Brian Burns

1875 Northwestern Ave. So.
Stillwater, Minnesota 55082
United States
Office Phone: 651-439-4840
Member since 2008
Membership Type: IACP


Mental Health Professional, Mediator

COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE COACH with strong background in family, adult, and marital therapy, mental health trauma, and divorce education.

CHILD SPECIALIST with background in child and family therapy, assessment and treatment of child/adolescent mental health disorders.

Currently offering the CHILDRENS DIVORCE GROUP, a therapeutic group for children ages 7-12 focusing on helping children cope more effectively with the difficult emotions of a divorce. Please see website and contact information below for more information.

Area(s) of Practice: Child Specialist, Collaborative Law, Divorce Coach
License(s): Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Activities

Editor - Minnesota Assoc. of Marriage and Family Therapy Newsletter ~Public Outreach Committe - Collaborative Law Institute of MN ~Team Divorce Planning Committee - Collaborative Law Institute of MN

Undergraduate Education

B.S. Psychology - Brigham Young University, 1997

Postgraduate Education

M.S. Marriage & Family Therapy - University of New Hampshire, 1999
Marriage & Family Therapy Supervision - St. Mary's University, 2006

Professional Education

Treating Anxiety and Depression, Grief and Bereavement, Treating Childhood Disorders, Couples/Marital Therapy, Conflict Resolution, Family Therapy


Divorce is much more an emotional process than a legal one. While it is essential to have good legal representation to understand and move through the legal process, an attorney is not trained to identify and understand the complex emotional issues that occur in this major life crisis. The saying, 'Marriage is more than just a piece of paper' is certainly true, and it is just as true that 'Divorce is much more than signing on the dotted line.' I work hard to ensure that the collaborative process moves forward in a respectful, efficient, and effective manner. This means attending meetings, facilitating communication, pointing out areas of improvement, and giving feedback about the couple's and/or children's needs. Attorneys that I work closely with say the process works much better when a skilled Neutral Coach is working with the team. I have been working with families through separation and divorce for over 10 years, including providing therapy for children and adults, teaching parenting classes, and creating a therapeutic group for children at my current practice. I continually strive to stay sharp and up to date on the most effective tools in working with children and families, and find a lot of pleasure in getting to know each person I meet with.