Liz Buchanan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Virginia and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the District of Columbia. She is a therapist at Brickel and Associates, LLC in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
Liz is committed to helping clients acknowledge and utilize their personal inner strengths and abilities to make desired changes in their lives. As a trauma-informed therapist, Liz creates a safe space for clients to share intimate and vulnerable information with an embodiment of comfort, genuine respect, and neutrality. She supports clients in becoming more aware of their capacity for change and are motivated to take the action steps to seek positive outcomes.
Liz is well versed in working with clients of all ages across the developmental spectrum. She works relationally with couples and family systems.
Liz has experience in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health, the school system, and private psychotherapy practice. Liz is skilled and has experience in supporting clients in the midst of crisis, as well as immediately after a traumatic incident has occurred. She understands the complexities of trauma and the use of substances or other dissociative mechanisms and works to help clients heal their underlying pain.
Liz is aware of the effects of postpartum mood disorders, as it was the concentration of her master’s program in Social work: Maternal, Child, Adolescent, and Family Health. She remains interested in helping people heal from the traumatic impact in their lives.
Liz incorporates a variety of treatment modalities in her clinical toolkit, including training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is able to help clients repair their emotional hurts and wounds with a foundation of safety, teaching containment, resourcing, and orienting the client to the present moment as the starting place.
Liz is passionate about her work and committed to furthering her education. She actively participates in trainings and keeps up with the current research in the field.