Dr. Brian J. Mistler is licensed clinical psychologist trained in Gestalt Therapy, CBT, and Meditation informed primarily by the Sufi, Ch'an Buddhism, and Advaita Vedanta traditions, Dr. Mistler has extensive experience working with individuals of all ages on a range of issues including depression, anxiety, and life purpose. Mistler has served on the board of directors for several local and national non-profits including The Safe Harbors Crisis Center, and has worked as a therapist and clinical supervisor for others in private practice and for various universities in Florida, Virginia, and New York.
In addition to a small private practice for select clients (now closed), Dr. Mistler has held administrative appointments with various universities, served on the teaching faculty for medical residents and fellows at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Florida. Dr. Mistler also taught previously at The University of Florida, The University of Central Florida, and Virginia Commonwealth University, with courses titles that included “The Emotional Life of Wealth: Family, Business, Power, and Love”, “The Psychology of Community”, and “Psychology of Humor”, and as an instructor in “Mental Health Disaster Response” and “Psychological First Aid” for the American Red Cross.
Mistler is the author of over one hundred professional conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications on mental health issues in newspapers and top journals, and is co-editor of the book Global Perspectives on Research, Theory, and Practice: A Decade of Gestalt! While excited to work with clients of all backgrounds, Mistler has developed a special research focus and expertise working with professionals in five select fields known to have elevated rates of depression and addiction: Lawyers, Healthcare Workers, Financial Advisors & Accountants, Entertainers, and Salespeople.
Dr. Mistler received his bachelor’s degree in computer science, philosophy, and humanities from Stetson University and, as a Rotary Scholar to the U. K., his master’s degree in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford. Mistler completed an American Psychological Association pre-doctoral psychology internship at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Medical College of Virginia and a five year training program in individual and group therapy at the Gestalt Center of Gainesville. Mistler received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Florida.