John received his Master of Science in Counseling from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa; and his undergraduate degree a BS in Liberal Arts/Psychology. John is also an adjunct faculty at Drake University and currently teaches Psychiatric Disorders, the DSM class within the graduate program for future LMHCs; he has taught this since fall semester of 2019. Prior to counseling John worked with children and adults with developmental, physical, cognitive needs. After graduating from graduate school John worked at New Beginnings Counseling Services. After 5 years (fully licensed) and 7 years total (provisional and full) John moved to private practice at Bisenius Counseling (creative name, right?). He has worked in private practice since February of 2020 in West Des Moines, and building a private practice in the midst of a pandemic was an interesting experience. John works with children and adults with neurotypical adolescents and adults, individuals with cognitive delays, ASD, and neuro-atypical individuals. John has taken trainings in EMDR, ACT, DBT, Polyvagal, and most recently completed training in Safe and Sound Protocol under the Polyvagal therapy/theory; which he hopes to integrate into his practice in the near future! John has been a part of the conference committee for several years, and most recently applied and accepted this position, the networking and communications chair.