Brandon's headshotI have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) since 2006 and have been in private practice for most of the last two decades. As a therapist at Wellington Counseling Group my primary focus is working with couples, and my expertise areas include conflict resolution and emotional dysregulation between partners.

My approach to therapy starts with an emphasis on great care toward respecting those with whom I work. As such, the therapy experience is tailored to fit the unique, preferred outcomes of each client. In my view, “problems” are often what bring couples to counseling, but I’ve found that it’s the fear of being defined by them that can easily prevent couples from seeking help. Privileging the integrity of each partner in the relationship is therefore an essential part of the work I do in considering how best to navigate the challenges couples face.

With a background in neuroscience, I am also attentive to the ways in which the body responds to trauma and emotional distress, and how negative stressors can affect the lives of those in intimate relationships. I work to help partners attend to the physiological challenges brought on by conflict in their relationship in ways that support greater and more “secure” emotional connection to one another. As a certified facilitator of PREPARE/ENRICH TM, I often make use of this evidenced-based assessment tool to help couples identify potential growth areas in their relationship.

Working from an integrated Solution Focused/Narrative Therapy framework, you can expect that I will adjust my approach to help you wade through and resolve conflicts, emotional paralysis, betrayal and other relational problems, with a newfound sense of agency, hope and courage. While the problems that bring couples in for therapy may seem daunting, perhaps even feeling insurmountable to some, my work builds on the notion that problems are given their greatest opportunity for resolution by cultivating safe, loving, and secure relational attachments.

As an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor, I am also pleased to offer supervision and consultation to those interested in taking their next professional step toward becoming an LMFT in Illinois. This can be an anxious time for some, and whether in a group or individual format, MFT supervision serves to responsibly advance the early career of clinicians through the licensure process with competence.

A native Midwesterner, I was born in Indiana, but lived in the Southeastern U.S. for a number of years before returning to the Midwest, which may account for my slightly discernible Southern accent. My family and I more recently, in 2015 settled in the Chicagoland area. We reside in the North Shore, where I am completing a PhD in Pastoral Theology, Personality, and Culture (with a focus in Neuroscience) at Garrett Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University. I enjoy movies, art, baseball, hiking/camping, and exploring the wonderful and varied cuisine offered by the world’s most delightful city: Chicago.

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