Brian Ellis is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern, a state of Florida Certified Peer Specialist, and an Army combat veteran. Brian has extensive experience working with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and substance use. Brian’s therapeutic philosophy includes person-centered, cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as existential therapy. Brian also believes strongly in using a “mission-focused mindset” to help military members and Veterans to overcome challenges associated with a variety of mental health issues. Like many other Veterans, Brian was compelled to join the military after the September 11th attacks. During his time in the military, Brian deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan and draws from his experience as a combat veteran, and a non-commissioned officer to help Veterans.

Brian spent over 700 hours volunteering at the Tampa VA’s Center for Post Deployment and Education (CPHE) as a Recovery Coach. While volunteering at CPHE, Brian mentored Veterans with PTSD, TBI, and spine injuries. After obtaining his certification as a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) through the State of Florida, Brian began working with a non-profit as a Veteran Peer Mentor and homeless outreach specialist. While working at the non-profit, Brian walked the streets and searched the woods for homeless Veterans.

In 2021, Brian completed his master’s clinical internship at River Oaks treatment center in Riverview, FL. During his internship, Brian worked with Christine Hernando (Veterans Program Coordinator) in River Oaks Veterans’ program.


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