About Brian O’Sullivan, LMFT

My work in counseling psychology has taught me that we are all more similar than we are different. We have very similar struggles, just to varying degrees.

As a result, my work with clients is not to label them or try to fix them. It’s also not to push my values on to them or to make choices for them.

Instead, my I try to understand their values and goals, and to be an objective sounding board as we experiment and explore possible solutions together.

Confidentiality and acceptance are the foundations of my work. I take them both very seriously.

I also value honest feedback; whether it be positive or negative.

My approach in session:

My practice is informed by client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and psychodynamic thinking.

My formal training:

To become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of California it’s required to first complete a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from an accredited and California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) approved university. Upon graduation, it’s required to complete 3,000 hours of experience that is supervised by a LMFT, Psychologist, or Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

My ongoing training:

To maintain my license, I must complete, at minimum, 36-hours of continuing education courses that are approved by the BBS.

Also, as a way to maintain my skills, I consult with other professionals on a regular basis.

Professional Resume

Work

UCLA Health | Okinawa, Japan
Resiliency Trainer
July 2018 – Present

Madrone High School | San Rafael, California
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
December 2017 – July 2018

Star Academy | San Rafael, California
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
September 2017 – July 2018

Family Works Therapy and Life Skills Center | San Rafael, California
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
August 2016 – June 2018

Amerasian School Okinawa | Okinawa, Japan
Student Mentor (Volunteer)
June 2016 – August 2016

YMCA of the USA | Richmond, California
Student Mentor (Volunteer)
October 2015 – May 2016

Education

Dominican University of California
M.S. Counseling Psychology
2015 – 2017

California Lutheran University
B.S. Business Finance
2002 – 2005

Professional Affiliations

International Mental Health Professionals Japan
Clinical Member
2019 – Present

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Clinical Member
2016 – Present

Licenses & Certifications

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT #122484
California Board of Behavioral Sciences
2020 – Present

Certificate Program in TeleMental Health & Digital Ethics
Zur Institute
2020

Serving Our Veterans Behavioral Health Certificate
Center for Deployment Psychology
2018