Brian Shapiro

(M.S., L.M.F.T.)

About Me

Hello! Very nice to meet you! While I do not yet know you personally, clients have often told me that seeking out a therapist for yourself can be an exciting, challenging and sometimes stressful experience in itself! Which therapist will I be able to relate to? Which therapist might best understand me and my own unique feelings and life experiences? It takes real courage to take this first step on this journey toward self-discovery and change. Perhaps you will choose me to be the one to help guide you.
I have over 35 years of experience in practice as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, first in California, and then in Idaho. A Masters Level graduate of the University of Southern California's (USC) Graduate School of Counseling, I have extensive experience working with both individuals and couples, along with families in many different settings and from many different backgrounds .

One specialty area of my practice has been devoted to assisting survivors of physical, sexual, and emotional trauma and abuse, including survivors of childhood abuse and neglect and domestic violence. Survivors of such abuse can sometimes suffer from after effects of trauma, such as emotional difficulties, problems with trusting others, anxiety and panic type attacks, and ongoing physical ailments. This kind of post traumatic stress (PTSD) can manifest itself in survivors of childhood and domestic violence.

Sometimes these past experiences can be the cause of problems in the bedroom, including sexual dysfunction, trust issues, and problems with sexual intimacy. The good news is that these problems are treatable. If this sounds like you, let me help you with this. The worst thing you can do is nothing.

My approach to the counseling experience is simple and straightforward. I believe that most everyone has the potential to learn, grow, and ultimately change if they so desire. For many, this process of self exploration is unfamiliar and even the thought of it can be anxiety provoking at first. For others, there is a sense of relief at finally disclosing to another human being the often hidden thoughts and feelings they have been experiencing and perhaps suffering from for so long. I am first and always a caring, empathetic, and emotionally supportive listener. You set the pace of this process. I am here to help guide and assist you.

I work in various treatment modalities, and you will often hear therapists advertise about the types of treatments they utilize. Words such as cognitive, or cognitive behavioral, or psychodynamic are often used. Rather than telling you which approach is best, I will instead direct your attention to the numerous studies conducted over many years now which largely agree on one thing. Mainly, that the relationship which develops between the therapist and the client is single most important factor in achieving successful outcomes. And while required continuing education courses keep all clinicians current in this ever changing field, I believe that it is the personal characteristics of the therapist you choose to be most important. The therapist you choose should be skilled in fostering a positive, empathetic, and caring therapeutic relationship in which the client can safe to explore and discover themselves at their own pace with the therapist guiding and encouraging, but not dictating, their progress.

I believe you will find me capable of fostering a positive and caring relationship with you which you will find to be emotionally supportive as well as solution focused, and tailored to your specific needs.


Specialties

  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Intimacy-related issues

I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Depression

Years of Experience: 35

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMFT #LMFT - 32 (Expires: 2019-09-30)


Reviews

Written by G.R. on Sep 11, 2018 after counseling with Brian for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and career

Brian has been a tremendous help to me and the relationship with my partner. He has helped me deal with the loss of my parents as well as friendships that have ended with no explanation. I couldn't be happier that I have found such a wonderful counselor and confidant.

Written by T.R. on Jul 02, 2018 after counseling with Brian for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, and bipolar

Brian is extremely empathetic and very well-informed. Basically all the best qualities one could ask for in a counselor. I'm beyond grateful for the time he's so graciously put into helping me during a time of crisis, and I value what he's taught me. Thank you!!

Written by M.A. on Jun 25, 2018 after counseling with Brian for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Amazing support quick response very knowledgable and friendly

Written by A.N. on Jun 12, 2018 after counseling with Brian for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, trauma and abuse, and anger

Brian has led me on my “first foray” into the world of counseling/therapy. Starting quite skeptically, I am pleased to say that his rational, well considered, and professional approach has been an eye-opener as to how this kind of support can really make a difference and give us the tools we need to be healthier of mind.

Written by J.O. on May 28, 2018 after counseling with Brian for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, and anger

Brian is very helpful with his insights and experience. He offers a variety of different methods and times to communicate in. You can feel Brian's smile and positive energy through his voice and definitely during video chats. Overall, a great individual and very beneficial as a counsellor.

Written by G.U. on May 13, 2018 after counseling with Brian for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship, and family

Brian is an amazing person, He saved my marriage at the last minute when I just asked for advice before going for divorce. I would recommend him to anyone in difficult relationship situation.