Mr. John M Bjerum, LSCSW, LCAC

Preferred Name: John

About Me

John is a State of Kansas Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor, and an independent practitioner at The Therapy Center Eastside Office. John has over 12 years of experience providing psychotherapy and assessments to people of all ages. His current practice is primarily focused on work with adults of any age. John employs a validating, nonjudgmental, and collaborative approach to create genuine connections. He is passionate about joining with individuals and helping them to build on their strengths, heal from their past, find peace in the present, and establish new skills to create a preferred future. John utilizes multiple evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Based Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma Informed Care. John individualizes his approach to meet the needs and goals of each client. John has experience and is honored to work with individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, self-injury, suicidal ideation, gender and sexuality issues, phase of life issues, transitional stress, phobias, addictions, and personality disorders. He has specific interest and expertise in treating and resolving complex childhood trauma and the related symptoms of dissociation, flashbacks, nightmares, and hypervigilance. John has been described by others as approachable, patient, sincere, calm, funny, and empathetic.

Education & Experience

John began his work in the mental health field as an attendant care worker at Prairie View in Newton, Kansas. He earned his undergraduate degree in Social Work from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas and focused his work on children and families. After John earned his Master of Social Work degree at Newman University, he began working for COMCARE of Sedgwick County where he served in various roles, most recently as a crisis clinician in their Community Crisis Center. John also has experience as a marriage educator, resource parent trainer, adjunct social work professor, practicum field supervisor, and Emergency Department LSCSW at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

NASW, EMDRIA, Bethel College Social Work Advisory Board

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Gender Identity
  • Mood Disorders
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Somatic Issues
  • Suicide Risk
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • First Responders
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Underserved


  • English


  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Magellan Health
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Sliding Scale
  • UnitedHealth