Year Joined: 1991
Years of Experience: 45
Bethel University - BA
University of Minnesota-Minneapolis - MSW
Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies - MA-IRCOD
ACSW, AAMFT, Board Approved Clinical Supervisor
More About Brian Nystrom
My clinical orientation intersects the Transtheoretical Model of Change, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Person-Centered, and Feedback-Informed Treatment. This rich approach locks in patient engagement. As a Licensing Board-Approved Clinical Supervisor, I truly enjoy clinical supervision focusing on the use of self, therapeutic alliance, countertransference issues, differential diagnosis, and cognitive case conceptualizations.
Having been in the helping field since 1979 working and being exposed to many facets of the mental health/substance abuse care industry-outpatient, hospitals, clinics, government entities, regulatory boards, insurance companies, etc. as well as being the employer to over 1,200 staff and creating or facilitating the creation of many programs I also consult with various entities on management issues and program design.
As a Guillain-Barre Syndrome survivor, I understand personally the dramatic way individuals and families are impacted by chronic illnesses and conditions. The GBS has given me a unique empathy for those with various medical conditions and ways to cope. Health care starts with ourselves. My “health care” consists of daily running or cycling as well as eating a diet focused more on plant-based protein and organic foods as much as possible. Balance is the key. I have been married for 42 years to Mary Ann. We have 4 adult children and 21 grandchildren (2 from Guatemala and 2 from Ethiopia). I believe that it is my duty to set the best possible example for my family so I strive and am inspired to stay engaged in life in a robust way so I can positively challenge them and give them hope for the future.