Meet Brian Kurz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I have been working in the mental health field for the past 19 years and have been practicing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the last 16 years.
I enjoy counseling people to help them through difficult and painful times in their life. I strongly believe that people can get better and achieve their full potential if provided with the right therapy and guidance.
- Victims of Bullying
- Substance Abuse
The therapy method I use most often in counseling is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. The primary purpose of CBT is to help people identify how certain thoughts can effect how they feel.
When feeling depressed or anxious, your thoughts tend to be negative and self-damaging, leading to the development of unhealthy behaviors. People can develop healthier coping skills once negative thoughts are identified and processed in counseling.
Research has shown that CBT is a very effective treatment for those experiencing anxiety and depression.
In addtion, I have years of experience counseling clients with anger management problems. I try to help these clients realize the strong relationship that anger can have with issues such as depression and anxiety. Yes, anger is a very powerful and intense emotional state. However, there are also extremely effective treatment strategies that can be learned to help combat it. Once you gain increased insight into what could be driving and feeding your anger, you can learn techniques to better manage it.
Bullying can be one of the most damaging experiences a child or adolescent can go through. School bullying has become a serious public health problem and can leave a child feeling helpless and hopeless.
Children who are bullied sometimes need help finding activities that can increase their self-worth and allow them to spend time with positive role models. When counseling a child who is being bullied, I try to help them identify activities in their life that they find pleasure in, as well as help them find ways to relax.
My ultimate goal is to reduce the child’s level of depression and anxiety that will in turn equip them to better deal with the bullying.
Experience & Education
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Winona State University in Minnesota in 1998, and I went on to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida in 2001.
Aside from my credentials, I am also very familiar with anxiety because of my personal experience in the past. Anxiety can be very frightening and can alter the way you look at your world.
You do not need to feel ashamed of or embarrassed about anxiety because it happens to the best of us. Finding the right type of therapist is so important to help you learn effective coping strategies that really work. Anxiety is treatable and you don’t have to continue to feel helpless and alone!
Get To Know Brian
In my spare time, I enjoy exercising, running, going to the beach, and coaching youth baseball. I have been married to my wife, Kristy, for over 13 years and we have 2 children together.
Articles By Brian
Click below for tips and techniques written by Brian
- Just Received An Anxiety Diagnosis? Here’s What You MUST know!
- How Men’s Experience of Depression is Different From Women
- What is Treatment Resistant Depression?
- How to Spot the 5 Signs of Men’s Midlife-Crisis Depression
- What You Need to Know Before Treating Depression with Exercise
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