Ryan Jaarsma, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Ryan Jaarsma recently moved to the Campus Clinic to get back to his roots as a practicing psychologist. Although he has worn several different “hats” for Pine Rest (including Manager at the Southwest Clinic, Executive Director of the Family Institute and Training Director for the Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship program), he keeps coming back to the work that he is most passionate about – working with clients and their families. Dr. Jaarsma states, “I love working with individuals, couples and families to help bring about emotional and relational healing. Every person has a unique story, with difficulties and hurts they’ve encountered on their journey. What makes therapy special is the opportunity to see how problems can be worked through and how life can be improved. I will listen to you (and your family member) to understand your situation and provide feedback to help you grow, gain insight, and feel better. The best therapy is a collaborative enterprise with a healthy mix of support and challenge. I look forward to meeting you and working together in that process.
Dr. Jaarsma’s approach integrates cognitive-behavioral, dynamic and systemic tools into therapy, based on the client’s needs and issues. He is an active member of the Perinatal Mood Disorder group and the Faith Community Outreach initiative at Pine Rest. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in 1998, has been married for 13 years and has three children aged 10, 8 and 5. He also enjoys hiking in the mountains, going to outdoor concerts with his wife, and playing sports with his kids.
Ryan is passionate about seeing how the Lord can bring healing through the therapeutic process in his clients’ lives. He actively prays for clients and looks for sensitive ways to invite spiritual themes into the therapy hour. His therapeutic approach is one of integrating Christian thought and the discernment of the Holy Spirit with that of cognitive-behavioral tools in psychology. His influences include Christian Psychologists McMinn, Cloud, Townsend, Stan Jones, and Ed Shafranske.
Ryan states, “I love working with individuals and families especially to help bring healing and improved patterns of communication. I will listen to you (and your family member), try to understand your situation, and make suggestions to help you grow, gain insight, and feel better. Effective therapy is a collaborative enterprise and a mixture of support and challenge. I look forward to meeting you and working together.”
- Adoption / Foster Care Issues
- Anxiety Disorders
- Childhood Behavior Problems
- Couple / Marital Relationship Issues
- Family, Parent, and Child Issues
- Mood Disorders (Depression / Bipolar Disorder)
- Spiritual / Religious Issues
- Campus Clinic
300 68th Street SE (Pine Rest Campus)
Grand Rapids MI, 49548