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Brian McKnight, LCSW

In practice since: 1999

Degrees: LCSW

Sees: Adults, Couples, and Adolescents

Types of Clients

Adults, couples, and adolescents

Treatment Specialties

Brian specializes in a wide variety of problems including depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorders, anger management, stress management, couples work, communication strategies and conflict resolution, grief and loss, adjustment to life changes, adjustment to medical disorders, and personality disorders.

Training and Experience

Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Masters of Science in Social Work, University of Wisconsin –Madison, 1999, with a specific focus on clinical work. Field work at the Veterans Administration and Dean Medical Center. BA in Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1994. Brian has practiced in community mental health as well as medical center outpatient psychiatry. He has done community presentations on the nature of psychotherapy as well as grief and loss. He has done clinical supervision of unlicensed therapists. Brian is committed to quality client care through continued education, research, and peer collaboration.


Brian is a strong proponent of evidence-based treatment but also flexible and creative depending on client needs, goals, and uniqueness. He is very interactive and collaborative with patients as far as building a therapeutic relationship, providing support, and discussing strategies to achieve goals. He utilizes techniques of cognitive-behavioral, dialectic-behavioral, mindfulness, solution-focused, motivation work, assertiveness and communication techniques, and schema therapy. He also uses a great deal of the empirically-supported couples research by John Gottman. Brian also works with clients on identifying their own strengths and resiliency as part of their treatment.