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Damon Bryan, LMFT

Therapist

Damon Bryan, LMFT, is a creative and well-rounded clinician with over 15 years of experience.  He has worked in outpatient and residential settings, wilderness programs, and therapeutic boarding schools prior to joining Youth Care in 2013 Damon specializes in working with clients who have experienced trauma, those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, lower functioning clients with developmental delays, and adolescent females exhibiting borderline personality traits.

“I enjoy the energy that adolescents have, and I enjoy working with individuals in such a critical time in their development. It is enjoyable watching them try on different identities as they figure out who they are. I like residential treatment because it allows for more comprehensive care. There is inherently more information to work with as we have eyes on our clients around the clock. I also enjoy the teamwork and collaborating with other staff, therapists, etc. that is part of residential treatment.”

Damon is a systems-oriented therapist who incorporates DBT, expressive, and experiential interventions in his work with clients. He is creative and described by colleagues as “an outside of the box thinker” and a strong collaborator who is skilled at problem-solving.

After having earned his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University, Damon continued his education at the University of Rhode Island where he graduated with a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. He is trained in EMDR, DBT, and Sand Tray Therapy and has completed his AAMFT Approved Supervisor course.

Commitment and dedication to helping others heal is a family affair for the Bryans. Damon’s wife volunteers at Youth Care with one of their two dogs, who is a Certified Therapy Dog.

When not at work, Damon spends time with his wife and daughter. He is an avid outdoorsman and runner who will run “everything from a 5K to a 50K.” He also enjoys skiing and snowboarding in the winter, mountain biking in the summer, and being outdoors all year round.

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I'm very thankful for the staff at Youth Care. Our son's therapist and his other counselors were fantastic. Everyone we dealt with was caring and very professional. They challenged our son just enough and knew when and how to encourage him and to push him just the right amount. If it wasn't for Youth Care, the chances are great that our son would have overdosed or be in jail by now.

– Melissa H.