Ryan M. Forsell, MS, MFTI

Ryan M. Forsell, MS, MFTI

Ryan is passionate about working with individuals and families who are seeking freedom from the pain in their lives. Uniquely gifted in his ability to care for and connect with others, Ryan’s approach to therapy feels comfortable and organic. His ability to help people maneuver through transition and pain has proven to be critical in empowering clients to overcome obstacles in their lives. Ryan has a great ability to relate with children; helping them to identify, express and regulate their emotions. He especially enjoys walking alongside adolescents who are navigating the complicated process of exploring their identity development.

Having received his Bachelors from Azusa Pacific University in Practical Theology, and his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary, Ryan is adept at navigating issues of faith, theology, and relational conflict within the church. His training in both individual psychology and family systems has granted Ryan a holistic insight into the complexities of our navigating relationships and overcoming wounds. Particularly, Ryan’s training has allowed him the opportunity to successfully and intimately work with the intersectionality of the church and the LGBTQ community.

Ryan is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (IMF100959) under the supervision of Kathryn Scott, LMFT (MFC29708).


Approach to Therapy

Ryan believes that many of our wounds happen in the context of relationship, and thus, genuine healing can only grow out of restorative relationship. Because of this, Ryan relies heavily on the relational dynamics between therapist and client. With a healthy professional relationship as the foundation of therapy, Ryan is able to help clients maneuver through the fears, doubts, and hurts of their lives. He is able to be direct when needed, and is eager to step into the darkness of people’s stories.

 Pulling in useful tools from modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Restoration Therapy, and Structural Family Systems, Ryan has found that the greatest success in treatment come from encouraging clients to take ownership of their stories and live into the freedom of what their individual and communal truths are.


Areas of Focus

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Identity Development
  • LGBTQ dynamics
  • Parenting Issues
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Stress management



  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling


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