Ryan Dump — Therapist
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Dr. Ryan Dump is a clinical psychologist who graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013. Dr. Dump is known for his down-to-earth approach and the conversational manner in which he works with individuals and families. Sessions are intended to be supportive, cathartic, educational and informative. Above all else, Dr. Dump values the relationship between client and therapist and believes that without a sound relationship, the work done in session is limited.
Get to know Dr. Ryan Dump
Dr. Ryan Dump is a clinical psychologist who graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013. Originally from South Dakota, Dr. Dump chose to pursue his doctorate in Chicago for the opportunities for exposure to a diverse population and the freedom to engage in community involvement and outreach in underserved populations.
With a true passion towards mental health care accessibility for all, Dr. Dump continuously embraces opportunities for community involvement. To continue working towards this passion, Dr. Dump founded Resilience Psychological Services as a means for providing care to those in his direct community. To expand his reach, he developed Therapy Road, an online therapist directory which improves how consumers search for and access mental health care throughout Chicagoland.
Trained as a generalist, Dr. Dump has successfully worked with individuals, families, and couples across the lifespan with a diverse set of clinical concerns. Today, he has a special interest in working with adults who are experiencing challenges related to overactive minds (e.g., overthinking, difficulty being present, holding on to past behaviors) which impact their performance, self-esteem, and ability to effectively work towards their goals. A focus of his work also revolves around working with men and assisting them in developing their awareness and expression of the myriad of emotional experiences that they experience.
As an entrepreneur, business owner, and former Division I athlete, Dr. Dump recognizes the important relationship between self-discipline and self-compassion as key ingredients to success. He enjoys working with those who may be struggling to balance these areas of their lives. Those who are prone to working too much, sleeping too little, and getting in one more repetition when they may be better served by clocking out, going to bed early, and taking a rest day. These challenges are particularly notable in high achievers and elite performers from business executives to professional athletes.
When working with couples and families, it is first important to understand the family’s intention of seeking therapy. Once the goal of therapy is established, Dr. Dump focuses on helping each member to be heard and feel understood as a primary component of therapy focuses on improving communication. This is done by highlighting patterns of unproductive communication, providing education on helpful communication skills, modeling these skills, and then rehearsing them naturally in session.
Speaking to his clinical work, Dr. Dump is often credited for his conversational style of communication and his ability to engage those who may be hesitant to begin therapy or have had poor experiences with therapy in the past. He speaks non-judgmentally with his clients, allowing for an honest and supportive setting which fosters curiosity as clients begin to learn more about themselves. While clients guide the direction of sessions, Dr. Dump works interactively to assist with creating change in their lives. He largely works from a cognitive-behavioral approach and encourages his clients to observe the relationships between the environment, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. As Dr. Dump supportively challenges unproductive patterns of behavior, clients learn to overcome self-defeating behavior while gaining the tools for long term sustainability. This is possible through his value of psychoeducation and informing the client of the science and research behind his observations.
When he is not in the office, Dr. Dump enjoys making memories with his family, escaping to the wilderness, grinding coffee beans, reading (mostly non-fiction) and running. He also served as the hurdles coach for the Lane Tech High School track and field team from 2014 to 2018 where he coached athletes to All-State performances in four out of five years. Dr. Dump advocates for living a life of purpose and continues to work on learning when to speed up and when to slow down. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.” ~ Ferris Bueller.