Troy Bruns


About Me

An ideal client is one who is being just who they are in spite of all the challenges or concerns they may be dealing with.

I have weekend and some evening hours.

I work as a counselor and as an instructor for SUDC students at CVTC. I have a masters degree in counseling from the University of Iowa and am credentialed with a LPC and CSAC in Wisconsin. I work with persons who have issues related to emotional well-being, whether mental health, adjustment related, substance-use related, or couple's issues.

I have worked in a private practice setting for 12 years. I have experience with emergency work at a ER (primary suicidal assessments). I have worked in substance use disorder agencies (hospitals and clinics, inpatient and outpatient, small non-profit and a few which are profit-based). I have extensive work with employee assistance counseling. I have also worked with clients with correctional issues.

Getting to understand what one is going through is a priority. Developing a working alliance with that person is essential. Patient empowerment and collaborative problem solving are cued in on.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Relationship issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD
Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPC #3161-125 (Expires: 2023-02-28)


Written by A.Z. on Jun 10, 2021 after counseling with Troy for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Troy is patient and kind, checks in on me when I don't message for extended periods. He's been supportive of my nonbinary identity and regularly shares resources with me that he thinks will help me or give new insights. I'm glad this seems to be a good fit for me.

Written by G.A. on Apr 10, 2021 after counseling with Troy for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

I appreciate his willingness to simply text most of the time as I dont have time for phone or video conferences during the week

Written by F.R. on Jan 21, 2021 after counseling with Troy for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, and adhd

I really have loved working with Troy, he is very responsive to my needs and has been honestly lifesaving. I highly recommend him to anyone who is LGBTQ+ or who is dealing with general depression/anxiety. He is knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ struggles and helps me better communicate my needs surrounding my identity. Also love that BetterHelp is so accessible, I have done more traditional therapy methods in the past but found it difficult to maintain because of my schedule and how my anxiety around scheduling appointments. However, BetterHelp it makes it much easier and I can have a therapy appointment in my own room where I am already comfortable.

Written by N.A. on Jul 05, 2020 after counseling with Troy for 1 month on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Troy was a large help to me as I navigated through a hard time with some difficult relationships in my life. He gave me a space to express my feelings, actively listened to them, and then provided insight that helped me see a positive perspective. After speaking with Troy, I saw myself in a much better light, which has been a mental struggle of mine. Thank you, Troy!

Written by A.N. on May 06, 2020 after counseling with Troy for 2 weeks

So far I am very happy with the service. It fits my busy life and doesnt require me to get a babysitter for a single session at the same cost.