You and I have endured yet another year experiencing the impact of global trauma. We all need healing, hope, and compassion more than ever! In everything we do at Brickel and Associates, our goal is to allow for and aid in healing for our clients. We strive to empower more people to live life using a trauma-informed lens. And we continue to invite you to join us in decreasing the stigma toward mental illness and those in therapy for mental health.
Through the articles we’ve shared this year, we hope to have supported you along your journey towards health, compassion, empowerment, and healing, wherever in the journey you may be.
You may still be trying to comprehend, own, and accept that you have, in fact, experienced trauma in one of its many forms — whether it’s due to the loneliness of COVID, from gaslighting or abuse in a relationship, CPTSD from childhood relational trauma, or trauma from emotional injury. No matter where this work takes you, we wish you safety, knowledge, and compassion with yourself to understand that your actions and behaviors have made sense, given your trauma history. You make sense!
We hope you are able to hold space for yourself:
- To know that you were powerless over what happened — it was not your fault.
- To learn to feel your emotions without being overwhelmed.
- And to become more comfortable making decisions, even when everything feels risky.
My wish for you is that you’re able to experience the joy and healing from healthy relationships and that you feel supported in taking the next step to pursue trauma-informed therapy in 2022.
And if you are still on a waitlist for therapy, I want you to take good care of yourself with these tips.
As always, here’s to compassion, healthy relationships, and healing!
Take good care!
Robyn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 20+ years of experience providing psychotherapy, as well as the founder and clinical director of a private practice, Brickel and Associates, LLC in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. She and her team bring a strengths-based, trauma-informed, systems approach to the treatment of individuals (adolescents and adults), couples and families. She specializes in trauma (including attachment trauma) and the use of dissociative mechanisms; such as: self-harm, eating disorders and addictions. She also approaches treatment of perinatal mental health from a trauma-informed lens.
Robyn also guides clients and clinicians who wish to better understand the impact of trauma on mental health and relationships. She has a wide range of post graduate trauma and addictions education and is trained in numerous relational models of practice, including Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), and Imago therapy. She is a trained Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and is a Certified EMDRIA therapist and Approved Consultant. Utilizing all of these tools, along with mindfulness and ego state work to provide the best care to her clients. She prides herself in always learning and expanding her knowledge on a daily basis about the intricacies of treating complex trauma and trauma’s impact on perinatal distress.
She frequently shares insights, resources and links to mental health news on Facebook and Twitter as well as in her blog at BrickelandAssociates.com
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