Robin Hornstra, LCSW, RPT-S

Education and Clinical Training Chair

Co-Founder, The Refocus Center

Robin specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults and families in the areas of grief, loss, trauma, anxiety, depression and women’s issues. With more than 20 years of experience as a clinical social worker, Robin continues to grow as a clinician by becoming a registered play therapist through  the Association   of Play Therapy as well earning a certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) through the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA).

Robin Hornstra has been a licensed clinical social worker (LSCW) since 1996, and most of her experience has been with children and families. She also has a clear understanding of working with addictions, anger management, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Robin earned her Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Bachelors in Social Work from James Madison University. Robin is a charter member of the Association of Bachelaureate Social Workers and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Robin’s many years of experience through working at multiple community service boards provides her with a wealth of knowledge regarding managing crises, implementing individual, group, and family therapy, and advocating for her clients. Her style is to help clients find coping strategies as well as empower them to recognize and use their strengths and abilities to improve their lives.

An astute clinician, Robin provides thorough yet concise assessments and solution focused treatment plans. She has worked in urban, suburban, and rural settings with many different cultures. A resident of the greater Richmond area since 1988, she is familiar with Central VA and has a well-developed knowledge of a wide variety of community resources. When not providing clinical services, Robin enjoys reading, music, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Robin knows how to listen, helping clients identify and understand self-defeating thoughts and behaviors, encouraging them to make positive changes, and motivating them to learn and grow. 

The opportunity to help further the education and training of future clinicians is an opportunity that excites Robin because it is important to her to give back to the profession by helping developing clinicians enhance their personal growth, improve their decision making skills, foster better self-understanding, and teach the knowledge, skills, and attitudes important to ethical and professional clinical tasks.