Brian joins the NWAI team this year as an intern through the Masters in Social Work program at Portland State University. Brian has extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults during his first career as an educator and his recent internship with the Clackamas EASA program. Brian considers himself a curious and empathetic listener who is passionate about facilitating brave learning and relational growth alongside his clients. He can’t wait to help his clients understand their anxiety, confront their fears and find greater health and happiness.
Brian received his B.A. at the College of William and Mary and his Masters of Arts in Teaching at the University of Portland. Prior to beginning the Masters in Social Work program at PSU, Brian served as an educator at the middle and high school level in Florida and Oregon. Beginning his career as a classroom English teacher, Brian also spent ten years as a high school administrator where he guided the student life program and directed the academic support model for neurodivergent students with learning differences. He also facilitated an annual parent education series focused on providing parents with resources and information to support positive and healthy relationships with their teens. Outside of the classroom, Brian coached cross country and track, where he motivated student athletes to define goals, pursue personal growth, and surpass their expectations. Brian is excited to translate his years of experience in the education world by helping young clients and their families navigate the NWAI treatment journey while also attending school.
During his first year in the MSW program, Brian completed an internship with the Clackamas EASA program, where he collaborated with EASA team members to coordinate wrap-around care and strengths-based support for adolescents and young adults experiencing first episode psychosis. His work with clients in a community-based setting allowed Brian to provide mentoring, education, case management and connection to community resources. The EASA internship was an amazing year of growth and development for Brian as a therapist, and he looks forward to continuing on that path at NW Anxiety Institute.
During his free time Brian loves exploring Oregon with his family and their goldendoodle, Rosie. He also enjoys creating art, playing guitar and trail running.
Courage is not the absence of fear—it’s inspiring others to move beyond it.