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Ryan Gardner

Peninsula Counseling & Consulting's CEO

Peninsula Counseling & Consulting’s President and CEO, Ryan Gardner (he/him/his) is originally from the Bay Area, and brings with him an extensive education and training from top academic institutions related to psychology, social work, and business. With over 15 years of professional experience as a direct service provider, supervisor, and consultant, he has worked in government, Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), and non-profit community-based organization settings.  Specializing in Serious Mental Illness (SMI) –treating consumers with Depression, Bipolar, Psychosis, and PTSD–Ryan is well-versed in many of today’s Evidence-Based Practices.  He is also a trauma therapist, achieving the rank of EMDR Certification.  An advocate for change, Ryan is a Board member of a mental health advocacy group.  Infusing clinical, administrative, operational, and financial knowledge, Ryan’s diverse and comprehensive skill-set results in quality services.

Ryan is licensed to practice therapy in California, North Carolina, Colorado, Virginia, Minnesota, and Florida.

Outside of work, Ryan enjoys traveling, photography, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Feel free to contact Ryan to learn more about how he can be of assistance to you.


  • MBA, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • MSW, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with concentrations in Mental Health, Interpersonal Practice and Management.
  • BA, Psychology, The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Post-Master’s Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Oriented Services, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in California (#28767).
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in North Carolina (#C015806).
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Colorado (#09929222).
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Telehealth provider in Florida (#722). 
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Virginia (#0904015498).
  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Minnesota (#32736).

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Certifications & Trainings:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified
  • Board Certified Diplomat (BCD)
  • Academy Of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
  • Qualified Clinical Social Worker (QCSW)
  • Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager (C-ASWCM) 
  • Certified Social Worker In Health Care (C-SWHC)
  • Master Trainer, Social Skills Training



  • Individual, group, and family psychotherapist for children, adolescents and adults
  • Emergency departments, acute inpatient psychiatry, mobile crisis, outpatient mental health clinics, residential, and milieu-based programs
  • Crisis management for children, adolescents and adults.
  • Case management, clinical consultation for adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders
  • Applied behavior analysis (ABA) training for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (including training from Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas at UCLA)
  • Social Skills Training Master Trainer
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Clinical supervisor for trainees and peer support providers

Administrative Experience:

  • Senior Executive (C-Suite)
  • Tech Startups
  • Behavioral Health Director
  • Board of Directors
  • Program Director (Assertive Community Treatment Team, Peer Support, Day Rehabilitation, Disruptive Behavior)
  • Residential Treatment Programs (For Dual-diagnosed / Co-occurring Disorders)
  • Accreditation Preparation (e.g., CARF, TJC)
  • Research Assistant
  • Budgets
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Policy & Procedures
  • Workflows 

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