Patrick Ryan, MA, LPC


Patrick has approximately seven years of experience in providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with mental illnesses and addictions.

Patrick Ryan, MA, LPC therapist in McLean Virginia
Patrick Ryan, MA, LPC therapist in McLean Virginia

Patrick is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.

A Northern Virginia native, Patrick has broad experience in working with children, adolescents, adults and families suffering from the effects of addictions, co-occurring disorders (mental illness and substance abuse), anxiety disorders, and mood disorders. He has worked within the Australian healthcare system and learned about alternative therapies for both medical illnesses and behavioral disorders.

A strong proponent of the connection between physical and mental health

The complimentary relationship between the two can be seen in all aspects of life and he works diligently to combine an individual’s strengths in both areas to address presenting problems and any underlying issues that may be affecting an individual’s or family’s life.

Close to a decade of experience in providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with mental illnesses and addictions.

Patrick's career began working at a psychiatric inpatient facility where he specialized in process groups with the severely mentally ill. He then moved on to work in day treatment and residential facilities providing services ranging from individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and recreational therapy with adolescents and adults with mood disorders, ADHD/ADD, PTSD, and anxiety disorders.

Deep understanding of the impact mental illness and substance use have on the family

Patrick most recently worked as a mental health/substance abuse counselor in an outpatient program for adolescents with co-occurring disorders and has a deep understanding of the impact mental illness and substance use have on the family and contributing factors to the development and maintenance of behavioral and cognitive disorders. He also has a firm grasp on issues that affect today’s adolescents and adults, and works with the person as a whole.

Cancer survivor and community speaker

As a cancer survivor, Patrick's also in the process of developing support groups and therapy for individuals and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis. In between patient sessions and clinician work, Patrick often speaks at local universities and schools discussing the emotional and behavioral impact of cancer on young adults. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Patrick 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:

  • Adolescents (ages 14-18)
  • Adults (all ages)

Types of Therapy:

  • Individual/Group
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Anger management

Specialties Include:

  • Grief and Loss
  • Behavioral and Emotional Effects of Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Mental health and overall well being


  • Argosy University, Washington DC
    Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology
  • George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Work Experience

  • Mental Health / Substance Abuse Treatment Program at Fairfax County Community Services Board
    — Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Integrated Clinical Concepts
    — Mental Health Therapist
  • Crisis Care at Woodburn Place
    — Relief Counselor
  • Residential Intensive Care 
    — Relief Counselor
  • Dominion Hospital
    — Psychiatric Technician
  • Northwest Adult Partial Hospitalization Program
    — Graduate Internship
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars / Australian Healthcare System
    — Volunteer / Intern


  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)
  • National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychoanalytic Association

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