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Midshipmen Development Center

Ryan Sappington, M.S., M.Sc.

Ryan is a sport psychology extern at the MDC and a 4th year Counseling Psychology PhD student at the University of Maryland. Prior to UMD, Ryan earned master’s degrees in sport psychology and organizational psychology and worked in the Sport Psychology Department of the Philadelphia Union youth soccer academy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy from Bucknell University, where he was also a Division I student-athlete on the men’s soccer team. Ryan has training in the provision of individual, group, and family therapy across a range of settings, including university counseling centers and community mental health clinics. His clinical interests include anxiety, depression, racial/ethnic and LGBTQ+ identity development, relationship issues, sexual trauma, and athlete mental health and performance. His research focuses on the intersections of sport and social justice, and student-athlete mental health. In therapy, Ryan draws upon relational-cultural, psychodynamic, interpersonal, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral approaches, as well as mindfulness-based practice. He feels that therapy works best when clients enter into a safe, trusting, and collaborative space that allows them to fully explore themselves and pathways for healing and growth.

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