Jennifer Slingerland Ryan, M.Ed., LPC-S


Jennifer Slingerland Ryan knows a thing or two about kids and families. First, she knows they are joyous, exhilarating, loving and so darn fun. Second, she knows they suck your life dry and make you weep like a baby.

By day she’s a psychotherapist; by night she’s a mom and wife. She claims to love therapizing couples, educating parents, reading dystopian fiction and sleeping in her free time (read: she never sleeps), and she’s written a highly inappropriate book that no teen should ever read but all of her couples should.

Jennifer has spent over 10 years in private practice working with individuals, couples, and parents who are faced with kid-drama, mamma-drama, and family-drama, and she claims that although some stories make a grown woman cry, she loves it.

We spend most of our time in relationships – with friends, children, life partners, and coworkers – and you may not realize it, but many issues arise out of those pesky, er, lovely people we call family. You have symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADD, anger and fear you say? Yep, those come from relationships, too. Jennifer will show you how. 

Jennifer does this little thing called Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and she loves, loves Attachment Theory. (That may not make sense now, but it will when you schedule an appointment with her.) Relationships create a blueprint for all other relationships throughout life, and our job is to change those people in our life…no wait that’s not right…our job is to change ourselves, early processing and belief systems that keep you feeling stuck.

Clients will learn core principles of the change process, including:

  • How early family relationships create a subconscious pattern of behavior in all other relationships throughout the lifespan (intimate, friends, co-workers, etc.)
  • How thoughts, emotions, and actions are connected
  • How early relationships create subconscious belief systems that drive every thing we feel and do
  • The role personality, intuition, and mindfulness play in the change process
  • How homework and journal exercises between sessions make change happen more quickly
  • How meditation, self-talk, role-playing, role rehearsal affect the change process
7PP Educator Graphic 1Jennifer helps couples, too. She is a Gottman Level 2 Counselor as well as a Gottman 7 Principles Program Educator, which means she can train couples within groups to be more emotionally cohesive and better communicators (but you probably don’t need better communication in your marriage). In addition to John Gottman’s work, Jennifer practically worships Dr. Sue Johnson and her work (books are listed below for more reference).
Just a few of Jennifer’s recommendations are:

Jennifer has skills:

  • Ph.D. Family Studies, Texas Woman’s University (in progress)Ryan Family
  • M.Ed. Education in Counseling, University of North Texas
  • B.S. Human Development and Family Studies,Texas Tech University
  • Mom of 3, all girls, including twins
  • Wife of 1. He’s the hardest of all of them.


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Please also check out the Supportive Change and  Change Retainer programs. And, see Video Counseling, Chat Sessions and Email Sessions if you’re considering online counseling.

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