Dr. Brian is a Jacksonville native. He grew up in East Arlington, attended public school, and spent many summers on Neptune Beach. As a kid he spent afternoons playing in his neighborhood or hanging out at the old Roller Rink on Beach Blvd. During high school he developed a love for art including painting, drawing, sculpture, and ceramics.
Dr. Brian started college at the University of North Florida in 2002, pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Sculpture with a minor in Art History. After graduating in 2007, he spent about a year trying to discover his path in life, ultimately leading him to enlist in the United States Army.
In February of 2009, he began Basic Training at Fort Carson in South Carolina. Upon completion of Basic Training he was set to begin Officer Candidacy School at Fort Benning in Georgia. Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances, he was medically discharged before his Army career was able to even get started. Being discharged from the military was devastating for him, but forced him to reexamine his life and to find a new path.
In 2010 upon the recommendation of a professor at UNF, Dr. Brian researched and applied to the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Within weeks of starting classes he finally felt like he had a direction and purpose. Immediately after graduating with his Master’s degree he started a Doctorate in Education with a specialty in Educational Leadership and a concentration in Non-Profit Organization Management.
Dr. Brian's clinical work spans a variety of settings, modalities, and mental health concerns. He has worked in substance abuse clinics, as a counselor for the School District of Clay County, at a large private behavioral health clinic, and as the Clinical Coordinator for the state of Florida's largest Specialized Therapeutic Foster Care program.
Dr. Brian's takes a Humanist approach to the therapeutic process. He focuses on the fact that regardless of gender, race, creed, or culture he shares the human experience with his clients and through that he and his clients are able to form strong and effective therapeutic relationships.