In any professional relationship it’s helpful to know something about the person you’re working with. I believe this is especially important in a counseling relationship since the work is so personal in nature.
I’m Brent Sweitzer, Professional Counselor, and for the past 8 years I’ve been helping couples, children, teens, and individual adults improve their relationships, navigate change and learn new ways of coping with the challenges of life.
As you’ll see throughout this site, I work with a wide range of client populations, but a common thread across all of them is a deep passion for enhancing relationships and communication. No matter whether we’re 3 or 83, being able to sustain healthy relationships and communicate about our needs and wants is central for happiness, success and well-being in life. This applies in our relationships with others, but also in the relationship with have with ourselves.
As valuable as my formal training in mental health has been (which you can read about below), it is my experience as a client in therapy that has best prepared me to be of help to others. I have experienced tremendous growth and healing through the therapy process, and it motivated me to make a midlife career change to become a therapist.
I have been happily married for 7 years and have two young children.
- Received my Masters in Professional Counseling at Georgia State University
- Am licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia (#LPC008381), which means I’ve met all the training, supervision and continuing education requirements of the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors
- Have pursued specialized training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), an empirically validated treatment approach for working with distressed couples. My training encompassed over 200 hours of didactic instruction and supervision (along with many more hours of self-study).
- Am a Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator. Prepare/Enrich is the most used premarital and marriage assessment tool in the world. Over 4 million couples have taken the assessment over the past 35 years.
- Am a Registered Play Therapy (RPT), which means i’ve received specialized training in child development and the therapeutic powers of play to help people of all ages (not just children) prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.