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Formerly St. Louis Center for Family Development

Ryan R. Lindsay, MSW, LCSW

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

• Master of Social Work – University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
• Fellowship – Department of Psychiatry and Social Work, University of Michigan Health Center
• DBT-Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC)

Areas of Expertise:
• Anxiety
• Borderline Personality Disorder
• Depression
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Self-Injurious Behaviors
• Suicidal Ideation

Treatments Provided:
• Behavioral Activation
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adolescents and families
• Family Systems
• Interpersonal Psychotherapy
• Motivational Interviewing
• Prolonged Exposure Therapy
• Unified Protocol

Ryan Lindsay co-founded Sparlin Mental Health in January 2009, where he currently serves as COO. In this role, he provides leadership and vision for organizational growth and development. In addition, he provides training on a variety of evidence-based tactics to the team of Mental Health Providers. Ryan is also an Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Practice at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Ryan’s career interests were inspired by his desire to be compassionate in helping others achieve happiness. Ryan has served in several different clinical and consulting roles over the course of more than 15 years in the social work field, including: completing a post-graduate fellowship at the University of Michigan, co-founding a private practice in Ann Arbor, providing outpatient services for Michigan county government, supervising the Family Reunification Program at Great Circle in St. Louis, and implementing adolescent DBT programs as a consultant for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. In 2014, Ryan was named to Social Work Today Magazine’s “10 Most Deserving and Dedicated Social Workers” list.

After moving to Michigan for graduate school, Ryan returned to his native St. Louis in 2008 to be closer to family. Among his many hobbies, Ryan plays the alto saxophone and plays tennis weekly. He is also an avid chef, and regularly studies and practices cooking techniques. Ryan and his husband have one dog, Bernice.

Contact Ryan at, or (314) 531-1155.

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