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Bryan has worked with both adolescent and young adult males and females with a wide range of issues, including serious depression and anxiety, behavioral acting-out, substance abuse problems, poor attachment, grief and loss, personality disorders, and the gamut of learning differences. Areas of clinical interest include the treatment of emerging character disorders, the co-occurrence of mood instability and chemical dependency problems, executive functions issues, the effects of cross-cultural experiences during developmental years, and the deep impact that shame has on individuals and family systems.
Bryan received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Syracuse University and his master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Utah. While completing his graduate work, Bryan served an advanced practicum at Odyssey House for Women and Children in Salt Lake City, Utah. There he provided individual, group, and family therapy, as well as substance abuse counseling to women with co-morbidity of substance dependency problems and antisocial personality disorders.
He has over 19 years of experience in working with troubled teens, at-risk adolescents and their families in wilderness therapy and other residential settings, and has served on the treatment teams of several of the more comprehensive programs in the country over the past eight years.
Bryan is trained in Motivational Interviewing, and subscribes to this therapeutic modality in his work with oppositional and substance abusing clients at Second Nature Wilderness Programs. Systems theory, solution focused therapy, and the important interplay between relational models of therapy and behavioral psychology are also very present in his work. Cultural discourse and the anthropological lens greatly influence Bryan's approach to therapy, and he continues to find ways of marrying these disciplines.
Having grown up in beautiful central New York, Bryan has only recently begun to refer to the mountains of Utah as his home. As passionate as he is about his students, above everything else Bryan enjoys the company of his own family and close friends. Personal interests include running and biking, culture, music, books, travel, and tinkering with his very old house.