UB Therapist Spotlight: Bob Ryan, LCPC, ATR

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Bob works from our Evanston and Northbrook offices. To schedule an appointment with him, please contact our intake department.

Bob Ryan is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist experienced in working with adults of all ages, families, children and adolescents. A graduate of the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Bob believes that individuals need to belong and contribute to feel complete. Bob utilizes an Adlerian model of encouragement and honesty in assisting individuals to live up to their full potential. He employs a broad range of mind and body focused therapies to help individuals be more creative, comfortable, and productive in their lives and careers, to possess a deeper sense of balance and self-esteem. Bob is dedicated to helping individuals work through difficulties in their personal and professional lives be they grief, loss, divorce, career setbacks, aging, or life transitions. He has experience working with adolescents and young adults with physical and mental disabilities, with older individuals living with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, and with trauma and abuse survivors and their families. Bob’s particular interest is in lightening the burdens of those in the sandwich generation; individuals who may still be raising children while having to care for and make decisions for aging parents. These particular individuals experience extremes of emotion as they take on new burdens and roles within the family.

What self care techniques or activities do you do?

Yoga, art making, playing acoustic guitar, gardening

What made you become a therapist?

I answer this more in depth in career section, but I feel with my life experiences I have much to offer others.

What are your specialties?

Abuse/Trauma and Crisis Counseling, ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety Counseling, Art Therapy, Attachment Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Children/Parenting, Codependency, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Elder Issues, Family of Origin Grief & Loss, Impulse Control Disorders, Marital/Relationship, Men’s Issues, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Occupational Issues, Phobias, Premarital Issues, PTSD/Trauma, Self-Esteem Issues, Sexual Abuse, Stress Management

Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?

I had two careers before becoming a counselor. For over 25 years I was in advertising, starting out as a production artist and working my way up the ranks to becoming the COO of my agency. During most of this career I found myself in meetings, listening to the problems and issues that business owners would bring to me. However, as an advertising executive I was always swimming upstream against the cultural stereotype of the advertising executive as someone not to be trusted. This lack of trust wore on me to such an extent that I left the field of advertising.

My advertising experience however did teach me that I enjoyed helping find solutions to the issues people faced in day to day living and such I stumbled upon the great need for special education teachers for the severely disabled. For the next 10 years I worked full and part time in classrooms with individuals living with CP, Down’s Syndrome, Autism and a host of cognitive disabilities. During this time I became a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist and until 2015 I was still running summer programs for this population.

Why do you believe that counseling can help?

Counseling can help individuals and families overcome obstacles, heal from trauma and distress, and achieve personal growth and satisfaction.

Why is it important to seek counseling?

Seeking counseling is the first step to a healthier life.