Ryan Howes, Ph.D., ABPP

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I earn a living sitting in a comfortable chair talking with people about the most important issues in their lives.

That’s my standard response when I'm asked what I do for a living. It captures how I feel each morning coming to work: I'm honored to be a part of my clients' world and privileged to use my training to help people.

In my childhood I suffered a family tragedy that resulted in a year of therapy, which was among the most profound experiences of my life. So much so that I started a peer counseling program when I was in high school. In college I was a youth worker and decided to take some psychology courses so I could better help the kids with their breakups, their parent’s divorces and their teenage angst. This morphed into a major and several years of graduate school. My education at Fuller entailed a master’s in theology en route to a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, a perfect meld of my interests.

I was trained at the LA County/USC Medical Center, the Wright Institute Los Angeles, and Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute, and was fortunate to teach courses at Glendale College and Pepperdine University’s graduate school. I’ve been Clinical Professor for Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology since 2002, teaching a few classes and supervising graduate students training to become therapists. I’ve been a psychotherapist since 1994 and mess around with music and writing on the side. In 2007 I co-authored a book entitled What Wives Wish their Husbands Knew About Sexin 2008 I started a blog for Psychology Today called In Therapy, and I began a column for the  Psychotherapy Networker Magazine in 2010


In 2011 I was Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). In 2012 I started National Psychotherapy Day, a day to promote the field of therapy, not individuals. In 2014 I launched HeadCheck, the first mental health checkup. 


I've been busy, but this all stems from a common theme - I believe in the healing power of the one-to-one therapeutic relationship, and I want everyone to have access to it.  

Professional Bio
B.S. Willamette University
M.A. Fuller School of Psychology
M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Fuller School of Psychology
Certificate So Cal Psychoanalytic Inst.
Training at LA County/USC Med Center
Internship Wright Institute Los Angeles
Adjunct Instructor, Glendale College
Adjunct Instructor, Pepperdine Univ.
Clinical Professor, Fuller Sch. of Psych
Licensed Psychologist PSY#17983
Board Certified in Clinical Psychology 
Founder, National Psychotherapy Day
CEO, HeadCheck 

I've been providing psychotherapy services since 1994. I opened my current Pasadena office in 2002.

Ryan Howes, Ph.D., ABPP * 595 E. Colorado Blvd. #432 * Pasadena, CA * 91101 * 626.449.1434

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