Brian Wilson brings extensive life experience and mental health training to his position with Avedian Counseling Center and the Anger Management 818 team as a Certified Anger Management Counselor. His clients use words like “engaged,” “helpful,” “honest,” “warm,” “funny” and “direct” to describe their experience working with him.
Brian attained his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and received his master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles.
In order to attain state licensure, therapists are required to do 3,000 hours of training; due to wanting to have a diverse work experience, Brian actually accumulated over 5,000 hours, working in multiple placements including a community clinic helping children, adolescents and their parents; locked in-patient psychiatric facilities; a school-based setting; multiple hospital in-and out-patient programs; and a program to help at-risk youth using animal-assisted therapy (including a king snake, chinchilla, rabbit and skink!). His work now focuses on helping adults.
In addition to private practice and working with Anger Management 818, Brian works at Aurora Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, CA, as a therapist in the Intensive Outpatient Program. As such, it is his privilege to work with, support and help a wide variety of people from all walks of life, facing challenges including severe depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, less effective communication skills and difficulty making transitions.
Brian practices Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, a cognitive behavioral therapy that emphasizes giving you the practical tools you need to reshape thinking and behavior and change your life.
Brian has explored and enjoyed multiple previous career paths including writing for advertising and public relations firms, as well as companies including Hallmark (yes, that Hallmark!) and Disney. He worked as a photojournalist published in USA Today and TIME. And he has navigated the slings and arrows of Hollywood, where he has optioned two feature film scripts. In his younger days, Brian learned the value of hard work to make a buck laboring as a dishwasher, a stadium sweeper and a welder, the latter working in a tin building during scorching Texas summers.
This diverse experience helps Brian relate to, engage with and support clients from virtually any background or walk of life.
Brian practices the self-care he preaches through photography, enjoying soccer, supporting his Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys, and world travel with his beloved wife, Rose.
Brian says, “Your problems are unique, as are your solutions. I look forward to help you find your unique way forward!”