Ryan Thomas Neace holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, and has been working in the mental health field for 10-15 years. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia (LPC), and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Ryan is co-founder and managing director of The Change Group, overseeing day to day operations and staff, as well as seeing clients.
Ryan helps people with anxiety, addictions, depressions, relationships, social cues/interaction, family struggles, and more. He has worked in in-patient and outpatient settings, as well as in home, school, church, and community settings.
Ryan is an Adjunct Professor of Undergraduate Psychology, and a graduate counseling clinical consultant. Ryan received a full scholarship and assistantship to the University of Delaware to pursue his PhD in Family Studies, but declined the opportunity.
Ryan was formerly a licensed private investigator in Tennessee and Kentucky, working with individuals charged with capital murder to provide sentencing mitigation and jury advocacy. Ryan is a featured speaker at conferences and has educated youth workers across America on counseling perspectives.
Ryan’s heart and passion is to help people clarify the immense confusion which can arise when they enter their internal worlds. From Ryan: “Often we spend time compulsively avoiding looking at what’s inside for fear that it will shock, sadden, or overwhelm us. I believe my job as a counselor is to help you look, understand, and accept what’s there. And to help you make sense of the process and the outcome, and ultimately, to find peace.”
“Those who can sit in silence with their fellowman not knowing what to say but knowing that they should be there, who are not afraid to hold a hand in gratitude, to shed tears in grief, or to let a sigh of distress arise straight from the heart, can break through paralyzing boundaries and witness the birth of a new fellowship – the fellowship of the broken.” (Quote from Henri Nouwen’s, “Out of Solitude”)
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