional Counselor #80131
Under the supervision of Edita Ruzgyte, PhD, LPC-S
Texas Department of State Health Services

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