Approach To Care
Dr. Van Wyk is a relationally oriented psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma, PTSD and dissociative disorders. His work is specifically informed by Interpersonal neurobiology, an interdisciplinary field that synthesizes the latest findings from the fields of mindfulness, neuroscience, attachment, and other consilient disciplines to inform an understanding of both the person and the therapeutic process.
Dr. Van Wyk believes that one of the functions of therapy is to help people become more aware of patterns of thought and behavior and then make changes to live more consistent with their values and become the people that they want to be. Dr. Van Wyk has a particular interest in helping people heal from trauma which has led to an ongoing pursuit of training and education in how to effectively help traumatized people heal.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Religion – St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
- Master’s Degree in Theology – Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Theology
- Master’s Degree in Psychology, Doctorate of Psychology and Clinical Psychology – Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology
- Pre-doctoral Internship and Post-doctoral Fellowship – Hazelden Foundation (now Hazelden/Betty Ford Foundation)
Dr. Van Wyk completed trainings in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (a body-centered approach to working with trauma), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), a psychodynamic model of therapy utilizing relationally embedded emotional mindfulness as a way of healing past relational trauma.
He is also familiar with Internal Family Systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness based approaches. He has also completed advanced training in working with dissociation in therapy and dissociative disorders.
Dr. Van Wyk has served in the Minnesota Army National Guard for over a decade, most of that time as a behavioral health officer. He currently holds the rank of captain.
He is the founder of a non-profit organization called MN Trauma Project, which coordinates workshops and learning opportunities for professionals as well as community awareness events about trauma and how to help people heal.
Dr. Van Wyk enjoys traveling, attending live music performances, trying new restaurants, and watching movies. He also loves the outdoors and exploring our state and national parks.