Colleen M Ryan, LSW

Licensed Social Worker

“My authenticity and sense of humor intersect with a lifelong passion for the performing arts to bring music, poetry, pop culture, and anything else that moves my clients – most often couples, womxn, teens, and the LGBTQIA community – into the therapy room.  With the awareness of how healing one’s relationship with sexuality can reduce shame and bring about a more empowered and authentic life, I am dedicated to being a sex-positive therapist.

I am passionate about working alongside the LGBTQIA+ community to provide a non-judgmental, gentle space where my clients can be their most authentic selves. Whether you are grappling with identity, identity-based trauma, navigating mixed-orientation relationships, or just looking for an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist, I would love to support you through your journey.

I also find that sexuality and intimacy can be a core part of the human experience. However, they are often complicated by shame, taboos, and insecurities. Through vulnerability, acceptance, healing, and education, I believe sex therapy can increase our ability to connect with ourselves and others. My hope is that sex therapy increases self-compassion, decreases shame, and helps move you toward your authentic relationship with sexuality, whatever that looks like for you.”

In addition to being a skilled sex and LGBTQIA+ therapist, Colleen excels working with teens and their parents. She supports teens as they adjust and cope with the multitude of stressors in their lives. Her areas of expertise include managing depression and anxiety issues, improving relationships with parents and friends, and strengthening self-esteem. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), skill building, family systems, and insight-oriented talk therapy.

Colleen is focused on helping her clients navigate significant challenges in their lives. She provides a safe space to explore personal goals, understand and practice skills to overcome roadblocks to thriving, and manage anxiety and depression.

She is also a tremendous relationship therapist, providing guidance and support for couples seeking better communication, connection, balance, and passion in their romantic lives. Colleen utilizes Gottman Method Therapy to assist couples in building happy and satisfying relationships. The tools in Gottman Method Couples Therapy provide people the skills to build friendship, manage conflict, support life goals, build trust and commitment, and share a satisfying sexual life.

Colleen is well regarded by clients and colleagues and has a magnetic personality that draws others to her. She has a variety of experience that gives her a dynamic and well-rounded approach to the many challenges her clients face.

Please contact Colleen today to start working towards your goals!

Credentials and Training:

  • Licensed Social Worker, LSW #0009923808

Professional Education and Clinical Training:

  • Completed all three levels of Gottman Method training

Education and Recognition: 

  • University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, Master of Social Work
    • Family Systems Concentration
    • Recipient of Alumni Merit Scholarship