Ryan Sharma, PsyD, ABPP

Licensure and Certification

 

Licensed Psychologist, California (PSY 22160)

Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology

 

Education

 

University of Denver, Denver, CO

PsyD Clinical Psychology (August 2006)

APA-Accredited Program

     Specialty Focus: Clinical Behavioral Analysis

     Specialty Focus: Multicultural Psychology

 

Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

MA in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (April 2002)

 

Michigan State University´╗┐, East Lansing, MI

BA Psychology (December 1999)

    Additional Major in Religious Studies

 

Clinical Experience

 

I have worked with a wide variety of clients and psychological problems.  In addition to gaining experience treating anxiety disorders, I have worked with adolescents and adults experiencing problems like depression, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, alcohol and drug dependence, grief, trauma, and spiritual issues.  Much of my treatment approach involves integrating mindfulness and acceptance skills so that you can live in ways that are meaningful and valued.

 

Teaching Experience

 

I currently work full-time as the Director of Clinical Training in the doctoral program at California Lutheran University.  This means that I design and run the clinical training of students who are working towards becoming psychologists, including their initial experiences in the Community Counseling Center at CLU (our training clinic) and their external practicum placements in the community.  I also help the students in applying for their year-long internship as they prepare to complete their final training experience before graduation.

 

I also teach clinically-oriented courses that focus on psychological research and treatments.  Some of the courses I teach include:

 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - I train students in ACT through a year-long clinical experience, which includes an elective course that outlines the philosophical and empirical foundations of this evidence-based treatment.
  • Multicultural Psychology - a course that addresses how culture and context can help us better understand clients and their own unique worldviews and understanding.
  • Consultation and Supervision - introduces students to both clinical supervision and organizational consulting
  • Practicum - practicum courses are clinical in nature and designed to help students integrate their academic learning with their field experience