Brittany Van Buskirk, MA

Everybody is worthy of the space and opportunity to heal, though the process likely looks different for each individual. My first goal in therapy is to create a safe, secure, and nonjudgmental environment where we can work together toward healing. I work to understand each person’s unique position in life, including their values, strengths, needs, and emotions. From there, I aim to help you explore, process, connect, and grow.

Therapy should be a space where all topics and emotions are welcome. Sometimes we discover issues that are uncomfortable or feel shameful to talk about but give the most relief when we are able to speak them aloud. I aim to make these topics feel just a little more comfortable and give the opportunity to process them free of judgment. This comes from my passion and experience working in sexual health, where I aim to empower individuals to engage in healthy relationships with their bodies and sexuality as facets of their overall wellbeing.

At CARE, I provide individual, client-centered therapy to adults of all genders. I am trained from a feminist-multicultural perspective and have specialized experience working with complex trauma and dissociative abilities. I especially enjoy working with members of the queer community, medical and mental health care providers, and other professionals. I tend to bring humor into my relationships and love working with others who are willing to bring a few laughs into the room.

I come from a lifelong passion for learning. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hamline University and my Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Currently, I remain at St. Mary’s and am working toward my Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. I am currently working under supervision as I pursue my PsyD. When I am not working or studying, I love to cross stitch, explore interesting new foods, and cuddle with my opinionated, geriatric cat. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and growing together!

education

PsyD — St. Mary’s University of Minnesota

M.A. — St. Mary’s University of Minnesota

B.A. — Hamline University

clinical experience

CARE Counseling (Present)

People Incorporated (Present)

Parker Collins Family Mental Health

St. Olaf College Counseling Center

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SPECIALTIES

Sexuality

Sexual Health

Gender

Trauma and Abuse

College Students

Young Adults

Vocational Issues

Depression

Anxiety

Values and Identity

Adjustment and Transitions

In network with

CARE’s Clinicians are In-Network with a variety of providers including:

  • BCBS – Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • MHCP – MA
  • Medical Assistance
  • PreferredOne
  • UCare
  • HealthPartners
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Hennepin Health

Additionally, Out of Network & Out of Pocket options are available.

resources

Understanding research and the root cause of common psychological issues is a great first step to creating a healthier you!

What is Trauma and How Can Therapy Help? Trauma Handout