Ryan J. Maher, MA, LCPC is a psychotherapist and the creator of Inner World Therapy. He works with adults, adolescents, and couples navigating life stressors, conflicts, anxiety, depression, and general unfulfillment. Other challenges that Ryan frequently works with include: relationships, identity, spirituality, grief, sexuality, lack of meaning or purpose, impulsive and/or compulsive patterns, and major life transitions. Ryan has special training in working with adults who experienced difficult childhoods and developmental trauma. He brings warmth, compassion, and an affirming energy to the therapy process.
Before creating Inner World Therapy, Ryan practiced for three years at Watch Hill Therapy, a group of therapists who specialize in the treatment of trauma. During this time he enhanced his skills as a trauma therapist and gave workshops on the intersection of trauma with the body, mind, and psyche as well as the use of dreams in psychotherapy. Prior to Watch Hill, Ryan worked at a treatment facility for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This experience provided a comprehensive understanding of mental health, human behavior, and ways to create meaningful change in both our inner and outer lives. Ryan has spent a significant amount of time living and studying in different countries and values the diversity in human experience and culture. As a certified yoga teacher, he has over a decade of experience working with the mind-body relationship. Ryan is a member of The Breathe Network, the National Board of Certified Counselors, and the American Counseling Association. He is also an affiliate member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago.
Certification of the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts to train analysts is granted by The International Association of Analytical Psychology. The C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago is accredited as a psychoanalytic training institute by The American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis, Inc. The Institute is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists (License No. 268000106), Social Workers and Clinical Social Workers (License No. 159-000215), Marriage and Family Therapists (License No. 168-000123), Professional Counselors and Clinical Professional Counselors (License No. 197-000022).