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Brianna Doran

Brianna Doran


5 years of experience

My name is Brianna Doran! I am a mental health counselor working with children and adolescent/teens; treating eating disorders, trauma, and depression. I utilize many different modalities (play therapy, CBT-E, family based treatment, DBT, EMDR, family therapy), offering a safe and kind space for kids and teens to openly explore themselves and work through their struggles. Within the therapeutic setting, I have worked with children and teens experiencing difficult life transitions, PTSD, anxiety, depression and grief, as well as, varying eating disorders - such as, ARFID, anorexia and bulimia. I am also highly specialized in diagnostic assessment in children and teens! I pride myself on being a very compassionate and caring therapist! I've received unique/extensive training in attachment theory and family systems from the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, CT. I take a multifaceted approach to treatment, and I am a firm believer that therapy is what your child and family need it to be! I am a strengths-based therapist and offer a fun and compassionate platform for growth!

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

In our first session together, we will start with brief introductions and I will meet with both you and your child/teen together. After introductions, I will meet with you and your child/teen individually to discuss the specific challenges that are being faced. This will help me create a tailored and collaborative plan for all of us to work through in follow-up sessions.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

I pride myself on creating a safe and uplifting environment where people can feel safe discussing their struggles. I am a highly compassionate and caring individual that goes above and beyond for my clients to make sure that they are achieving their goals.

Describe the client(s) you are best positioned to serve.

I am interested in kids and teens primarily; particularly clients with a history of trauma or current eating disorder behaviors.

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My treatment methods

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

Many individuals experience significant distress in which CBT would be a highly effective modality. CBT would be used in treatment to help individuals learn to change their cognitive process so that they can successfully challenge their negative thoughts - most often associated with anxiety and depression.

Daialectical Behavior (DBT)

DBT is often used for individuals that struggle with self-esteem, suicidality/suicidal ideation, or borderline personality disorder. DBT utilizes CBT principles with the added component of strengths-based framework and mindfulness/acceptance principles.

Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)

ERP is a modality that I use frequently often in conjunction with CBT for individuals that I work with that are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and OCD. This often involves creating a "fear hierarchy" and working on "systematically desensitizing" the individual to what causes them distress and anxiety.


EMDR is a leading modality in helping individuals that are struggling with PTSD and C-PTSD. Oftentimes, people that experience a traumatic event have parts of that trauma trapped in their brain and are unable to access the trauma feelings to process them successfully. EMDR allows individuals to access those trauma feelings in a safe/secure environment to successfully process the trauma and begin moving forward.

Trauma-Focused CBT

Trauma-focused CBT is a subtype of CBT that focuses on helping people recover from traumatic events through the use of CBT principles. It is a highly effective means of helping kids and teens work through their trauma, and I generally use it in conjunction with EMDR.