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Brenda Atkinson, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Depression
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About me

I am an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twenty years’ experience. Much of my expertise is in working with individuals struggling with mood disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship issues, parenting concerns, blended families, substance abuse and career challenges. My most prolific area of expertise is assisting individuals who want to grow emotionally and spiritually through all of life transitions such as early adulthood, middle age and later life.

My education was in Psychology and Social Work completed at the University of Louisville with an emphasis on Family Systems Theory. My approach in therapy is sensitive to individual needs and goals as well as structured in cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic theories, mindfulness, humanistic and existential therapies. I believe that the individual and therapist relationship is foundational in that I strive to be genuine and compassionate to offer you the best opportunities for growth and healing.

I admire your strength and courage for reaching out for assistance and hope to be a part of your growth and success!

Professional experience

27yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Family conflicts Trauma, Abuse Depression

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Antisocial Personality, Attachment issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver issues and stress, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Control issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and separation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / loneliness, Jealousy, Life purpose, Midlife crisis, Mood disorders , Narcissism, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-love, Sex Addiction, Social anxiety and phobia, Trichotillomania, Women's issues, Workplace issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered

Live Chat

License information

VA LCSW 0904015906



These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Brenda Atkinson. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Brenda is an excellent therapist who made me feel right at home. She is respectful, calming, and gives great guidance. Her gentle guidance led me to some revelations about myself that have truly helped me on my healing journey. I would recommend Brenda to anyone.

Written on Jun 07, 2024 after therapy with Brenda for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Brenda listens to my concerns and is very open minded. As someone who identifies as a lesbian, being open minded was important to me. Brenda is a sweet southern woman with a mama bear personality. She is non judgemental and I appreciate that I am able to completely unmask and say exactly how I'm feeling. I also appreciate that she knows she can brash with me when I need to hear it, even though I don't think she'd be this way with more sensitive people, she knows that I need a "straight shooter" to get through to me, and I appreciate her being so genuine and transparent in her approach with me specifically. She's always a joy to talk to, and even if I spend the whole session just venting, she listens and supports me and remembers things I've talked about, and I feel seen and understood by her. I talk to everyone I know about Brenda and I couldn't be happier!

Written on May 08, 2024 after therapy with Brenda for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and adhd

Brenda has been there with me for the past 3+ years. Her experience and expertise has been such a gift to me. I joined BetterHelp when I was drowning in anxiety, unable to function. Brenda helped me learn how to manage my anxiety and build up my tools in my toolbox. Brenda also helped me find a new career that I love and am learning so much about. I cannot thank Brenda enough for her help and support!

Written on Apr 10, 2024 after therapy with Brenda for 3 years and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

We’ve only had one meeting, but so far, I think she’s done very well relating to me

Written on Apr 01, 2024 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and anger management

Brenda is very kind and understanding. She makes you feel very seen in your experience, whatever that may be. We have only had 2 appointments, but I am feeling hopeful and looking forward to our future sessions together.

Written on Mar 05, 2024 after therapy with Brenda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Brenda is very relaxed in her approach which made me instantly comfortable. She is not judge mental at all which helped remove stigma with sharing my story. She seems tk genuinely care about me and seeing my personal growth.

Written on Feb 20, 2024 after therapy with Brenda for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue