Dr. Renee Brush

(PhD)

About Me

First, I want to say "bravo" to you for taking the first step in getting help! That by far is the most difficult step. I know starting therapy can create so much anxiety, which is why I believe my first job is to help you feel more comfortable as we begin to work together. With me, you can count on feeling accepted and validated as you are. I will help you understand why you developed those behaviors you believe are problematic in order to help you feel better about you and your choices in life.

During therapy, I prefer to work with a person in a collaborative manner. While I may know tools and techniques to help you get better, you are the expert on you. Thus, I want you to be comfortable with the goals we choose to tackle, so you have the final say on those goals. The frameworks I use include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), attachment theory, and Somatic Experiencing (i.e., a body-focused form of therapy). Much of who we are as adults is learned through our relationships (i.e., our attachments) when we are children and guide how we interact with people as adults. Some of these experiences may result in faulty ways of thinking (e.g., "I can't do this."). Also, people may not learn how they are feeling, so they may know they feel bad but not know why. These are all things we can learn or improve on in therapy. As you learn to connect with yourself better, you will be able to have better relationships with the people in your life.

I am licensed in the state of Virginia. Please note that my listed hours for online or phone therapy are times I have set to be available. However, my time is flexible, so if those times do not work for you, we can agree on other times that are mutually convenient. I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 3

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

Psychologist #0810005575 (Expires: 2020-06-30)


Reviews

Written by A.I. on May 07, 2019 after counseling with Renee for 10 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse

Dr. Brush helps me see things from a different perspective. I've uncovered a lot in my sessions with her help and her guidance. She's a wonderful therapist who responds in a timely manner, always makes connections I wouldn't even think of making myself and gives me concrete ways to cope.

Written by P.A. on May 04, 2019 after counseling with Renee for 10 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse

Dr. Brush meets you where you are session to session. She remembers practically everything you say so you never have to explain where you're coming from. She's an excellent listener and helps you reach insights by applying her expertise subtly and by giving you training or perspective where necessary. She deftly handles dissociation, depersonalization, derealization, paranoia, and various other symptoms with care to help find the source of issues and personalized techniques that will work for you to manage them. She is compassionate about how hard all levels of mental health work can be - - and she's doing that work right along side you day and night.

Written by S.T. on Apr 19, 2019 after counseling with Renee for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

Dr. Brush is a very knowledgeable and supportive therapist. She continues to help me!

Written by R.O. on Apr 01, 2019 after counseling with Renee for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

In short, Dr. Brush helped me get to a point where I'm happier and prouder of who I am than I have been in a long time--or may have ever been. When I first started BetterHelp and needed someone to talk to, her replies never took more than a few hours, if that. As I started to get my feet underneath me, the communication slowed down, but that was because I slowed down the messages on my side as I tried to put what we talked about into practice and see how it affected my everyday life. Even so, she was always there ready to answer within a day or less. Her replies were insightful and she made sure to touch on everything I would say, so I knew she actually read my entire message (even when it was a small book's worth of writing). I can't say enough good things about Dr. Brush. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone.

Written by C.A. on Mar 28, 2019 after counseling with Renee for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and grief

Dr. Brush is awesome. She has a lot of different techniques to help me. She's also a great listener and very helpful.

Written by Y.I. on Oct 26, 2018 after counseling with Renee for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Dr. Brush it’s amazing and I’m glad she is my counselor.

Written by R.O. on Oct 08, 2018 after counseling with Renee for 3 months on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Dr. Brush is a wonderfully empathetic counselor. She takes the time to understand my problem, helps me discover new ways to think about it, and uses her depth of professional knowledge to help me make plans to address my issues. I think the world of her.

Written by K.E. on Jul 07, 2018 after counseling with Renee for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, eating, self esteem, anger, and bipolar

Dr. Brush is great! She is very kind, works on my schedule to chat when she can, and responds as timely as she can with her own life! Her “real life limits” as I call them stil allow her talk to plenty on chat :)

Written by J.O. on Jun 08, 2018 after counseling with Renee for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Dr. Brush has truly been wonderful with her expertise, concern, and follow-up. I highly recommend her.