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    Brian Gong

    Brian Gong, LMHC, CAP

    Brian is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in treating trauma and addictions (they go hand in hand). He’s spent his career working in and around the addiction and recovery field and has dedicated himself to helping individuals and families achieve lasting recovery. For years he worked as a primary therapist at a residential treatment facility world-renowned for its clinical excellence in treating addictions and other behavioral disorders and focusing on the various underlying traumas and often complex emotional issues. He understands the importance of validation and considers himself to be kind, nonjudgmental, and compassionate yet is also honest and non-enabling in his approach. He believes there are many paths to personal growth and recovery and that everyone can have the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. He would love the opportunity to help you “dig deep”, get past your past, change unhealthy patterns, and create a life worth living.

    As a Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Brian has extensive training and experience working with clients using this powerful psychotherapy approach. He practices EMDR therapy as a primary treatment modality addressing trauma and a variety of other psychological issues. As an Approved Consultant in EMDR, he can provide consultation to new therapists looking to complete their basic training requirements, enhance their EMDR skills, or become certified through EMDRIA (see page on EMDR for more general information about the therapy approach, and EMDR Consultation if you are a therapist looking for consultation).

    He is also intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has experience working with individuals who have a particularly high degree of emotionality and vulnerability. He participated in a post-graduate internship at a residential DBT-informed treatment facility with a mindfulness and skills training group.

    Brian has presented on the topic of trauma and has formal training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, grief counseling, psychological first aid (PFA), as well as in psychodrama and experiential techniques.

    He was raised in the Maryland suburbs, loves food, and is an avid runner having completed several marathons. He has two dogs and in 2020 recruited one of them to become a therapy dog for his practice (he is working on getting the other one ready as well – they have to earn their kibble!). With his own personal journey in recovery, he is extremely passionate about counseling and looks forward to the chance to work with you!

    Brian’s Clinical Interests

    • Providing therapy for therapists / help for helpers (a personal passion of Brian’s!)
    • PTSD, complex trauma, acute traumatization including very recent traumatic events
    • Perfectionism and “unrelenting standards”
    • Toxic shame
    • Family of origin work
    • Addictions, recovery, and working with families of people struggling with addictive disorders

    Licenses, Certifications, and Special Training:

    Professional Association Affiliations:

    • American Counseling Association (ACA)
    • EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
    • Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (Trauma Recovery/HAP)
    • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
    • International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST-D)
    • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

    Podcast

    Click here to listen to Brian’s recent guest appearance on the Good Counsel Podcast where he discusses Trauma, EMDR, and the spirit of volunteering.

    Workshops

    Brian facilitates continuing education workshops for mental health clinicians. Here Brian did a presentation titled, Navigating the Maze of Trauma: A Map for Healing Along the Road to Recovery, which was at Caron’s brand new Keele Center here in Delray Beach in June of 2023. The event was a success with over 70 participants.

    Here, Brian presented a workshop on family recovery at the East Coast Symposium for Addictive Disorders in November of 2023 in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The title of this was, A Trauma Informed Approach to Family Recovery: More Than Just Al-Anon.

     

    Next up, the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders in Hyannis, MA in September, 2024! Can’t wait to discuss the intersection of trauma and addiction while getting some good lobsta’!

    Media:

    • WLRN (our local NPR station) story on the new mass shooting hotline launched in Broward County, FL
    • NowThis segment (or Facebook version) on Parkland recovery efforts following March suicides
    • CBS 12 article on Parkland recovery efforts
    • VoyageMIA feature
    • CanvasRebel feature

     

    Check out some of Brian’s Blog articles:

     

    Please visit my Psychology Today profile

     

    Work with Brian Virtually!