Brandon Muncy

“In this universe we are given two gifts: the ability to love, and the ability to ask questions. Which are, at the same time, the fires that warm us and the fires that scorch us.”
-- Mary Oliver

Therapist (LCPC) - Offering in-person & virtual therapy

Pronouns: he/him, they/them

Hi, I’m Brandon Muncy,

Do you find yourself playing out the same scenarios and challenges in your relationships? Do you feel like you're experiencing conflicts and are struggling to make a change? Maybe you feel uncertain about who you are and where your life is headed. Therapy can be a wonderful tool in helping you deepen your understanding of your own self, needs, and patterns and identify areas for transformation. Whether that is navigating aspects of identity like gender and sexual orientation, career, or identifying healthier ways of relating to yourself and others - therapy can help.

While you are the expert on you in the room, I view myself as an active collaborator and participant in helping you move towards authenticity, insight, and lasting change. None of us is able to choose where we begin in life, especially when it comes to family, identity, and culture. However, we can learn to break old cycles and move towards more meaningful and supportive relationships with others and ourselves.

Why I’m a therapist 

I view the work of therapy in the greater scope of society and progress. As we help individuals lead healthier lives we create a healthier society overall. My work is based on Feminist and Queer theories, which are oriented on helping to make the world a safer place for difference.

What I love about being a therapist 

I love watching people discover new insights about themselves and the world. And, consequently, help them leave outdated and unhelpful beliefs behind. For me, it's an honor to be part of the process of healing. And helping people lead more congruent lives and engage in more fulfilling relationships.

I particularly enjoy helping couples navigate conflict by opening up more effective ways of communication and connection. Over the years I've helped many couples by facilitating discussions around open relationships and marriages. Additionally, I have a decade of experience, as both an advocate and clinician, working with numerous aspects of gender affirmation care for trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming clients.

Specific areas of specialization

  • Identity development with LGBTQ+ individuals
  • Men's issues
  • Navigating career concerns
  • Relationships (poly, open, and monogamous)
  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Family of origin issues
  • College student development
  • Existential and spiritual concerns

My therapeutic style

I bring a systems perspective to my work as a therapist. Therefore, I pay attention to the profound impact that society, culture, relationships, and family play on mental health. As we move through the world we can adopt unhelpful ways of thinking and relating to ourselves and others. That mindset can inhibit our ability to experience fulfilling relationships and lead our fullest lives. I view my role in this process less as the "expert" in the room, and more as a collaborator and guide as you navigate life's challenges.

My framework resides in feminist and queer theoretical perspectives. I pair this with evidence-based approaches to increase insight and skills in managing life's challenges such as CBT, ACT, The Gottman Method for relationships, and mindfulness. I am also trained in EMDR for simple traumas.

My education and experience

I am a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC). I received my master's degree in Counselor Education and my advanced master's in Mental Health Counseling from Indiana University, Bloomington. Currently, I have 9 years of experience working in mental health and gender-affirming care, primarily in university settings. Most recently, I provided leadership around LGBT+ services and initiatives at Loyola University Maryland.

Above all, I am passionate about social justice issues and working to make the world a safer place for difference. In my free time, I enjoy archery, running, learning ASL, and playing the violin poorly.

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Blog Posts by Brandon Muncy

Social Justice Minded Counseling: Why Social Justice and Mental Health are Inseparable

“Did you know the heart has a dungeon? Bring light! Bring light!” — Mary Oliver (Red Bird: Poems 2009) Hi, y’all. You may notice a different tone from me in this post. First and foremost because social justice counseling is a topic near and dear to my heart as anything can be. Secondly, it feels […]

Most common questions on Finding a Therapist as an LGBTQIA+ Person

Throughout my career, I’ve gravitated to working with various Queer communities. Not surprising given my original clinical training at the LGBGTQIA+ Cultural Center, or a certain beloved Midwestern university. One of the recurring challenges I’ve seen LGBTQIA+ people face while searching for a therapist is finding providers who are both affirming and knowledgeable. Unfortunately the former doesn’t […]

Starting Therapy: 4 Ways to Get the Most Out of It

A recurring theme I hear a lot in therapy, both from clinicians and from clients, is the idea of a good therapist and good therapy. This can be particularly important when you are considering starting therapy. Now, to be clear, I do think that some approaches are simply better for certain clients’ mental health concerns. For […]

3 Tips from a Baltimore Therapist for Checking in on your Relationship

There’s a folksy adage I grew up with, in the rural Midwest, perhaps you did too in your neck of the woods, of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Like a lot of folksy sayings from back home, there are certainly times that it’s good advice: home or car improvement projects you aren’t qualified […]

5 Tips for LGBTQ+ Folks Using Dating and Hookup Apps

Many LGBTQ+ folks (lovingly referred to as queer from here on) expressed to me throughout the pandemic that certain dating apps, you probably know which ones I mean, have become a ubiquitous part of life. During surges in the pandemic, socializing and dating through apps became ostensibly safer than physically entering other traditionally queer spaces. […]

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