Leo Ryan (deceased 2019) was a counsellor for the major part of his working life. Early in his career he became aware of the number of female clients who were being abused by their husbands/partners/boyfriends and was determined to help.
His book, An Extraordinary Relationship, highlights his conclusions gained from years of counselling, showing it is possible for most people to bring on the changes needed to have a great relationship.
Married for over thirty years, Leo had a son and daughter; his wife, Gunilla, had a daughter; and they had seven grandchildren. Leo gained a social work degree from Flinders University, worked in Adelaide and Canberra, and later in his life, he lived in Sydney.