Born and raised in Utah, Brian earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Utah in 2011. Prior to that, he graduated with a B.S. in psychology from Brigham Young University. Outside of clinical practice, he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in social work. Brian has experience practicing psychotherapy in both inpatient and outpatient settings, with clients ranging from college students and staff to prison inmates suffering from severe mental illness. Before joining Blomquist Hale, Brian worked for over five with the Department of Corrections, most recently in the role of therapist supervisor. Given this experience, he is aware of the many stressors those working within law enforcement face day in and day out. His clinical interests additionally include anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, faith crises, and the intersection of religion/spirituality and mental health. He has additionally worked extensively with persons struggling with substance abuse and unwanted pornography use.
Brian has witnessed the significant pain individuals with mental health issues deal with and so has a great deal of empathy and compassion for his clients who are struggling. He firmly believes that people with emotional difficulties can find more peace in their lives, feel better generally, and progress toward their goals and aspirations. His approach to therapy is integrative of cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal modalities, with incorporation of acceptance and mindfulness practices. During his leisure time, Brian enjoys listening to music (especially jazz), golfing, running, watching Fawlty Towers reruns, and spending time with family.