About Brian

Brian’s practice includes individual, couples and family therapy.  He works with families who are experiencing difficulties with adolescents, couples who are experiencing relationship distress or emotional/sexual intimacy problems, and individual adults or adolescents experiencing mental, emotional, sexual and spiritual problems which may include depression, anxiety, stress, confusion, sadness, grief, fear and trauma.

Brian is known for his warmth and compassion, his ability to engage and join with  people, and his capacity to hold a safe healing environment for his clients.  He believes strongly in the importance of connection to self, to family, to community, and to the larger environmental systems that surround us.  To learn more about his training and experience click on the Education & Experience link to the left.  To learn more about his work click on Therapeutic Approach at left.

Brian has worked in the helping profession for over 20 years. He has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings as a counselor/psychotherapist. These settings include,  Good Samaritan Behavioral Health Services, Comprehensive Mental Health, Evergreen State College Student Health Services Counseling Office, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Family Reconciliation Services Program as a contract family therapist, Community Youth Services and in the private practice sector for eleven years now. For several years of his life he was an Outward Bound instructor leading groups of adults and youth through life-changing/transformational experiences in remote mountain and wilderness areas around the United States.

He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and of the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.    He is the former Chair of the Washington State Department of Health Mental Health Advisory Commission for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed  Social Workers and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and a former board member and legislative committee chair for the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.  He is a former Internal Family Systems Lead  Trainer and has five years of post-graduate clinical training in the Internal Family Systems Therapy model and recently his article, “Standing At The Edge of the Abyss: Risk Taking, Transcendence and the Art of Letting Go“, was accepted for publication in the Journal of Self Leadership.

  • Circumstances

    • Relationship Issues
    • Major Life Changes
    • Separation/Divorce Physical/Emotional Abuse
    • Sexual Abuse/AssaultTraumaParenting
    • Loss

    • Death/Dying

    • Sexual Issues

    • Difficultly Sleeping

    • Spiritual Crisis

    • Spiritual Development

  • Behaviors

    • Socially Withdrawn From Others
    • Avoidance, Aggression: emotional/verbal/physical
    • Compulsive or Obsessive use of: alcohol, drugs, food, T.V., sex, computer, shopping
    • Child/Adolescent Problems
    • Obsessive
    • Impulsive
    • Hyperactive
    • Distractibility
    • Self Harm
  • Emotions

    • Depression

    • Anxiety/Worry/Panic

    • Agitation/Anger/Frustration

    • Sadness/Despair

    • Grief

    • Hopelessness

    • Fear/Terror

    • Mood Swings

    • Anger

    • Shame/Guilt

    • Loneliness

  • Thoughts


    • Difficulty with concentration/attention

    • Recurrent/intrusive thoughts

    • I am worthless

    • I am always scared

    • I can’t do anything right

    • I’m not lovable

    • Everything is my fault

    • I’m alone

    • I’ll always feel this way

    • It will always be this way