Tom Hegblom

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Tom Hegblom


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Tom Hegblom, Ph.D., LPCC, LADC, NCC (he/him/his) received his Master’s in Co-Occurring Disorders Counseling (addiction and mental health) from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies (Center City, MN) and his Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Walden University (Minneapolis, MN). Tom completed his doctoral dissertation on the self-efficacy of counselors-in-training working with transgender and gender non-conforming clients.

Tom’s approach in the therapeutic setting is rooted in authenticity, genuineness, warmth, and trust. Creating a safe space for clients to identify, learn about, process, and navigate some of their most vulnerable internal and external challenges is important to him. Tom has experience working with substance use disorders, mood disorders, grief and loss, and trauma, among other challenges. Additionally, Tom specializes in sexual and gender identity issues among members of the LGBTQIA+ community (of which he is also a member). Tom’s approach in counseling is integrated, but he often employs collaborative strengths-based, client-centered techniques. Tom is aligned with cognitive behavioral approaches, rational-emotive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, feminist theory, and solution-focused work. When working with substance use disorders, Tom has experience using a Twelve Step approach along with harm reduction models.

Tom currently serves as a resident faculty member in the Integrated Behavioral Health and Addiction Counseling programs, part of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) in Minnesota. Tom’s teaching and research interests include ethical considerations within the counseling field, postmodern counseling theories, culture and human diversity issues, expanding critical thinking among counselors, and developing the self-efficacy of counseling students. In addition to his full-time work in the classroom, Tom enjoys providing counseling services to clients on a part-time basis at LynLake Centers for Wellbeing.

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