Q&A With Ryan Smith, M. Ed., LMFT

What is your specialty or focus (what client needs do you enjoy serving most)?

I enjoy working with couples who are having relationship difficulties or who want to enhance their relationship. I also enjoy working with individuals who are suffering with anxiety or the effects of having an alcoholic in their life.

What are your qualifications?

I have earned a Master of Education specializing in Couples & Family Therapy and am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

What is your favorite color?

Green is my favorite color, though it was red for my entire childhood. I enjoy green for it's soothing and earthy qualities.

What do you like best about living in Eugene?

I most enjoy the access to bike paths, many hiking options, and the close proximity to the ocean and mountains.

Do you believe in ghosts?

I cannot recall having a paranormal experience so this likely influences my disbelief in ghosts.

What theory of therapy do you believe in the most?

I believe in therapy that enhances and makes use of client strengths, as well as insight-based therapy that helps clients create new beliefs and thoughts about their lives or problems. Systems theory permeates all of my work with clients.

Do you have any pets?

I have two cats named Zorro and Stax. Stax is named after Harry Stack Sullivan, who is partially credited with applying systems theory to therapy work with individuals and families.

What do you do in your spare time?

I enjoy playing volleyball, kickball, hiking, biking, and cooking. I am also an avid sports fan.

What is the best therapist joke you've ever heard?

I would like to hear one, do you have any?

Why are you a therapist?

I became a therapist to give more meaning to my life. I wanted to improve the lives of others, which systems theory proposes my ripple out within client systems and perpetuate more positive change. In this way, I can feel like I am doing something meaningful in my small corner of the world that may have far reaching effects over time. I have not had any regrets about my decision to pursue this career.

To make an appointment with Ryan: You can make an appointment with Ryan by contacting our intake coordinator at (541) 868-2004. At Eugene Therapy, we work with a variety of insurance companies and also accommodate self-pay clients who prefer to maintain their privacy. Please visit our website for more information.