Brian has been in the addiction/mental health field since 1993. He has been described as practical, realistic, and down-to-earth therapist who is naturally inquisitive and goal oriented. He brings his warm and light hearted sense of humor to the therapy process, as he has learned that the best way to lead a person toward wellbeing and happiness is to make the psychotherapy process relaxed, enjoyable and non-judgmental. But when necessary, Brian has a serious side, as addictions are for many, can be a life or death problem.
Brian relies on several different psychotherapy approaches as he doesn't believe in a "one size fits all" approach to psychotherapy. Whenever possible, he uses evidence-based practices (EBP) which relies on the thorough, careful and thoughtful uses. He strives to have an immediate impact on his clients so that he can expedite their goals and desires for mental health, happiness and comfort.
Other than working as an individual therapist, Brian enjoys and is skilled with family, couples or marital therapy, and group therapy. He utilizes supportive educational approaches to help his clients find health, hope, and happiness in their lives. He enjoys working with adolescents as much as he does adults. Adolescents, like his adult clients, respond to his uniquely warm but goal oriented therapy approaches.
Brian is considered an expert in all forms of addiction. He has creative and innovative approaches to help individuals develop managements and sustain a fulfilling recovery lifestyle. He has worked in the gamut of alcohol, drug and addiction programs from detoxification programs to outpatient services. He is a certified Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist, which allows him to provide relapse prevention therapy to assist clients that struggle with maintaining their recovery from mental illness or substance use disorders. Brian also specializes in sex addiction treatment.
Brian provides direct clinical assessment and services for the Federal Government's Department of Transportation (DOT) Substance Abuse Professional Program (SAP), which assists employees who fall under the DOT guidelines with alcohol and/or drug problems to ensure public safety.
Brian is also a professional trainer, speaker and consultant. Brian has presented on mental health and addiction topics at various prestigious venues. He is a consultant to the Illinois Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse as an independent peer reviewer of agencies for state compliance with federal regulations. Brian serves as a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Certification Board (ICB).