Matthew Ryan, MA, LPC, NCC


Matthew has been in the clinical field since 2002 providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with varying needs in the community.

Matthew Ryan, MA, LPC, NCC therapist in McLean Virginia
Matthew Ryan, MA, LPC, NCC therapist in McLean Virginia
Matthew has a particular interest in working with children and adolescents with learning disabilities, ADD, and ADHD, as he was diagnosed early in elementary school with Attention Deficit Disorder.

As an All-America candidate for baseball at Georgetown Prep, Matthew received an athletic scholarship to The George Washington University.

He continues to play competitive baseball and has a major interest in sports behavioral and counseling strategies in athletes and sports. Because of his extensive athletic and fitness experience, Matthew feels strongly that exercise is an important component to a healthy mind, body, and soul.

When possible, Matthew incorporates this philosophy into his workings as a licensed mental health therapist.

Matthew has been in the clinical field since 2002 providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with varying needs in the community.

His experience has varied from inpatient therapy, home therapy, outpatient, private sector, and mental health emergency services.

Most notably, he worked for six years with the Fairfax County Community Services Board both as a Mental Health Therapist and Mental Health Supervisor where he was part of a multi-disciplinary team serving high risk, mentally ill, and emotionally disturbed adults and children in acute crisis. This included providing specialized services such as risk assessment and crisis intervention.

His true passion however, is providing outpatient care to children, adolescents, and adults with daily life problems.

These challenges may include ADHD, ADD, transitioning through one’s life span, anger, anxiety, autism, bipolar disorder, parenting skills, loss of a loved one, depression, emotional health, executive coaching, couples therapy, PTSD, and sports performance. By taking an integrative approach toward treatment, Matthew is able to assist his clientele with their struggles and help them to lead a more productive and satisfying life.

Matthew holds a B.A. in Psychology from George Washington University, a M.A. in Clinical Psychology and is a graduate of Georgetown Preparatory High School.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Matthew Ryan and the rest of the Duffy Counseling team have master's degrees in clinical psychology and are licensed professional counselors in the state of Virginia. We are not licensed clinical psychologists and do not administer or interpret any psychological test at our office. We have a contracted licensed clinical psychologist on staff that does ALL administration and interpretation of psychological testing.

Client Population

  • School-age children (ages 8-13)
  • Adolescents (ages 14-18)
  • Adults (all ages)

Types of Therapy

  • Individual/Group
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychodynamic
  • Client centered Therapy
  • Couples Therapy

Specialties Include

  • Family dynamics
  • Crisis interventions
  • Risk Assessment
  • Life’s transitions
  • Anger, anxiety, autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Parenting skills
  • Depression
  • Couples Therapy
  • PTSD
  • Developing social skills
  • Sports performance


  • Argosy University, Washington, D.C.
    Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
  • The George Washington University
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Georgetown Preparatory High School, North Bethesda, MD
    Highschool Diploma

Licensure (s) / Certification(s)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Work Experience

  • Fairfax County Community Services Board
    Emergency Services/Mobile Crisis Unit
    –Mental Health Supervisor/Specialist
  • Duffy Achievement Group
    –Certified Life Coach
  • Integrated Clinical Concepts
    –Mental Health Therapist
  • Fairfax County Community Services Board
    –Mental Health Therapist
    –Mental Health Counselor
  • Center for Autism and Related Disorders
    –Adaptive Behavioral Analysis Therapist
  • Crossroads Counseling Center
    –Mental Health Therapist
  • Fairfax County Community Services Board Adult Partial Hospitalization Program (Northwest)
    –Intern Therapist
  • Center for Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment
    –Behavioral Medicine Technician
  •  The Morgan Center
    — Intern Counselor


  • American Psychological Association
  • Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist
  • Children & Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
  • Maryland Psychological Association
  • Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Psychological Association

Media Mentions

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