Brian Rink, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Specialties: Couples, Intimacy, Infidelity, Trauma, LGBTQIA+ and CNM

Contact:, (703) 278-2118, ext. 612

Starting October 2023, Brian will be seeing clients in person in Old Town Alexandria and Telehealth throughout Virginia.

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Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. I know seeking out a therapist can be stressful, and I encourage you to request a free 15-minute consult to get to know me better. You can email me at or call me at (757)788-2800, ext. 612.

I practice first and foremost as a Social Worker. This means I am a professional whose discipline is steeped in ethical ideas that all people are inherently worthy of dignity and respect and deserving of the right to self-determination.

Practice-wise, this means I meet each person where they are on their journey of healing and wholeness. I view my clients from the perspective of their life experiences, not because what has happened to us determines who we are but because I believe our experiences do shape who we are. Our life experiences are the lens through which we view the world as safe/unsafe. Our sense of safety then forms how we see ourselves and others and how we treat ourselves and others. This is where great change can be made manifest. Ridding ourselves of the shame so many of us live with lifts not only our self-esteem and mood but also our spirit and purpose. This new sense of dignity and worth is what I strive for, not only in myself but for every person I work with. Trust me, the journey is worth it. I know because I have walked the walk.

As you might be able to tell from the paragraph above, this is hard work. It takes time, it takes patience, and it takes grit. Hard work! The work of digging in deep, creating new patterns, attempting new behaviors, and questioning old ways. I am well trained and experienced to do this work with you and I would be honored if you chose to do that work with me.

In the therapy room, you will find me to be an open and honest guy. I practice relationally, which simply means I am not someone who believes the therapist should be so closed off and private that the client knows nothing about him. It also means that much of the healing work happens between you and me, our relationship, our ability to solve problems, and our ability to effectively talk and work things out.

I live in Northern Virginia but will always be a New Englander at heart. I have two adult daughters, one a nursing student and one an aspiring teacher. I am married to my husband, Ben, and have the privilege of being ruled by two canines whose names are Phineas and Katydid.

I welcome you to reach out for a consult so that we can start your journey. You can email me at or call me at (757)788-2800, ext. 612.


  • LGBT+
  • Consensual Non-Monogamy (CNM)
  • Attachment/Relational/Developmental Trauma
  • Anxiety & Mood Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Problem Sexual Behaviors
  • Process Addictions
  • First Responders
  • Clergy
  • Couples/Relationship Counseling (I am EFT trained and Gottman level 1)
  • Life Transitions
  • Sexual Intimacy and Health.


  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Work
  • Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
  • American Psychological Association (Affiliate Member)
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health


Private Pay Counseling Services

Initial Assessment for Individuals$200 for a 60-minute session
Individual Therapy Session $175 for a 50-minute session
Initial Assessment for Couples$250 for 60-minute session
Gottman Assessment for Couples$200 for assessment
Couples Therapy Session $200 for a 50-minute session
$220 for a 75-minute session
$250 for a 90-minute session
Late CancellationFull Session Fee for cancellation within 24 hours of appointment
No Show Appointment FeeFull Appointment Fee + phone call required to be reinstated on schedule


Cash, check and credit or debit cards are accepted for payment.


Brian is currently paneled with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for Virginia residents.  If Brian is not paneled with your insurance company and you prefer to use your insurance, he will be considered an out-of-network provider. You will be charged the private pay rates and will be provided with a receipt for services that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.