Brian Murray & Associates Counseling, LLC

300 N. Ronald Reagan Blvd. Ste. 219
Longwood, FL 32750
[email protected]

In sessions, I use an open, relational, non-judgmental approach to therapy. Often sessions are conversational with interventions in mind. This way clients can feel comfortable and able to be more expressive with their issues. Clinically, I can diagnose and provide treatment plans, however not all problems need a diagnosis, some people just need to talk.

Areas of specialization

  • Codependency/Boundaries: While this is not a diagnosable condition, codependency is a learned behavior that is usually passed down from one family generation to another. Codependency is an emotional and behavioral condition that affects an individual’s ability to have a healthy and mutually satisfying relationship. Also known as the “relationship addiction” as people with codependency often maintain relationships that are emotionally destructive and frequently abusive. Codependents tend to have a high frequency of relationships with Narcissists, Addicts and Sociopaths due to being easily manipulated by these personality types. You can read more on my blog, The Codpendent Connection located at the end of this web page.

  • Narcissistic Personality: A personality type that presents as grandiose and overly self important, think bombastic. Often they believe they should be treated with special consideration and are unique requiring excessive admiration. They have a strong sense of entitlement along with unreasonable expectations. Expects automatic compliance and favorable treatment from others. Lacks empathy toward others and fakes compassion. Frequently takes advantage of others to acheive their own desires, especially those who are needy of affection such as a codependent or a borderline personality person. They will often get angry when they do not get their way. Inability to identify or understand how their actions are/or may affect others leading to the appearance of being cold or aloof. Shows arrogant and haughty behaviors toward others and often envious of, or believes others are envious of them without merit of such accusations.

  • Borderline Personality: Personality type that has emotional regulation difficulty, especially in relationships where emotions become very difficult to manage. They are often triggered from childhood abuse including physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Those in relationship with a Borderline often report that a "I love you, I hate you" pattern. The borderline struggles with a deep internal fear of abandonment and therefore will try to emotionally control the realtionship through suicidal threats or self harm acts. On occasion their anger becomes rage followed by deep sorrow within a short amount of time. Self harm may include substance abuse, addictions and eating disorders. Borderlines struggle with identity issues and may dress or have appearance that looks extreme or often change. At times they may have paranoid ideation and extreme cases involve dissociative (dissconnected from reality) experiences.

  • Trauma & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):  PTSD is an anxiety disorder that causes frequent flashback, nightmares and instrusive memories caused by a life threatening even. I utilize a process know as Accelerated Resolution Therapy and alos Reconsolidation of Tramatic Memories. These processes help trauma victims diffuse and replace distressful images formed in trauma situations. Often this is found in those involved with warfare, accidents, rape victims or other situations that leave disturbing thoughts and feelings. This would include recovery from sexual, emotional and physical abuse.

  • Military Veterans: As an Army Veteran myself (Infantry), I welcome all Veterans, Active Duty and their families from all branches from any era served. I understand the strong bonds the military community builds with each other, the trust, understanding that is involved with this population. Additionally, I grew up a Navy Dependent and have seen many parts of the world as my father spent 30 years in that profession. That experience helps provide an additional understanding and insight of the military family and it's unique needs.

  • Substance Abuse/Use Disorders: Motivation is everything to live a sober life. To be seen for substance abuse you must be sober, AND,  have completed a minimum of a 30 day recovery program within the last 90 days. Evidence of rehab program completion will be requested prior to beginning counseling. This is a firm requirement which is a therapeutic boundary within itself. I do not drug test, however if I feel you are under the influence during sessions I reserve the right to terminate the session. Also, letters for the courts, or a community officer such as parole officer, are billed separately for a $45 fee. Phone calls to parole and/or community officers are no charge.