Ryan J. Maher, MA, LCPC

Ryan is a licensed and board certified psychotherapist in Chicago and the creator of Inner World Therapy. He works with adults, adolescents, and couples navigating life stressors, conflicts, anxiety, depression, and general unfulfillment. Additional concerns frequently include relationships, spiritual/existential crises, grief, sexuality, lack of meaning/purpose, impulsive and/or compulsive patterns, and major life transitions. Ryan also specializes 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.