Ryan  Forsell
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Ryan Forsell

He/Him/His

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Sierra Madre Accepting In-person
Updated February 20, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Couples counseling
  • Relationship issues
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Life transitions
  • Childhood trauma
  • Men's issues

Professional statement

Ryan Forsell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Sierra Madre, CA. Ryan’s clinical expertise is in working with couples and individual clients on relationship-related issues, as well as working with men seeking exploration of deeper existential questions of life-purpose and meaning making in vocation, relationships, and life. Ryan also offers experiential Adventure Therapy, coaching services, and creative development guidance to clients seeking more unique forms of support from a licensed therapist.

Ryan’s work with clients is informed by his understanding of the importance of relationships. In his work with couples, Ryan draws on the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, an attachment-based therapy modality that fosters vulnerability and emotional connection between partners. As an avid adventurer and lover of outdoor sports, including rock climbing, skiing, backpacking, and surfing, Ryan also understands the importance of a healthy mind-body connection in overall wellbeing. To this end, he utilizes mindfulness practices in his work with clients who are interested in fostering a better connection between their mind and body.

Ryan received his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Theology from Azusa Pacific University and then went on to work as a functional behavioral specialist in Phoenix, AZ, where he worked with youth and their families battling through significant traumas. Ryan later returned to school to obtain his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. Since graduating in 2017, Ryan has worked in multiple therapy settings and is now the owner of Praxis: A Psychotherapy Practice.


Message to clients

Do you ever feel like life is just a string of unremitting circumstances, and you are simply doing your best to keep your nose above water? Yeah, me too. Especially the way things have been going since the pandemic. When life is difficult for the collective society, life is unavoidably difficult for the individual in society. The truth is, we are in a season of dramatic social, technological and ecological change. The world is vastly different today than it was even a decade ago, and we feel it, one way or another.

The confusion and pain involved with such a crisis of change often leads to experiences of overwhelm, shut down / withdrawal, anxiety, depression. It can have the opposite effect too, leading to performance identities, perfectionism, and other overcompensating strategies.

Michael Meade posits, "Fate tends to place people in unremitting circumstances and will force hidden aspects of character and surprising qualities to the surface." In other words, genuine growth is about leaning in and integrating, not avoiding or compensating.

If this resonates with you, let's connect.

As someone who has navigated much chaos in my own journey, I know what it is like first hand to be overwhelmed by the bigness of the pain we experience. But I also know what it is like to face and grow from that pain. Allow me to be the guide who can help you develop those hidden aspects of your character and surprising qualities of your self on your journey toward wholeness.


Specialties

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

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

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms

Men's issues - Expertise in working with adult men; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges and promote physical and mental health




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Ryan Forsell is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $225 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $175 - $225

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 11:30am - 5pm
  • Wed 11:30am - 5pm
  • Thu 11:30am - 5pm
  • Fri 9am - 5pm
  • Sat 9am - 5pm
  • Sun Closed

Sierra Madre practice
71 West Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, California 91024
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 11:30am - 5pm
  • Wed 11:30am - 5pm
  • Thu 11:30am - 5pm
  • Fri 9am - 5pm
  • Sat 9am - 5pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 7 years

Praxis: A Psychotherapy Practice, Owner/Operator, Supervisor, Clinician, 2022 - Present
Ryan Forsell Therapy, Clinician, 2018 - 2022
Sycamores, Clinician, 2017 - 2019

Fuller Theological Seminary, MS MFT, 2017
Azusa Pacific University, BA Philosophy & Theology, 2013


Licensure

California: 118331


Languages

English