Melissa Tilleman Ryan M.S., LPC, NCC
Born in Montana, raised in Oregon, educated in Oregon, France, Colorado, and Wyoming, Melissa is happy to be currently residing in beautiful Colorado with her adventurous, native Coloradan spouse. Melissa believes that one of the best ways to grow as an individual is through our intimate relationships. She enjoys helping romantic partners bring forth their individual and relational strengths, talents, and gifts for the benefit of co-creating a great intimate relationship between them.
Both personally and professionally, Melissa has directly experienced the different challenges families face before, during, and after a divorce as well as, the ongoing process of blending families. She has had the pleasure and honor of facilitating and witnessing the transformative power of counseling for romantic relationships, families, and individuals of all ages impacted by significant family transitions. Melissa has received formal relationship therapy training and supervision. She continues to pursue research based training for marriage and relationship therapy and has received training in Terry Real's Relational Life Therapy.
Melissa believes that romantic partners who play together, stay together and lives this motto in her own life. Melissa and her spouse prioritize going on frequent and regular adventures together. They travel around in their camper mountain biking, skiing, timber sledding, kiteboarding, meditating, doing yoga, eating delicious food, and visiting friends and family. Melissa enjoys working with intimate partners to help them identify and nurture what brings them joy in their relationship with one another. She utilizes experience and nature based therapies to help romantic partners have fun together in therapy sessions while also acquiring new skills to face life's challenges.
Melissa serves as Secretary on the board of Colorado Association of Psychotherapists, an organization dedicated to expanding access to mental health services for all Colorado residents. In addition to her passion for learning and mental health advocacy, Melissa also loves to cook and garden and is pursuing a certificate in Horticultural Therapy through the Horticulture Therapy Institute, a Colorado State University accredited program.