I was a career Paramedic/Firefighter before going to graduate school. This is part of why working with first responders is one of my passions and my primary area of expertise. I completed my Masters in Counseling at Old Dominion University in 2009. I am licensed by the Virginia Board of Counseling as a Licensed Professional Counselor and I am certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and as a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional. My primary areas of counseling are in traumatic stress and professional burnout and compassion fatigue. I also provide counseling in couples counseling, family issues, occupational issues, life stressors, general depression, general anxiety, etc. I understand that the world is not made of perfect scenarios and not everything in treatment is going to work idealistically the first time. I see my role as a counselor as being that I help you learn the knowledge and skills to help yourself. I adapt my counseling style to my client's needs, so I will use a mix of REBT, CBT, Person-Centered, Gestalt, and Adlerian, among various other theories and methods, as needed to meet each specific individual's needs. I do not typically limit my counseling practice to any specific age or population, nor do I typically limit what issues I will help a client with in counseling, but I do use a lot of cognitive approaches that requires a level of maturity where the client is willing and able to think critically, self-reflect, and understand the interactions between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and actions. Many of my clients are people that previously had difficulty finding comfort with other counselors, so I have over the years learned to appreciate and enjoy working with people who have started losing faith in the benefits of counseling. The counseling that I provide by distance counseling platforms, such as BetterHelp, is the same as the counseling I provide in-person; my clients here get the same level of dedicated service that my in-person clients receive.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching, First Responder Issues, Military and Veterans Issues
Clinical approaches: Solution-Focused Therapy
VA LPC 0701007757
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He’s a great therapist!
Written on Nov 07, 2022 after therapy with Brian for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd
Brian understands what I’m trying to say and he never judges me. He always offers good feedback.
Written on Sep 03, 2022 after therapy with Brian for 8 months on issues concerning lgbt, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Best therapist I’ve ever had! Extremely intelligent and attentive. I’ve genuinely noticed so much improvement in my well-being since starting with him. Best decision I’ve ever made was choosing him as my therapist.
Written on Aug 14, 2022 after therapy with Brian for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd
Brian is a professional but he creates an atmosphere that makes it very easy for you to talk about anything that is concerning you. He listens but also gives you insights and he’s pretty straight forward. I liked talking to him a lot! Certainly recommend.
Written on Aug 08, 2022 after therapy with Brian for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and career difficulties
I decided Brian was not a good fit for me personally but I believe he is a wonderful therapist who is dedicated to his patients. I am just seeking something different at this time.
Written on Jul 31, 2022 after therapy with Brian for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
Brian is friendly and professional i truly feel like he listens cares and challenges me to be a better person
Written on Jul 25, 2022 after therapy with Brian for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd