Jessica Ryan, Psy. D.
Behavioral Health Director; Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative Project Coordinator

Program coordinator ofs
Behavioral Health
Domestic Violence Prevention Intervention Program (DVPI)

Values and Philosophy

I practice from a relational and narrative perspective that I believe complements the storied nature of human lives.  We are all individuals living in and carrying memories/feelings from various contexts (families of origin, romantic relationships, friendships, work/school relationships, etc.).  I believe that healing occurs when an individual can recognize how all parts of oneself intersect to create the person they are today.  I commit to “walking with” each client on their path to self-discovery, growth, and peace.

I recognize that engaging in therapy can feel intimidating, and it is important to me that clients experience a sense of safety and trust in the therapeutic relationship.  Therefore, I encourage anyone interested in therapy to contact me with questions, and anyone actively engaged in therapy to openly express their feelings regarding the therapeutic process.

Training and Experience

I have a longstanding passion for working with historically disenfranchised and underserved communities.  Early training experiences afforded me the opportunity to provide social support services to refugee children at World Relief Chicago, engage in advocacy efforts to end hunger in Milwaukee, and provide social-emotional support services to children from low-income families in Pilsen.  During graduate school, I became interested in learning about the effects of historical trauma on American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations and culturally appropriate forms of healing, which formed the basis for my doctoral dissertation.  My research on this topic led me to the Chicago AI/AN community.  Although I identify as Euro-American and Choctaw, I was raised on the south side of Chicago with little exposure to AI/AN traditions.  I have learned a lot about AI/AN traditions from the Chicago AI/AN community, for which I am grateful.  I am humbled to serve the Chicago AI/AN community as Behavioral Health Director of AIHSC.

Range of Focus

Individual, Family, and Couples Therapy

Play Therapy (for children as young as three years of age) and Parental Consultation

Trauma Recovery



Domestic and Sexual Violence

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders

Learning Disabilities

Relationship Stressors

Academic/Work Stressors

Physical Illness/Pain exacerbated by Psychological Stressors


BA in Psychology/Spanish Language and Literature, Marquette University, 2008

MA in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2010

Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2013

Illinois Clinical Psychologist License 071.009058

Illinois 40-Hour Domestic Violence Certification, CMBWN