Dr. Brenda Ishmael

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About Me

Hello my name is Brenda Ishmael and I have counseled young people since 2004 in a private practice and school setting. Being a mom of two teenage boys and working with hundreds of teens over the years, I know that you all have to deal with a lot. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, friendship issues, concerns about school and social concerns.

My counseling style is high energy, engaging, and assisting the client in understanding their thoughts, beliefs, and actions. I believe in treating everyone with compassion, humility on a non-judgmental basis. We all have issues in life that we sometimes try to solve on our own, but talking in a safe environment with a professional, will help you to develop positive coping mechanism to your issues. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and reality therapy. During every session I give you 100% of myself and during that time, you are my top priority.

I applaud you for seeking to have a better understanding of the life issues that you are facing. My wish for you is to be the best possible version of yourself. Life should not be just existing, but living and I am here to help you with the challenges you are now facing.

I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Infidelity , Jealousy , Multicultural Concerns , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 17

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #7862 (Expires: 2023-08-31)


Reviews

Written by M.A. on Oct 19, 2021 after therapy with Brenda for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

She has been helpful.

Written by K.A. on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks

She has been very helpful working with my daughter.

Written by C.A. on Oct 10, 2021 after therapy with Brenda for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Dr. Ishmael has helped us so much. We would recommend her to a friend.

Written by S.T. on Sep 07, 2021 after therapy with Brenda for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

She’s exceptional and knows how to tackle every situation. Really enjoying my sessions.

Written by M.A. on Aug 30, 2021 after therapy with Brenda for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Amazing amazing amazing !

Written by K.E. on Aug 11, 2021 after therapy with Brenda for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

I have only had 3 sessions and each session has always touched on why I started counseling in the first place. I like that aspect. It's great to have that listening ear and that sound advice to help me understand things I have questioned over and over. It makes a difference when working with someone who can understand your feelings but also remind you of reality. My nerves are completely gone and I look forward to each session!

Written by S.E. on Aug 10, 2021 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

Dr. Ishmael made me feel better on the very first session. She is clearly a caring, attentive counselor and was a tremendous help in putting my problems into perspective right away in a gentle, professional and caring way. She is a great listener!

Written by S.A. on Aug 07, 2021 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and anger management

Dr. Ishmael makes me feel comfortable discussing my issues with her. She also gave me some good ideas to follow up with and was non judgemental. I am hopeful that she can be helpful getting me through my issues.

Written by D.E. on Aug 02, 2021 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

From the start I can tell Dr. Ishmael is very experienced and intelligent. She addresses and give solutions to every issue me and my partner have, even things I didn't know about.