Robyn Brickel


Robyn Brickel


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - 0717000983
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage


300 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

My Approach to Helping

Robyn Brickel, practice director and licensed marriage and family therapist, has helped innumerable couples, families, and individuals create and maintain positive changes. Her proactive and positive approach to therapy boosts her clients' self-esteem while helping them build healthier relationships and achieve emotional, behavioral, and cognitive changes. Your therapist will help you build a stable and safe environment both in therapy and throughout your life. This stable, safe environment will offer you new tools, as well as clear boundaries that can help you explore various coping strategies while boosting your abilities and strengths. We're excited to accompany you on this journey.

More Info About My Practice

Robyn Brickel has been a therapist in Old Town Alexandria since 1999. Robyn's expertise is in demand. Robyn is a Connecticut native, and has offered counseling at a variety of treatment facilities, including an intensive outpatient substance abuse program in her home state. She also worked in private practice, and directed a one-on-one mentoring program for youth at risk. She graduated from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, with a master's degree in marriage and family therapy.

Robyn is licensed in Virginia as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT), and treats families, couples, individuals, and groups, including both adolescents and adults. She believes in the value of continuing education, and routinely seeks out continued professional training to remain abreast of new developments in her field. She has post-graduate training in ego state psychotherapy, internal family systems, sensorimotor psychotherapy, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) and Imago relational therapy, as well as training with maternal mental health issues, including infertility and postpartum depression. She also completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), in addition to completing a certificate program in advanced trauma treatment.

Robyn's post-licensure education includes:
-Training from the Center for Healing and Imagery in ego state psychotherapy
-An advanced trauma treatment certification from the Advanced Institute of Psychotherapy Training, Inc.
-Training in sensorimotor approaches to trauma
-Level I and II certifications in EMDR
-Training in many trauma-informed therapy models, including the treatment of substance abuse/alcohol and process addictions, dissociation, and other effects of trauma
-Advanced (externship & core skills) training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
-Specialty Training in the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT)
-Training in Imago Relational Therapy
-Specialty training from Postpartum Support International and the 2020 Mom Project, including the Completion of the Maternal Mental Health certificate training and other Paternal Mental Health trainings

Robyn's professional affiliations include:
-Clinical Fellow Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Associate Member, Mid-Atlantic Association for Imago Relationship Therapists (MAIT)
-Full Member, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)
-Member of The American Psychological Association?s Division 56: Trauma Psychology
-Member of The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH)
-Full Member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)
-Lifetime Member of International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
-Clinical Member of Postpartum Support International (PSI)
-Professional Member, National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

My Therapy Focus

Robyn E. Brickel, M.A., LMFT, LLC works with clients on a range of issues and concerns and has experience with clients of all ages, backgrounds, and belief systems. The foundation of effective therapy is a safe, trusting and collaborative relationship. We will work with you to develop a plan that is tailored to your goals and needs. Robyn's treatment style is active and supportive.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Trauma survivors, men, women, adolescents, couples, families

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
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