Brian Doane, Ph.D.
Brian Doane, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist , FL #PY9625
Thank you for taking a moment to learn about my professional services and personal approach to helping you make changes. Because I believe people are doing the best they can, my clients describe feeling safe, comfortable, and free from judgment. I find this type of rapport essential to the therapy process. Whatever has brought you to consider counseling, it’s real and we start from there. I really do enjoy my work and look forward to speaking with you about options to get you feeling better.
My passion is helping individuals and couples. Over the last decade, I have specialized in helping people with constant anxiety, social anxiety, depression, low self-worth, co-dependency, relationship concerns, phase of life transitions, the impact of childhood abuse in adulthood, common men’s issues, and communication within the couple. You’ll find my approach rooted in evidence-based treatments and applied through a warm and understanding presence. Together, we will collaboratively set goals and develop a plan for treatment. This is important because while I have rigorous training and experience as a therapist, you are the expert on you. Feel free to read through some of the common presenting problems below and contact me if you’d like a free phone consultation about how I can help.
Special Areas of Expertise:
Anxiety - While this concern can present itself in many ways (constant worry, panic, avoiding social situations, etc.), it often makes people feel helpless and exhausted. Maybe you’ve tried everything you can think of to help relax, but the anxious thoughts keep coming back and won’t leave you alone. This can certainly be frustrating to the point of feeling stuck. To get you unstuck, together we can sift through some of those thoughts and figure out where they came from and how to change them. We may also explore concrete techniques to help you find more peace and create a sustainable lifestyle.
Depression - If you’ve been feeling down to the point of not being able to enjoy every day life, you may need some extra support. I’ve enjoyed helping many folks over the years recognize those self-critical messages that perpetuate feeling sad, irritable, and lonely and then practice challenging them to create a new perspective. Additionally, I can pull from a variety of techniques to help you find more meaning and direction.
Co-dependency - Do you consistently find yourself spending much more time worrying about how other people feel than how you feel? Individuals who struggle with co-dependency have difficulty asserting their own needs out of fears of being selfish or making others upset. I can work with you to find a healthy balance between caring for others while learning how to pay attention to your own needs. Our first session could be your first step in taking ownership of what’s important to you.
Phase of Life Transition - It’s fairly common to experience some stress when going through a life change. This could be going off to college, graduating, marriage, divorce, or retirement. Many times, we can’t totally control what life presents to us, but we can learn to adjust to it. I enjoy helping people sort through some of the confusion around these changes and eventually move from being concerned about the future to embracing it.
Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and their Partners - The impact of childhood sexual abuse in adulthood can vary, but difficulty often emerges around trust, communication, and sexual intimacy. It’s also very common for these challenges to influence romantic relationships and affect the partner of the survivor. I’ve had a passion for helping survivors and their partners going all the way back to my doctoral dissertation. I take a strengths-based approach to help build from what is already going well. From there, we can create a tailored plan to help enhance trust, communication, and sexual intimacy. If you can relate to this experience as either the survivor or partner, consider speaking with me to discuss how we might help you build a better relationship.
Men’s Issues - If you’re noticing the stress from your job, friends, or family is starting to really bother you, counseling may be useful. I enjoy helping other men figure out what they want out of life, redefine what it means to be a man, better understand romantic relationships, and enhance communication skills.
Couples Therapy - When a romantic partnership is going well, it can feel incredible. When it’s not, it can quickly become the most exhausting and frustrating part of your life. Sometimes the harder you work at it, the worse it seems to get. If you’re feeling stuck trying to fix your relationship, perhaps you need someone to help steer the conversation into feeling more productive. I can teach communication skills so both of you are being heard while helping you spot any unhealthy relationship pitfalls. I’ve found this process to be incredibly rewarding and look forward to hearing from you.
I hold a license as a psychologist in the state of Florida. I received my doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University and completed internship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I previously earned a master's degree in Counseling from Western Michigan University and completed coursework and an internship that uniquely focused on Marriage and Family Therapy. During my education, I received several merit-based awards including Outstanding Doctoral Student, Outstanding Master’s Student, and Outstanding Research and Creative Scholar. I am a member of the American Psychological Association, Florida Psychological Association, and American Group Psychotherapy Association.
My previous clinical experience spans a variety of settings including private practice, forensic assessment, university counseling centers, and residential inpatient. I have also enjoyed providing supervision and training to many master’s and doctoral level psychology students at WMU, UNC, and most recently, USF.