Brian Koen, MSW, LCSW-C

Associate 
Maryland License #17448

Phone: 301-960-1198 ext. 711

Are you looking for a therapist that can guide you, or a loved one, on a journey of self discovery and growth?

From an early age I knew I wanted to help others, especially those in need. This desire is what lead me on my journey to obtain my Masters in Social Work. I believe our upbringing and life experiences, both positive and negative, shape us. Our positive experiences are ones we wish to carry with us throughout life, but those negative experiences can sometimes cause us to become stuck, preventing us from having emotional freedom. We; however; do not have to be defined by our negative experiences, or let them take control of our lives. We all have the ability to learn and grow from our difficult experiences, no matter how challenging they may be.

Both my educational and work experience have allowed me to engage with individuals of all ages, from toddlers to older adults well into their 90s and 100s. Working with such a wide range of ages has allowed me to learn about a variety of challenges individuals face at various life stages. Working with children, both with typical and atypical neurocognitive development, I have been able to help explore areas such as social skill building, dealing with behavioral issues, processing loss and coping with feelings of sadness, anger and anxiety. Early on in my education and work experience, I have seen how important it is to help our youth learn and development important life skills at an early age.

On the opposite end of the age continuum, my work with geriatrics has allowed me to serve individuals going through medical/mental health crisis or other challenges such as changes in life roles, grief and loss, physical and cognitive decline, and/or caregiver stress. I have also worked with the “sandwich” generation, and helped address the many difficulties of balancing work and personal responsibilities when caring for both children and parents. I’ve also had the pleasure of providing support to senior and geriatric individuals of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) community, exploring the many unique experiences they have lived through, and some of the issues they face as older adults. My current work experience allows me to work with seniors who have neurocognitive disorders, and help address the many challenges that this entails in both their, and their loves ones’, lives. With over 10 years of experience in the area of geriatric social work, I can provide you with the knowledge and skills I have acquired over the years.

No matter your reason for seeking support and guidance, as your therapist I will provide you with a safe, inclusive, and welcoming space to process your thoughts and feelings. We will work collaboratively to identify those experiences that have you stuck, and explore and create opportunities for growth.

We will work together to find your inner calmness and peace, through a variety of therapeutic techniques. I would describe my therapeutic approach to be collaborative and eclectic, as there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to therapy. We will explore techniques from various modalities, in order to find what works best for you.   

Education

M.S.W. (Master of Social Work), University of Maryland at Baltimore, 2010
B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) Family Studies and Minor in Spanish, Towson University, Maryland 2007

Memberships

Clinical Social Work Association
Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work (GWSCSW)