Jenna Watson, MSW, LCSW

Jenna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a therapist at Brickel & Associates, LLC in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC, as well as a Master of Education degree from Harvard University.

Jenna embraces a strengths-based and solution-focused, collaborative, holistic, and empowering approach in her therapeutic work. She integrates her understanding of both mental health and adult and adolescent learning principles when supporting clients in comprehending and making desired changes to their thoughts, feelings, and behavior. This approach helps foster hope, self-compassion, and acceptance to improve overall wellbeing and functioning.

Jenna utilizes an eclectic approach to therapeutic care, including Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (CBT),  Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), writing and other expressive arts, and mindfulness-based interventions. She has also completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Her goal is to help clients compassionately understand the origins of unhelpful beliefs, behaviors, and relational patterns and replace these with healthier and more fulfilling alternatives.

Jenna has experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups.  Jenna is committed to helping clients engage in healthy, respectful, safe relationships of all kinds.

Jenna has advanced clinical training in sexual issues affecting adults and couples and also brings sound understanding of concerns related to maternal mental health. She is also interested and experienced in working with LGBTQ+ populations.

Jenna has extensive experience in supporting survivors of all forms of domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual assault and sexual trauma, stalking, harassment, bullying, and cyberabuse. Jenna also brings significant experience addressing the grief/loss and shame that commonly accompany these and other life challenges.

Jenna is also experienced in supporting clients contending with anxiety and panic, depression, body dysmorphia and appearance or eating-related concerns, addictions and self-harming behaviors, perfectionism and excessive self-criticism, specific phobias, obsessions and compulsions, adjustments to significant life changes, and challenges with health, employment, and family.

As an experienced trauma therapist, Jenna endeavors to help clients understand and heal from the impacts of trauma on the body and brain while maintaining their emotional safety and fostering their resilience and post-traumatic growth. She believes in a creative approach and that therapy can be joyous and fun, even when processing difficult material.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Counseling Association
  • Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Workers
  • EMDR International Association
  • National Association for Poetry Therapy
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists

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