Brian Goldstein

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Brian Goldstein is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#115778). He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Chapman University in Orange, CA, and completed a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Brian is interested in many aspects of psychology including clinical practice and research. Brian’s graduate research was primarily focused on the investigation of the impact of trauma on those with borderline personality disorder. Prior to his position at Mainstay Recovery, Brian completed graduate training at Airport Marina Counseling Services in Los Angeles, CA, where he worked with a wide range of clients in a community mental health setting. Brian worked as a Primary Therapist at Mainstay Recovery, an OP/IOP chemical dependence treatment facility in Costa Mesa, CA, as well as with the Center for Discovery in Newport Beach, where he was a primary therapist and worked with both adolescents and adults who struggled with eating disorders and primary mental health. His most recent position is with Sustain Recovery Services, where he works primarily as an individual therapist and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) trauma therapist.

Having worked in residential, outpatient, and private practice settings, Brian has a unique ability to offer support, compassion, valuable experience, and a healthy relationship where a client can heal and grow in a way that is personalized to them. The focus of his work is providing therapeutic services to adolescent and adult individuals who struggle in areas including addiction, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Brian is incredibly passionate about helping clients discover new things about themselves and move towards their most authentic life.

Brian is incredibly passionate about helping clients discover new things about themselves and move towards their most authentic life. His approach is empathic, attentive, and thoughtful. Brian has a focus on creating a safe space by establishing mutual respect and trust. He comes from an attachment-based, integrative approach consisting of dynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness, relational approaches, EMDR, and sensorimotor psychotherapy.

    Sustain Recovery changed my life in a way I never considered remotely possible. I arrived in a place where I knew nobody. Sustain Recovery gave me tools so that I never had to be alone again. I learned how to live like an adult and have genuine relationships with other human beings. I gained a sense of self respect, love, and pride from the challenges I was given by staff. I was able to work through the recent loss of my father and I achieved my goal of not taking any psychiatric medication.
    I learned that life is an endless balancing act. I have to continually work on myself and my relationships with the people in my life. The staff at Sustain Recovery are all incredibly experienced and spiritual. They were available to me whether I wanted their help or not. Through their efforts and experience, I experienced the inner workings of having an intimate, loving relationship with a loving creator.
    Sustain Recovery is “home” for me. I discovered a loving, caring family that helped launch me to a place I would have never dreamed and, if I would have dreamed it, I would never have believed I would be able to accomplish it.

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