Dr. Brenda Ishmael

(Ed., D)
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About Me

Hello my name is Brenda Ishmael and I have been a Mental Health and Spiritual Counselor since 2004. I have worked with numerous couples over the years. Some going through my six-weeks premarital counseling curriculum, while others who are married or in a committed relationship and are experiencing difficulties. For most couples communication or the lack there of is the source of most relationship issues. I have been married for 26 years to the same person so I know first-hand the challenges marriage can bring. When I counsel couples I use my professional training, personal experiences and the spirit to lead me in helping couples.

My counseling style is energized, 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 relationship issues that you are facing. My wish for you is to be the best possible version of yourself within your relationship. Couples should not be just existing in the same space, but thriving and vibing with each other and I am here to help you with the challenges you are now facing.


  • 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

  • Phone

  • Video


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


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 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.