Brian Dotson


Brian works with individual children and adult clients, couples and families. He utilizes ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), which focuses on helping clients learn to be free from anxious and intrusive thoughts in order to experience the present more fully. The goal within ACT is for clients to act on their values. While working with couples, Brian uses the well-researched and evidence-based Gottman Couples Therapy approach. 

Another specialty area for Brian is working with children (ages 3+) using Child Centered Play Therapy. This integrates non-evaluative, self-directed play, emotional tracking, esteem building, choice giving and limit setting to help children process their feelings and develop a healthier sense of self. Brian also has a heart for working with the special needs community, focusing on helping couples and siblings deal with the unique challenges they face.

Brian has three decades in pastoral ministry, including twenty-four years as a senior pastor. He incorporates this lived experience to help people find wholeness through the various seasons and challenges of life. Brian is committed to building a therapeutic relationship with clients built on empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence.

Brian sees clients from all backgrounds and belief systems, and he helps individuals come to terms and find peace with their past, improve relationships in the present, and find hope for the future. Brian firmly believes that people can change, grow and develop the strength and skills necessary to move forward into a meaningful and balanced life of peace and fulfillment. 

Brian is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Brian is a LCMHCA, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, and is in the process of completing his Registered Play Therapist credential.  He has spent most of his life in the metro-Charlotte region. He has been married for over three decades to Maria, and they have four children, a dog, and were adopted by the neighborhood cat.


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