"To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment."
Examining the emotional foundations of the human experience has long been my passion. From an early age, I looked to spiritual endeavors in the search for healing. I often sought answers in ancient philosophies, traveling to India and Japan to study mindfulness and meditation practices. Through my own inner work, I came to believe that sacred wisdom could not only offer perspective into my own challenges but also those of my community.
My continued interest in the human psyche led me to pursue a master’s degree in clinical psychology. As a queer second-generation Mexican Native American, I chose to emphasize my studies in LGBTQ+ affirmative and racial issues. I received my training as a mental health associate at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, providing individuals, couples, and group psychotherapy to a diverse population. I also volunteered as a counselor with the Trevor Project, providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth.
I am passionate about research on high sensitivity, and have presented at various conferences and conducted training on Highly Sensitive Persons in the LGBTQ+ community.
FINDING YOUR TRUE NORTH
Connecting To Your Highest Purpose
Healing can be hard, but doing it alone can be harder. My ultimate goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental space for you to explore your identity and connect to your highest purpose, your true north. My approach to psychotherapy fuses behavioral and holistic methods through a social justice lens. In our work together, we will uncover the harmful narratives from society that are holding you back. I have training in Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Eastern mindfulness practices. Using an eclectic mix of trauma-informed cognitive and somatic techniques, I will assist you in overcoming unwanted thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve you.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #121896) in California, based in Los Angeles.
In my practice, I welcome individuals and couples from all backgrounds. I am experienced in working with LGBTQ+ people and non-binary gender identities, as well as professionals in the entertainment industry. My special interests include anxiety, body image, complex trauma, highly sensitive people, and racial/minority stress.
My standard fee is $180 per 50-minute session. For those in financial need, I do have a limited number of reduced-fee spots (weekly basis only). Please take a look at the services I provide and contact me for an appointment today.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety or negative thinking? Is something missing from your career or relationships? Whatever needs attention, I would like to help you create the change you are seeking. I assist clients in developing healthy coping skills, cultivating self-compassion, and achieving balance in their lives. Get in touch with me and let me support you on the path to self-discovery.
COUPLES & RELATIONSHIP THERAPY
Perhaps you are recovering from infidelity. Maybe you are looking to explore consensual non-monogamy. No matter the issue, I can aid you in addressing the challenges in your relationship. I work with partners to reduce conflict, improve communication, and increase intimacy. Schedule an appointment with me today to see what I can do to enhance harmony and satisfaction in your relationship.
HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSONS
Have you been told that you are “too sensitive?” Are you deeply affected by other people’s emotions? Do you become overaroused in fast-paced or crowded settings? Perhaps you are highly sensitive.
High sensitivity is a normal, research-based trait found in 20% of the population. Highly sensitive persons are often conscientious, intuitive, and empathic individuals. They are born with an increased ability to process information and subtleties in their environment. As a result, highly sensitive people become more easily overstimulated and overwhelmed. They can be more prone to depression, anxiety, and shyness.
If you are a highly sensitive person, we can work together to understand and embrace your unique trait. In doing so, you will come to understand ways to care for yourself and improve the quality of your life. Take this test and find out if you might be a highly sensitive person.
Brian Torres, MA
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Narrative Counseling Center
205 ½ N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004