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Trauma-informed Care With Robyn Brickel M.A., LMFT

Aug 9, 2023

Today, Diana hosts Robyn Brickel, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist boasting over 25 years of experience. During this episode, she will discuss the true nature of trauma and dispel any misconceptions surrounding it. Furthermore, she will delve into her three-stage trauma model, encompassing safety, stabilization, and addressing the root cause. This episode promises valuable insights into treatment methods, the dispelling of stigmas and myths, and the recognition of the significance of emotions. If you or someone you know is grappling with trauma, this is an essential listen to glean knowledge from Robyn’s wealth of experience.


  • [01:21] Robyn defines trauma and how that can vary from person to person
  • [02:33] Robyn describes how trauma presents itself and how she works with trauma victims
  • [06:30] Robyn states trauma affects the entire family, and there is a mind-body connection
  • [09:37] Robyn’s take on personality disorders and how we all cope. Concept of building tolerance
  • [13:04] Addressing myths like “bad things don’t happen to wealthy people” and “lift yourself up by your bootstraps”
  • [16:56] Case studies that Robyn shares and techniques that she uses


  • Trauma and its effects can happen to good people. Family members and friends need to be understanding.
  • Trauma can affect all socioeconomic levels, all religions, and all races.
  • Sometimes the terms people want to assign to trauma can harm the victim.


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Robyn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 25+ years of experience providing psychotherapy. She is 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 treating 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 the treatment of perinatal mental health from a trauma-informed lens. Robyn also guides clients and clinicians who wish to better understand trauma’s impact on mental health and relationships. She has a wide range of postgraduate trauma and addiction education. She 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 Certified Senior Facilitator, Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST), trained Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, and a Certified EMDRIA therapist and Approved Consultant. Robyn utilizes 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 daily about the intricacies of treating complex trauma and trauma’s impact on perinatal distress.


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