1 in 7 people who give birth will experience a perinatal mood disorder (PMAD). Examples include post partum depression, anxiety, OCD, and in rare instances, post partum psychosis. Fathers and non-birthing parters may also experience post partum mood disorders as well. Adoptive families can experience these as well. Brooke is certified in perinatal mental health through Post Partum Support International (PSI) and supports families of diverse types, genders and constellations. With help, it is possible to feel better.
Brooke is a certified Circle of Security Parenting Faciliator. This evidence based parenting program is designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-6, but parents of older children may benefit from the classes as well. Brooke offers COSP in a group format, as well as privately for families. She is also able to offer this program at schools. She also consults with parents and offers parenting support for parents of children of all ages.
A therapist with training and experience in infant mental health may be able to offer you support, insight and guidance. Infant mental health focuses on strengthening parent and child relationships in a compassionate environment. Brooke completed a yearlong fellowship program, The Irving Harris Infant Mental Health and Child Development Community Fellowship Program at the UC Denver Anschutz campus in their Department of Child Psychiatry. She enjoys supporting parents and caregivers of young children. She also consults and collaborates with early childhood educators and schools.
Brooke is an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S). She offers supervision towards the RPT credential. She also consults with mental health professionals about trauma, play therapy, EMDR therapy, infant mental health, and attachment. Consultation is also available in school settings.
Brooke believes her growth as a therapist is a lifelong process and that therapists should seek consultation and supervision, no matter how experienced they are. There is always more to learn. She has training in reflective supervision and consultation and enjoys connecting with other therapists in this capacity.
Many parents and caregivers wonder if play therapy is right for their child. Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy that allows therapists to connect with children in the language they use best: play. During therapeutic play, children can process feelings and experiences. Play therapy is an evidence-based field, and play therapy modalities have been found to help children process anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, depression and can even help children feel more empowered in their own lives.
The Association for Play Therapy defines play therapy as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained Play Therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.” Play therapy most often is used with clients under the age of 12, but Brooke uses elements of play therapy with clients throughout the lifespan.