About the Practice


Robyn E. Brickel, MA, LMFTAAMFT clinical fellow

Therapist and Director of Practice

Robyn Brickel LMFT

Robyn E. Brickel, MA, LMFT is the director and lead therapist at Brickel and Associates, LLC in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, which she founded in 1999.

She is deeply committed to clinical practice, professional education and better public awareness of mental health issues.

A Strengths-Based Approach to Care

Robyn practices a strengths-based approach to therapy. She helps clients process and overcome trauma, addictions, challenged family systems, and mood disorders including maternal mental health issues. She works with individuals (both adolescents and adults), couples, families, and groups. With advanced training and experience in the treatment of trauma, dissociation and addiction, Robyn helps people make and maintain positive changes in their lives.

Clients find a safe therapeutic environment for recovering from dysfunctional relationships, anxiety, depression, abuse history, addictions, and eating disordered behaviors. New skills learned in treatment include a better understanding of how to work from personal strengths.

Support for Adolescents

Robyn’s work with at-risk adolescents goes beyond behavioral interventions and resolving negative school performance. Working with young people and teens, she taps into the strengths of community and family systems, helping members grow and thrive together.

Robyn speaks to school and parent groups about mental health risks facing young people today. Two presentations, co-created with colleague Denise Tordella, LPC, describe working with adolescents and their families in a collaborative approach to treating substance abuse and the trauma of domestic violence.

The Washington Post and Washington Parent magazine have featured her insights in articles about the dangers of adolescent marijuana use and teen dating safety.

Clinical Consultant and Community Resource

Robyn is a dedicated and supportive resource to colleagues and other professionals through clinical consultations. An expert in trauma-informed care, Robyn is a compassionate and knowledgeable clinician and sought-after resource for collaborative support.

Robyn provides case consultations to local therapists in treating trauma, addictions, self-harming behaviors and mood disorders. She has served as a consulting therapist to local schools, communities, and medical facilities and providers. She works with substance abuse treatment providers and eating disorder facilities around the US, aiding recovery from substance abuse, alcohol addiction, eating disordered behaviors and co-occurring disorders.

Robyn gives back to the community, volunteering as a mental health consultant to local organizations and schools. She educates adolescents and families about addiction, and works with local non-profit organizations to raise awareness of the mental health effects of domestic violence.

In addition to her clinical and volunteer work, Robyn runs a full practice of several counseling professionals, and teaches continuing education classes.

Maternal Mental Health Support

Supporting maternal mental health is an important part of Robyn’s practice. She works with local postpartum support groups and with fertility specialists, helping treat issues including postpartum anxiety and depression.

For a complete list of her post-graduate training, see the curriculum vita below.

Post-Licensure Training and Education Programs

Professional Affiliations


Robyn’s CV

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