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Lynnel Brewster, RN, LPC, LLMFT, CCTP

Clinical Director

Lynnel Brewster is an accomplished professional in substance use disorder counseling and therapy. As the Clinical Director at Sanford Behavioral Health, she is vital in providing comprehensive care to individuals struggling with substance use. Lynnel’s extensive educational background and wealth of experience make her an invaluable asset to the Sanford Behavioral Health organization. 

Lynnel obtained her master’s degree in counseling from Geneva College in Pennsylvania, where she honed her skills and developed a deep understanding of therapeutic techniques. She also holds a Registered Nurse (RN) qualification from the Sewickley Valley School of Nursing, which gives her a unique perspective on healthcare and enables her to integrate medical knowledge into her counseling practice. 

In addition to her counseling and nursing qualifications, Lynnel has a limited license in marriage and family therapy (LLMFT). This licensure ensures specialized counseling services to couples and families, addressing the complex dynamics and challenges that often arise within the family system.  

Lynnel’s dedication to professional growth and commitment to helping individuals affected by trauma is evident in her status as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). This certification demonstrates her specialized knowledge and skills in trauma-focused therapy, equipping her to effectively address the underlying traumas that often contribute to substance use disorders. 

As the Clinical Director, Lynnel collaborates closely with Sanford’s clinical and medical staff, overseeing and coordinating all aspects of therapy. Her multifaceted role encompasses the management of residential treatment programs, day programs, outpatient programs, and the recently introduced virtual care option. Lynnel’s leadership and expertise contribute to the development and implementation of comprehensive treatment plans, fostering an environment of healing and recovery for Sanford’s patients. Her commitment to providing high-quality care and her proficiency in various therapeutic modalities make her an exceptional clinical director. 


In her free time, Lynnel loves to read, cook and spend time with family, especially with her grandchildren.

Lynnel says, “I consider working at Sanford, with the other gifted therapists and staff, an honor and privilege. To have the opportunity to direct our programming efforts, and bring hope to our clients and their families early in the recovery process is extremely rewarding. And my desire is to provide a safe place for our clients and their families to grow in their recovery and healing.”