Patrick Byrnes

Patrick Byrnes is an Advanced Psychotherapy Fellow here at Psychiatric and Psychological Specialties. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, he spent much of his schooling learning to play the trumpet and later attended University of Wisconsin-Madison for trumpet performance. After taking his first class in psychology, however, he changed paths and eventually graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. Patrick later attended Indiana University-Bloomington, where he attained his M.S. and Ed.S. in Counseling and Mental Health Counseling. Patrick has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including private practice, university drug and alcohol counseling centers, community addiction centers, and community mental health centers. His clinical experiences include working with groups, couples, individuals, children, and employees.

Patrick enjoys an eclectic and integrative approach to psychotherapy and health. This includes psychodynamic, family systems, humanistic, multicultural, and mindfulness-focused treatments. Patrick’s specific interests include how culture impacts our experience of the world, how our relationships affect who we are, and how we create meaning in our lives. Patrick strives to create a safe, collaborative, and authentic environment in which clients can take risks and be their true selves. In addition, he believes the effectiveness of therapy lies on multiple levels. These include psychoeducation, corrective emotional experiences, and insight. Patrick believes that everyone has a unique and important story to tell and is grateful to be a part of the therapeutic process.

“Through others we become ourselves.”
Lev S. Vygotsky