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 Faithful Counseling, 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. I use Christian counseling approaches when requested to do so, but otherwise allow my clients to introduce integrating their faith into the counseling process as they see fit. When I use a Christian based approach in counseling, I like to get directly into the Bible with my clients so that as they grow in the area of focus they sought counseling for, they also grow in their walk with the Lord, and both the client and I are assured that the therapy and the techniques used are from an actual Biblical perspective instead of from a social misinterpretation of the Word.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
- Career difficulties
- Compassion fatigue
I also have experience in Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Coaching
LPC #0701007757 (Expires: 2020-06-01)
Brian is patient and understanding and he has been very helpful. I appreciate homework and follow up that he has provided along the way.