Dr. Brendel has been licensed by the state of Virginia as a Professional Counselor since 1996, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1998, and holds a doctoral degree in Counseling from William & Mary. He has additional training and expertise in depression, self-esteem, stress management, anxiety reduction, relationship problems, organizational development, sexual issues, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples.
Dr. Brendel has previous experience as a high school counselor, marriage and family counselor and college counselor. Additionally, he has been a university faculty member for twenty-five years. He received a B.A. in Communications from Virginia Tech (1983), a M.Ed. in Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University (1991), and an Ed.S. (1994) and Ed.D. (1996) in Counseling from William & Mary. He currently serves on the Virginia Board of Counseling, having been appointed in 2009 by Governor Timothy M. Kaine, and then reappointed in 2019.