Ryan Dump — Therapist




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 both Resilience Chicago as a means for providing care and Therapy Road, an online therapist directory that allows consumers to search for therapists by insurance network, location, and speciality, as a tool to improve how consumers search for and access mental health care. 

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 young adults and adults who are experiencing challenges related to anxiety, depression, and ADHD. 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 and business owner, Dr. Dump recognizes the importance of career satisfaction and implementing a healthy work-life balance; he enjoys working with those who may be struggling to create a balance of their own. Dr. Dump's formal education included a special emphasis in working with couples and families. He continues to work with both and focuses on promoting communication and understanding in one another to facilitate movement towards their unified goals. Common goals in therapy include behavior modification, improving emotional awareness and communication within the home, and improving one's sense-of-self. With a recognition of the role of family, Dr. Dump frequently utilizes a family approach to  promote long-term sustainability and has presented across the state of Illinois on the topic. 

When it comes to his clinical work, Dr. Dump is often credited for his “down-to-earth” style of communication and his ability to engage those who may be hesitant to begin therapy. He speaks non-judgmentally with his clients, allowing for an honest and supportive setting. 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, informing the client of the science and research behind his observations.

Dr. Dump believes in finding a balance in life. Outside of work, he enjoys making memories with his family, escaping to the wilderness, 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. To him, there is “magic in balance” and he encourages his clients to search for what keeps them balanced.