Brandy DeFiglio, LMFT

Adjunct Professor
Marriage and Family Therapy

Brandy Nashold DeFiglio (she/her), LMFT earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Mass Communication from the University of Delaware, and her Master of Family Therapy from Drexel University.  She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy) Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow.

Brandy has devoted her career to advocating that relationships are the critical environment for growth, change and healing.  She spent over a decade working with families with profound intergenerational complex trauma and significant attachment challenges.  From that experience, her clinical specialties have grown to include the influence of early life experiences, quality of relationships and intergenerational transmission of trauma on current functioning. Through research, training and clinical practice, she has seen how unresolved trauma and poor attachment relationships leave people to use unhealthy mechanisms to survive their environments.  These patterns of behavior and relating in time no longer serve healthy development and necessitate innovative trauma treatment and supportive and consistent relational support.  She is a staunch believer that healing is done in safe relationships with exploration and treatment of and within the multitude of systems each individual and family belong.

She holds advanced certifications in The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (Level One: Individual and Level Two: Train-the-Trainer), Trauma Art Narrative Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy in addition to multiple modalities of systemic family therapy.

Professionally she has presented on such topics as: complex trauma, attachment challenges, innovative practices in residential care, and families formed by adoption at the Building Bridges Initiative Summer Training Event, the Inaugural Greater Philadelphia Trauma Training Conference, the Northeastern Adoption and Child Welfare Summit, and the International Sanctuary Network Conference.

Brandy teaches Addictions and the Family and Contextual Family Therapy in La Salle’s Counseling and Family Therapy Master’s Program.

Brandy resides in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and two children.