Ryan Newman, Counselling Associate
MA Counselling Psychology candidate
I am in the business of helping people become themselves. In other words, I think that every person has a unique Self, with distinct longings, desires, strengths, and core emotions. This Self sometimes becomes hidden, as we construct defenses to protect it from the pain that life brings.
It is my passion and joy to help people reconnect with who they really are. I’m honoured that you would consider inviting me to join you in this journey; it’s a sacred privilege to discover what it means to live fully and freely.
I grew up as a sensitive child, but soon learned that expressing my emotions was not acceptable. I did not want to be perceived as weak, so I learned to repress my feelings and hide behind a guise of strength and stability. Eventually I became aware of this tendency and sought to reconnect with my inner child – the free, innocent boy that did not fear the gaze of others. I discovered that the only way I could do this was through relationships with caring others – the people in my life that I knew I could trust.
As I slowly learned to be open with those around me, I decided to pursue the field of counselling to similarly provide a space for those who are hurting and broken. Having experienced the power of human connection amidst life’s challenges, I dedicated my time and energy to understanding how best to meet others in their pain.
My Professional Biography
I completed my undergraduate education in Counselling and Human Services from Columbia Bible College and am presently finishing up my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University.
I’ve completed training in Emotion-Focused Therapy for couples and enjoy working with adolescents, adults, and couples with a variety of different concerns:
– Relationship issues
– Issues related to spirituality and religion
– Grief and bereavement
– Depression and anxiety
– Transitions and general life dissatisfaction
My Counselling Approach
Human relationships can be a tremendous source of joy and delight; however, they also can be a catalyst for significant pain and suffering. I believe that in the same way that hurt and shame can occur in the context of relationships, so can healing, restoration, and renewal. Because of this, I approach therapy with an attitude of warmth, compassion, and curiosity.
My counselling orientation is humanistic and experiential, harnessing the power of the here-and-now of the therapeutic relationship. This means that I consider lasting change to occur when people have a corrective experience in therapy – and I love having the privilege of walking alongside others in this way.
I would love to meet you and hear your story!