Accepting New Clients

Brian Gallagher, MSW, LSW has studied “the art of listening & healing” for the past 30 years. Having both given and received thousands of counseling sessions, he has come to thoroughly understand the healing process from the inside out. Studying and working under renowned psychologist, Michael C. Reichert, Ph.D, he has witnessed the profound benefits of this counseling, in himself and in hundreds of clients, leaving him with the unshakable confidence that the untangling of old emotional knots makes people’s minds sharper, their relationships deeper, and their lives more solid.

Brian received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work and built his first career counseling individuals, groups, and families as the lead trainer & coordinator for a nationally-recognized violence-prevention program. He also taught social work at Temple University, led team-building workshops for schools and corporations, ran the Peer-Counseling program at The Haverford School, and served as a Nonprofit Executive Consultant. Brian also integrates EMDR therapy into his work and is in process of completing the final part of EMDR Basic Training.

During his early years of study, and throughout his social work career, Brian deliberately worked in a variety of odd jobs in order to learn more about people and the economic system. He was a pre-school teacher, bike courier, soccer coach, waiter, farmworker, handyman’s assistant, video store clerk, and salesman. These experiences have given Brian the skill of easily connecting with people from diverse backgrounds, and a depth of knowledge about our complex and nuanced society.

In 2006, Brian became interested in applying his knowledge to the creation of art and began a second career as an actor and filmmaker. He has shared the screen with the likes of Kate Winslet, Kevin Hart, Brian Cranston, and Mark Ruffalo, among others, and has produced several feature-length and short films.

In 2017, Brian combined his two professions, co-founding the nonprofit film company, Of Substance, dedicated to ending the blame, shame, and stigma surrounding addiction through the use of movies.

He now dedicates his time to listening to others, helping them untangle old knots and get clear about who they are and what they want, so they can live with more confidence, build closer relationships, and effectively do the work they love.

“I deeply believe in your innate ability to heal and grow. You just need the right opportunity.”

Brian’s typical fee is $140 for individual therapy (53 min); he is able to work on a sliding scale if needed. Although he only works on a self-pay basis, he is able to provide documentation for clients to submit for out-of-network reimbursement from their insurance provider.

Contact Brian@phoenixtraumacenter.com