Brian O’Shea, CAI, CSI has lived and worked in family systems and personal recovery for more than 30 years. Well-known as a skillful interventionist, Brian is also a creative, multidisciplinary recovery coach who has successfully mentored individuals and families throughout the U.S. He has collaborated with many nationally significant treatment centers and industry professionals.
He draws on trauma therapies, somatic therapies, ancestry connection, peer-to-peer recovery, and personal contemplative practices, especially ceremony, walking meditation, labyrinth walking, breath work, and mindfulness. These disciplines in various combinations aid behavioral health, mental health, substance misuse, addiction concerns, chronic pain, relapse prevention, finding meaning, relaunch, rewire, trauma recovery, and enhanced spirituality.
Brian’s consulting and coaching practices focus on understanding the effects of the family of origin and multigenerational family systems. He is skillful at helping individuals and families understand and resolve the related traumas and belief systems that contribute to substance misuse, anxiety, dysphoria, and anhedonia. A profoundly influential experience, an intensive led by Terra Holbrook, informs his approach to trauma recovery.
Experience and Expertise
Brian was trained in intervention by Dr. Judith Landau and Heather Hayes. His education also includes training in family-of-origin and multigenerational family systems (Dr. Judith Landau); multidisciplinary coaching (Nanette Zumwalt, IRI); CCAR; Gorski-CENAPS® Relapse Prevention (Terry Gorksi); the Gorski-Cenaps® Addiction-Free Pain Management® Treatment System (Stephen Grinstead); TINSA® (Michael Barta); and advanced DBT, CBT, and ACT skills (Eric Schmidt). Wally P. trained Brian in leading Back to Basics Beginners’ Meetings.
Brian has deep roots in the principles and practices of peer-to-peer recovery programs where clients find community and support. These include the Twelve-Step groups (AA, NA, Al-Anon, Alateen, Alatots), SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training), Celebrate Recovery (a Biblical approach), LifeRing Secular Recovery, and Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist oriented, non-theistic recovery program that does not ask anyone to believe anything. He also has experience in and expert knowledge of Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA or ACoA).
As a young man, Brian ran groups as a volunteer at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, New York and at Pilgrim State Hospital—now called Pilgrim Psychiatric Center—in Brentwood, New York. Since childhood, he has been an active member of recovery support groups for families and is grateful to be in long-term recovery from trauma and substance use. Brian has a great interest in labyrinths, an ancient form of sacred space, and has sited and designed several. For relaxation, Brian enjoys his meditation practice, watching British television, and reading novels. On a dare, he once held the spotlight doing improv in a Manhattan comedy club.
We are so honored to welcome Brian to our team!
His ability to attune to his clients, warmth, understanding, and teachings from his personal experience combined with a commitment to the field and his many trainings allow him to truly be present and effective for clients seeking relief and clarity around the best path forward in their recovery.
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Brian O'Shea is a nationally recognized interventionist who specializes in helping families navigate substance use disorders. He guides families through the intervention process, helping them make informed decisions and assisting individuals in accessing the right treatment programs for their needs. Trust Brian to provide expert guidance and compassionate support during this critical time.
Virtual Groups for Trauma & Addiction Recovery
Join Brian O'Shea's virtual men's group for trauma and addiction recovery. This supportive community provides a safe space for men to share experiences, insights, and strategies for healing. Connect with others who understand your journey and work together toward lasting recovery.