Hi, I’m Brian McIntosh, a licensed therapist and certified counselor with 15 years’ experience in bringing successful mental health therapy and addictions treatment to adults, children, couples, and families. I specialize in helping clients to better cope with past and present trauma, with negative emotions like anxiety, depression, and anger, with substance and/or addiction problems, with self-esteem, motivation, or confidence issues, and with solving family conflicts.
My counseling style is supportive, laid back, reality-based, and without judgment. Your being safe and having trust are important aspects of our working together! Let’s create an open and comfortable environment where thoughts, feelings, ideas, and hopes are shared in trust and confidence. Let’s build your strengths to overcome obstacles, use the best researched and evidence-based practices to develop positive thoughts and behaviors, and move you forward in healthier ways- with improved thoughts, feelings, actions, and spirit.
Congratulations to you! It takes courage to take these first steps towards a change. It is okay to want a more fulfilling and happier relationship, mind, day, or life- truth is, you deserve them! I am here to support and empower you in that journey. Please contact me and let’s improve your life together!
Additional areas of focus: Adoption and Foster Care, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Control Issues, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, First Responder Issues, Guilt and Shame, HIV / AIDS, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
IL LCSW 149.021480
Brian is great. He is really patient and understanding. He listens to my concerns and helps me with the right tools.
Written on May 19, 2023 after therapy with Brian for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Brian has been great so far. Looking forward to working with him more.
Written on Apr 05, 2023 after therapy with Brian for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
He’s amazing. I love him. He gives me the best advice
Written on Apr 04, 2023 after therapy with Brian for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Brian is amazing and probably the best therapist I have ever had. I’ve had many poor experiences with “traditional” mental healthcare delivery methods. I feel like Brian has walked more than a mile in my shoes and establishing rapport was effortless. He is very supportive and has had a huge impact on changing my mind about therapy and the benefits it provides in general. I actually make, keep, enjoy and see the miraculous benefits of our appointments.
Written on Jan 20, 2023 after therapy with Brian for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Professional and very detailed approach to my problem.
Written on Dec 22, 2022 after therapy with Brian for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, and sleeping disorders
Amazing, thoughtful and helpful. I fully recommend him.
Written on Dec 14, 2022 after therapy with Brian for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties