New Beginnings Counseling Center

Providing mental health services for adults, adolescents, and children in the Chattanooga area since 1999

 

Meet Our Staff

Brian Stoddard, MA

Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Services Provider

Education

King University (B.A.)

Richmont Graduate University (M.A. in Professional Counseling)


Certifications

Licensed Professional Counselor –Mental Health Service Provider

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist


Therapeutic Approach

I use an interpersonal and holistic approach, which means that I approach each client with an eagerness to understand their life story, family history, patterns of relating to others and how this shapes self-perception and current problems. My therapeutic techniques include using cognitive behavioral therapy to reshape negative thinking and set achievable goals to increase self-efficacy and mindfulness exercises to increase self-compassion and lower anxiety.


Treatment Issues

Trauma, childhood sexual abuse, PTSD, relationship/interpersonal issues, codependency, depression, anxiety, infidelity, self-harm, self-esteem/identity, family of origin issues, grief and loss, adjustment and phase of life issues


Treatment Population

I work with children and adults but my main focus has been teenagers and young adults.


My Journey

Life has taken me through many trials, and I have come to rely on creating healthy systems around me in order to provide me with the strongest outlook on both where I have been and where I am going.  My hope in therapy is to be a part of a team of people with others helping to process the journey and move toward desired outcomes which has been my experience with those I trust, both in and out of the therapeutic office.


Favorite Quote

“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.  It is never of any use to oneself.”  Oscar Wilde


Recommended Reading

Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

Shepherding A Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp