William Allen Burns, Licensed Professional Counselor in Minnesota

William Allen Burns, LPCC

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I am a psychotherapist focused on helping people with traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression to use their inner strengths to heal and thrive.

People who come to see me are often feeling irritable, having difficulty sleeping or focusing, experiencing mood swings or angry outbursts. Some people are avoiding people or places or activities out of fear or insecurity. These kinds of problems affect relationships at home and at work, our friendships, and our love relationships. They keep us from living the kind of rewarding life we really want; they keep us from thriving.

I have been a systems analyst, a college instructor, a consultant, an economist, and a researcher. As a therapist, I feel more fulfilled than in any of those other roles. In my experience as a therapist, I regularly witness people making changes to heal their pain and achieve a richer, more fulfilling life. It feeds my belief that positive change is always possible; I've seen it happen in some of the least likely places. And I would be honored to help you make the changes you want.

Beyond my degree, I have specialized training to work with people experiencing traumatic stress and unresolved losses. I was originally trained as an Adlerian psychotherapist and I continue to use that framework as an umbrella; it works as my foundation. I have also been trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and Internal Family Systems (IFS), as well as trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy. I use all these modes, depending on what helps my client. And I have been a client for all these modes of therapy as well.

I also have a long personal history with mindfulness practice, going back over 30 years. I encourage each of my clients to develop their own mindfulness practice and I help with exercises and reviews. While mindfulness has many documented health benefits, I encourage it because it helps clients with doing therapy.

If you want to find your own path to your thriving life, I'm ready to help. I will bring my compassion, curiosity, courage, and patience. And I will encourage you to bring yours.

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Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief & Loss
  • Law Enforcement/First Responders
  • Men's Issues
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Injury
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Suicidality
  • Suicide Loss
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Violence

Therapy Types

  • Adlerian Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

Community Specialties

  • Military Families
  • Trauma Survivors
  • Veterans

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$75.00 - $125.00
Sliding Scale
Pay By
Cash, Check, Health Savings Account (HSA), Paypal, Venmo, Credit Card, American Express, Mastercard, Visa

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
Licensed Professional Counselor
Professional Association(s)
Membership Type
Adler Academy of Minnesota
Board Member
American Psychological Association
North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
Adler Graduate School
MA, Adlerian Psychotherapy