Brooke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 18-plus years experience working in the area of mental health treatment and leadership. She has worked with individuals of all ages providing various treatment modalities; such as individual, family, couples, and group therapy. At New Directions, she will be focusing her work with individuals 18 years and older.
Brooke believes in a client-centered approach that is strength based. She incorporates various techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). She believes that every individual is unique and that together–during the therapeutic journey–there is hope, safety, and strength to overcome any obstacle.
Brooke has specialized working with individuals with depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, Schizoaffective disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and Germaphobia. In addition, she has extensive experience treating ADHD, PTSD and trauma. Issues related to women’s health include postpartum depression, PMDD, anxiety and food issues, body image issues, grief/loss, and chronic pain/ overall health management concerns.
Brooke earned her Master’s Degree of Social Work in 2004 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her undergraduate work was completed in 2000 at Shippensburg University, where she earned her Bachelor of Social Work. She has worked in many different settings and started off her career working with victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse. She transitioned to Foster Care Social Work in the Philadelphia area working with children/families, and then during her master’s program at Penn, she began her journey specifically focused on individuals struggling with mental health concerns. She has worked mostly in outpatient mental health settings, either in private practices or hospital locations, but also has leadership experience working as an associate director of an adult mental health subacute facility in the Philadelphia area.
Originally from the Harrisburg region, Brooke has recently moved to the Pittsburgh area. Brooke is excited to become more involved with the Pittsburgh community. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, yoga, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.