Category Archives for On Being Human


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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Stepping Into the River's Flow Ryan Couples Therapy Tacoma, WA

Stepping Into the River’s Flow

So much of my life has been accepting of and ruled by binary thinking. Either this or that, black or white, light or dark, good or bad, straight or gay, female or male, young or old, healthy or unhealthy. I realized how much I have been harmed by this rigid way of thinking. How this […]

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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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The Four Roots of Wild Belonging Ryan Couples Therapy Tacoma, WA

The Four Roots of Wild Belonging

We all want to belong. To have a soft place to land that holds us and protects us. A place that supports us, offers understanding, acceptance, and encourages us to thrive. A place in which we can be our truest, most authentic self, and experience unconditional love.  But in today’s world, true belonging is continuously […]

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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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thread of life

The Thread of Life: Remembering my Ancestors’ Ways of Creating the Tapestry

These spring mornings, when I rise and cup my coffee in my barely awake hands, my eyes focus on the sun-lit tree tops outside my window. Small patches of sunlight, filtering in and landing on the highest branches of the trees with such subtlety one can easily miss this. So much more dominant, and easily […]

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