GET TO KNOW BRANDIE

Jennifer Slingerland Ryan

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

Brandie Sellers, M.S. LPC-Intern, Yoga Instructor

After going through a divorce and breast cancer within a two-year period, I found myself in the middle of a major life transition. The aftermath had me rattled, to put it mildly, but I was able to pick myself up off the floor and put my life back together. And, I was ready for a change of career. I realized the common threads which gave meaning to all of our lives was our common bond through hardships, and it is within relationships and and while listening to others that we start to really know people. Becoming a counselor seemed like an excellent evolution of my gifts and my life experience.

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 am inspired to work with clients to help them use their innate wisdom and the clarity, nurturing, and 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.

Compassionate Listener

Being seen and heard is so important.  I am a great listener, and no topic is too sensitive for me to hear about. I want to hear what you have to tell me; let me be a witness to your life. I’m a present, safe person for you to confide in. Then, we can work through some strategies to help you change.

Clarity Facilitator

The first part of change is to understand the themes and patterns of one’s life. Why do you do the things you do? I’ll help you answer those questions. Knowing your own patterns (why you do the things you do) can be very empowering. You can feel like you aren’t a bad person or diseased in some way, but in fact, are a normal human being with some hardships that need to be worked out. Like getting knots out of your neck in a deep massage, I’ll help you work out the kinks and set you on the path to well-being.

Self-Care Guide

I’m not the only one who gets cranky when I don’t practice good self-care. You do, too!  You may not realize it, though. Furthermore, most people don’t really even understand what good self-care even is. However, good self care is connected to mental wellness.  When we do not take care of ourselves, we get depleted, and then we have a hard time connecting to positive feelings of well-being because we feel tired and cranky. An important part of my work with clients is helping them see ways to nurture themselves, whether that’s through setting boundaries with others, using tools from the sciences of yoga and Ayurveda, or setting aside time for themselves to have fun.

Great Reads I Recommend:

  • 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!

MORE ABOUT ME

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. My greatest passion is working with adults who are struggling with life transition issues, depression, and anxiety..

My passion is not only with those in the throes of life challenges, but have a special place in my heart for 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. I 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.

Also:

  • 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

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

THE FINE PRINT

WHO I SERVE: Adults
FEE: $85
Insurance: Not Applicable

Licensed Professional Counselor #80131
Under the supervision of Jennifer Slingerland Ryan, M.Ed., LPC-S #19003
Texas Department of State Health Services

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