Emily Sanders is a Licensed Professional Counselor and therapist at Brickel and Associates, LLC, in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
Emily believes strongly in healing and recovery for all individuals, couples, and families struggling with mental health and relational issues. In recognizing that each individual or couple has different needs, she utilizes an eclectic approach to providing therapy in order to meet the unique needs of each client, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), art and expressive therapy techniques, and an overall interpersonal process. She approaches therapy with hope, compassion, and creativity to empower clients to access their personal strengths.
She has vast experience working with clients using eating disordered and self-harming behaviors as they attempt to manage their trauma. In her work with couples, Emily works collaboratively with clients to cultivate authentic connection, strengthen trust, and improve healthy and effective communication strategies. In addition, Emily also has a strong background and experience in working with clients in the LGBTQ+ community, and in treating postpartum depression and anxiety.
Through creating a safe and secure therapeutic relationship, Emily supports clients in creating meaningful and lasting change to overcome trauma, addiction, eating disorder behaviors, self-harm, anxiety and mood disorders, and perinatal mental health disorders. She is invested in participating in ongoing professional education and training, has received her Level 1 certificate in advanced trauma treatment, completed advanced clinical training in issues related to maternal mental health, and is an EMDR trained therapist currently working towards certification under the consultation of Robyn Brickel.