Brian Polis attained his Master’s Degree in Counseling from California State University, Northridge where he focused on Professional Clinical and School Counseling. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development at the University of Maryland. Brian is passionate about working with adolescents and he has developed his therapeutic approach as a counselor in a variety of K-12 institutions as well as with a local agency dedicated to treating childhood trauma and preventing child abuse. His clinical interests include childhood trauma, teen depression, and working with youth who struggle in school and/or academics.
Brian approaches therapy with a humanistic mindset, believes in the power of narrative therapy, and emphasizes developing authentic communication with each teen. His goal is to foster and emphasize the unique strengths of each youth.
Dr. Nalin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Founder and Executive Director of Paradigm Treatment Centers, who has been a respected leader in the field of adolescent mental health for more than 20 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, his Master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, his Doctoral degree from Pacific University’s APA approved Clinical Psychology program, and completed his training at the University of California, San Diego’s APA approved psychology internship program.
Dr. Nalin has provided training and mentoring to students entering the field of psychology at institutions of learning including Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, UCSD, Pacific University, and Santa Monica College. He was also instrumental in the development of the treatment component of Los Angeles County’s first Juvenile Drug Court, which now serves as a national model.
Dr. Nalin has appeared as an expert on shows ranging from CBS News and Larry King, to CNN, The Today Show and MTV. He was also featured in an Anti-Drug Campaign for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
Dr. Nalin is a Diplomate of the National Institute of Sports Professionals and a Certified Sports Psychologist as well as a Certified Chemical Dependency Intervention Specialist. He lectures and conducts workshops nationally on the issues of teen mental health, substance abuse prevention, and innovative adolescence treatment.
In 2017 Dr. Nalin was awarded The Sigmund Freud Foundation and Sigmund Freud University’s Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of his work with youth in the field of mental health over the course of his career.