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Pamela Ryan(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
New York
Anxiety - Depression- Trauma-Sexual harassment & assault-Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)- Existential crisis & challenges-
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Professional statement

Dr. Ryan is a semi-retired philosophy professor who also spent over a decade in the mental health field. She now works primarily with individuals who find themselves troubled, anxious, depressed, or traumatized, often searching for meaning and purpose in their life.

Dr. Ryan has an interactive intellectual approach that helps clients focus on their deepest inner needs, existential worries, and reflect on what they want. This allows clients to open up to themselves and the universe in a way that’s as unique as the individual.

In her practice, Dr. Ryan helps clients accept reality as is, so clients can be themselves and enjoy being themselves. Internal harmony is essential to human happiness. In sessions, clients discover the totality of their personhood, come to appreciate being alive, and thrive, rather than to simply survive. By making space for their inner selves, Dr. Ryan’s clients come away from therapy with the ability to live life authentically.

Message to clients

Life is hard. It asks much from us and takes much from us. Learning how to fundamentally hold your own in your own existence, live by your own desires, your own passions, is central to living a life that you find meaningful and worth their time.

Existential therapy can settle mental health issues significantly and permanently. My background as a philosopher coupled with my therapeutic skills allows clients a unique opportunity to see the human experience in a new way. Using the accumulated wisdom of great sages, I’ll guide you through life’s issues so that you can find internal harmony. Share your story and I’ll show you the way.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 4 years

The Icarus Group, Psychotherapist
Syracuse University, Professor
Vera House, Resident Care Support
DOVES, Domestic Violence Advocate
Resilience Lab, Psychotherapist

Center for Existential Analysis and Logotherapy, Cohort 1, 2022
Syracuse University, Master of Social Work, 2020
Bowling Green , Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy, 2000


New York: 112436




Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Sexual harassment & assault - Caring support along the pathway to safety, wellbeing, and healing for survivors of sexual abuse and assault

Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) - Recovering from the impact of long-term, repeated traumatic events, such as emotional abuse and neglect

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours

Please note that at this time, I'm unable to accept Medicare or Medicaid plans.


  • Aetna
  • Aetna International
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • All Savers Insurance Company
  • AllWays Health Partners (formerly Neighborhood Health)
  • Allied Benefit Systems
  • Cigna
  • Golden Rule Insurance Company
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Meritain Health
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
  • Optum
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Trustmark
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Shared Services

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$150 (60min)
  • Sliding scale:$100 - $150
  • Initial session:$150 (60min)
  • Couples sessions:$250 (60min)
  • Group sessions:$300 (60min)
  • Family sessions:$300 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Courtesy billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed