Ryan Van Wyk

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Ryan Van Wyk is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in St. Louis Park and St. Paul, Minnesota.  He is the founder of  MN Trauma Project, an organization that aims to increase accessibility to trauma informed care in the state of MN and that is moving towards non-profit status.

Ryan is a Captain and behavioral health officer in the MN Army National Guard. He currently works full time for the Melrose Center, an eating disorders treatment center, where he is one of the lead therapists in a co-occurring disorders program treating eating and substance use disorders.

The Quote

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.
Ernest Hemingway

What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?

Ryan shares his experiences of growing up and how the difficulties he had in elementary school shaped and influenced his journey into helping people who had been hurt and traumatized.

Ryan’s Why

For me, it’s the miracle of watching people come back to life.

Ryan’s advice

  • First and foremost, you’ve got to do your own work. Find avenues of knowing yourself.
  • Take a variety of trainings.
  • Get connected–with supervisors, with peer consultation, with other groups and like-minded thinkers.

Ryan’s go-to books

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