Category Archives for Inspiration


Winter’s Essential Beauty

Winter’s essential beauty is calling to us as we stand at the threshold of the Solstice. The Winter Solstice is upon us; the culmination of the dark and the promise of the burgeoning light. For me the Winter Solstice has always been inspiring. It has always been a time beckoning me to celebrate my introversion […]

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Cultivating Erotic Freedom: Healing from Purity Culture and Sexual Shame

Cultivating erotic freedom is potent medicine for all humans. It is the portal that opens us to our creative potential and unique gifts. For many of us, raised in Western culture, the idea of erotic freedom is elusive, confusing, and anxiety-provoking. We long to feel free and joyful in our body and our sexual expression, […]

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Hunter Clark – Ryan Couples Therapy Gig Harbor, WA

Coaching Services Now available!

Coaching services are now available at Ryan Therapy Services. Coaching is not therapy, but a whole different kind of help. It offers a context for people to clarify, identify and work toward reaching their goals. Coaching helps clients take action and move closer to creating the life or relationship they desire. Since I am a […]

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Saralynn Etta

Matri Movement: A Place of Healing, Sanctuary and Wellness

Maitri Movement, is a place of healing, sanctuary, and wellness. Founded and created by Saralynn Etta, a licensed massage therapist and certified yoga and pilates instructor, her offerings are a beautiful combination of movement, meditation, and bodywork for the community of Gig Harbor, as well as all of Pierce and Kitsap counties. Maitri Movement supports […]

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Kelly Nebres Pilates by Kelly

A Community of Healers: Pilates by Kelly

In my first post featuring community healers and practitioners, I want to introduce Kelly Nebres, owner and creator of  Pilates by Kelly. Kelly is one of those people, who after working with her, you feel stronger, more at peace, more calm and more hopeful. Her gentle, encouraging, and affirming presence is a balm for one’s […]

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Memories of being a young mother Ryan Couples Therapy Tacoma, WA

Memories of Being a Young Mother

Memories of being a young mother: I gather the flour, yeast, salt, and honey. I find the old recipe book my aunt gave me years ago when I was newly married. I haven’t made bread in years. I feel a deep uncertainty settle upon me. “It’s only making bread”, I tell myself. Why such doubt […]

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Winter The Wild-lands of Soul Ryan Couples Therapy Tacoma, WA

Winter: The Wild-lands of Soul

Winter calls the wild-lands of our soul to be held in its embrace. With its hushed colors and gray light, in the unfolding and enveloping stillness, the season invites us to root down into the core of our being. The wild-lands of winter lead us back to the wild-lands of our own soul through the […]

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Autumnal Blessings – Serpent Wisdom and Transformation – Ryan Couples Therapy Tacoma, WA

Autumn: Sacred Mystery, Serpent Wisdom, and Transformation

Autumn Blessings! Autumn is a time to return, remember, reclaim and rewild. Autumn is a time to be inspired by the mystery of the unknown, to embrace the wisdom of the serpent and the energy of transformation. A time of trusting the birth/death/rebirth cycle. A time to ground into Mother Earth’s abundance and wrap ourselves […]

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Winter Solstice image of Stonehenge – The Gift of Stillness – Ryan Couples Therapy Tacoma, WA

Winter Solstice: The Gift of Stillness

Winter solstice offers us the gift of stillness. Solstice literally means “sun stands still.” So as the winter solstice approaches, we too are invited to come into stillness. This season invites us to honor the art of stillness, to cultivate patience, to trust the waiting period ripe with potential, yet to be revealed. To trust […]

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Photo of Western Ireland – Ryan Couples Therapy Tacoma, WA

Ancestor Wisdom Surfaces as the Veil Thins

Ancestor wisdom surfaces as the veil thins between the material and the spiritual worlds this time of year. During the fall season, as the earth lets go of summer’s energy and moves toward winter’s hibernation, our ancestor spirits and guides are more available to us. But what does all of this really mean? It means […]

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