Richard Burns, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: White Bear Lake

Biography

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With over 15 years of experience working in the field of mental health, I focus on clients’ needs, preferences, and strengths as the basis of my work. I am experienced in working with teens, adults, and families to address concerns including:

  • Shame, grief, loss
  • Substance abuse
  • ADHD, anxiety, stress, anger, and depression
  • PTSD, trauma, and dissociation
  • Life transitions (i.e. teen years to adulthood)
  • Parenting adolescents and children
  • Serious and persistent mental illness and mood disorders (including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.)
  • Unique challenges for immigrant, multi-ethnic couples, and families
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Client needs, preferences, and strengths form the basis of my work, with an emphasis on collaboration. I draw from several therapeutic traditions, including family systems, CBT, solution-focused therapies, as well as EMDR and other strategies for working through trauma.

By identifying strengths and hopes, my clients and I work together to define goals and a plan to reach them.  We work on effective communication, building connection, and helpful problem-solving as a means for the client to lead the life they desire.

Background

  • Master of Science, Rehabilitation Counseling, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA; Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • National Certified Counselor – National Board of Certified Counselors, Greensboro, NC

State of Minnesota Licensure

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #2365

Areas of Focus

Abuse/Violence, Academic Concerns, Acute Stress, ADHD/Learning Disorders, Adolescents/Teens, Alcoholism/Chemical Addiction/Recovery, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Couples, Crisis Intervention, Depression/Mood Disorders, Dysfunctional Families, Men's/Women's Issues, PTSD/Trauma