Brian has been an exceptional counselor and has exceeded my expectations by his ability to listen and provide optimal feedback. His knowledge is vast and is able to effectively articulate his knowledge to ensure your understanding. He has been a breath of fresh air for someone who tends to be on the picky side towards counselors and does not want to waste time or money.
LPC, CCTP, CCFP Brian Strode
Mental health conditions are real, common and treatable.
And recovery is possible.
Brian Strode is an experienced, licensed Medical Health Professional who specializes in affordable online therapy.
- Years in practice
More about me
I was a career Paramedic/Firefighter before going to graduate school. This is part of why working with first responders is one of my passions and my primary area of expertise. I completed my Masters in Counseling at Old Dominion University in 2009. I am licensed by the Virginia Board of Counseling as a Licensed Professional Counselor and I am certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and as a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional. My primary areas of counseling are in traumatic stress and professional burnout and compassion fatigue. I also provide counseling in couples counseling, family issues, occupational issues, life stressors, general depression, general anxiety, etc. I understand that the world is not made of perfect scenarios and not everything in treatment is going to work idealistically the first time. I see my role as a counselor as being that I help you learn the knowledge and skills to help yourself. I adapt my counseling style to my client's needs, so I will use a mix of REBT, CBT, Person-Centered, Gestalt, and Adlerian, among various other theories and methods, as needed to meet each specific individual's needs. I do not typically limit my counseling practice to any specific age or population, nor do I typically limit what issues I will help a client with in counseling, but I do use a lot of cognitive approaches that requires a level of maturity where the client is willing and able to think critically, self-reflect, and understand the interactions between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and actions. Many of my clients are people that previously had difficulty finding comfort with other counselors, so I have over the years learned to appreciate and enjoy working with people who have started losing faith in the benefits of counseling. The counseling that I provide by distance counseling platforms, such as BetterHelp, is the same as the counseling I provide in-person; my clients here get the same level of dedicated service that my in-person clients receive.
About online counseling
Online counseling allows you to receive care from an online mental health practitioner via phone, video chat, or instant messaging. It is convenient for those who may have trouble getting to or would prefer not to have in-person therapy appointments. Ranging from $35 to $80 per week, online counseling is generally more affordable than in-person counseling. A study by researchers at University of California, Berkeley found that online counseling can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy while being more convenient, affordable, and accessible.
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