Dr. Brian Gustman

(PhD)

About Me

Hi! I am a licensed psychologist in Colorado, who has been providing counseling and therapy to individuals for just over a decade. Most often, I work with individuals who are experiencing symptoms related to anxiety/panic (including agoraphobia and social anxiety), depression or hopelessness, acute or posttraumatic stress (from human-produced or natural events), stress related to oppressed identities (racial/ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, dis/abilities, and neurodiversity), and parenting stress (attachment, foster/adoption, children with emotional/behavioral and developmental disabilities).

Often, my clients tell me that they have reached the point where they have had “Enough.” Frequently, they have tried a number of different ways to try to address their concerns, and have been frustrated when nothing seems to work, or at least work consistently. They describe mental, emotional, and physical fatigue, that show up at some pretty inopportune times, keep them from doing things they want or need to do, and from being their true self.

My primary approach to counseling is cognitive-behavioral therapy. I am both about the science and art of therapy, and this approach has the broadest evidence of effectiveness for a variety of different areas of concern. I adjust my approach to fit the various needs of my clients, and you will likely benefit from my approach if you like some structure/agenda setting, deepening your understanding of your current difficulties, and learning skills/strategies to use in your daily life to reduce and address your areas of difficulty. In sessions, clients frequently comment how they appreciate my calmness and acceptance of who they are and where they are. My primary goal in counseling is to give psychology away; this means I want to support you in better understanding your personal psychology, recognizing areas of strength and difficulty, and your ability to live more confidently and meaningfully, even after counseling is done.

Whether you have already reached the point where enough is enough, you are concerned that may get there, or you want to better understand yourself and your needs, I encourage you to take that next step and reach out.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Grief , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

Psychologist #PSY.0005139 (Expires: 2021-08-31)


Reviews

Written by C.A. on Sep 15, 2020 after counseling with Brian for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

Dr. Gustman and I have been working together for a while now. I suffer from anxiety and depression due to the traumatic loss of my brother. Dr. Gustman is patient, respectful, and empathic. He has created a space where I can evaluate my feelings in a safe place with guidance and helpful suggestions. I am incredibly grateful for Dr. Gustman and his help as I navigate my trauma and work to build a healthier future.

Written by Z.A. on Aug 11, 2020 after counseling with Brian for 1 month on issues concerning depression, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Gustman is very attentive and empathetic which provided a much needed source of insight into my own symptoms of depression and opportunities to start working through them. For that I am grateful, and would recommend him to others!

Written by S.H. on Jul 20, 2020 after counseling with Brian for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd

he's been great thus far and excited to move forward!