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Brian Whitley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a counseling practice in Irvine, California. Brian has a unique background with 11 years of experience in law enforcement as a police officer in Orange County. This experience included participation in several domestic violence programs, and sharing his knowledge in domestic violence with others including medical students, law enforcement, and psychology graduate students. Brian’s background gives him a real-world understanding of issues people commonly face.

His approach to psychotherapy involves compassionately exploring underlying issues with his clients in order to create positive and lasting changes in their lives. He has studied Interpersonal Neurobiology in a study group led by Dr. Daniel Siegel. Brian shares with his clients how their brain impacts their behavior and how their brain can be “rewired” for growth and new possibilities through the therapy process.  

Brian's practice is focused on helping people manage stress and emotions in helpful ways.  He has co-authored a book (Affect Regulation Training: A Practitioner's Manual) for clinicians that describes a research-based program for teaching effective tools to regulate emotions.

Brian is passionate about serving his clients and the community.  In this spirit of service, Brian has been trained as a volunteer facilitator of SMART Recovery® meetings, which help people recover from addictions to behaviors or substances.


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist  LMFT #48949
State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Chapman University
Master of Arts in Psychology
Graduated with Honors

Azusa Pacific University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Magna Cum Laude

Additional Training

  • Emotion Regulation

  • Mindfulness Meditation

  • Interpersonal Neurobiology

  • Discernment Counseling

  • Domestic Violence

Professional Memberships
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)