Welcome everyone!


My name is Ryan Campinho Valadas, but you can just call me Ryan. On this website, you will get to know about some of the work that I do, request information about any of my services, and read some personal insights and reflections, through my blog.

My intention is to inspire personal change, encourage reflection and insight, and foster human connections.



I am, and do, many things, and one of those things is therapy. I have extensive experience in adult mental health in the fields of addiction, HIV, and trauma; in youth work across a range of different backgrounds and contexts; and now as a clinical manager in education.

I am also an avid reader of psychology, personal development, and spirituality books; a blogger; a writer; an academic editor; a reviewer of queer fringe theatre and performance; a lecturer and speaker; a believer in humanity; a student of life.

I believe and engage with healing as a continuous, never-ending process, as a healing continuum. Here, we heal by welcoming and integrating emotions (#Feel). With compassion (#Love). By using traumatic experiences as a catalyst for growth (#Grow). In relationship (#Connect).

I believe that becoming wounded is inevitable, but remaining wounded is an option.

I help people heal and grow, through an approach that focuses on unconscious processescreativity and active imagination.

Through play, based on imagination, and departing from our personal experiences, we are able to reflect on our patterns of behaviour and take a non-judgmental look at ourselves.
— Group Dramatherapy Client
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There is no right or wrong way to heal. All we can ever do is try our best, and follow the clues that life presents us with, in its continuum of gradual experiences and stages. Each stage is meaningful and valid.  

Each stage helps us to #Feel, #Love, #Grow, and #Connect more.

We do this creatively, by using our active imagination for self-development.

To find out more, head over to the About sections.

Through the use of a range of creative techniques during sessions, Ryan skillfully and intuitively guided me to explore these aspects of myself, helping me to uncover and add more pieces to the jigsaw puzzle that is me, and develop a little more understanding, acceptance and compassion for myself.
— 1:1 Dramatherapy Client