Brooke Allen

Licensed Professional Counselor, Staff Buddy Coordinator, Social Coordinator, Social Committee
Brooke Allen Portrait

Contact

She/Her

ballen@liveoakchicago.com

773.880.1310 ext. 7253

English

Education & Training

Licensure

  • LPC, 178.018004, Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, 2022

Degrees

  • MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2021
  • BA, English: Creative Writing, Webster University, 2002

Values & Philosophy

We are each the writer of our own story. Feelings and events outside of our control can sometimes make us feel like these stories are being written for us, not by us. When this happens we seek out ways to take back the authorship of our own individual experiences by developing new perspectives on the events that have shaped us. Meaning and clarity begin to form as we revise and deepen our understanding of our life stories.

I am a person-centered and relational therapist. This means that our sessions will be a collaborative and nurturing space where you are able to take the lead in developing a sense of self-compassion that promotes positive growth from within. In our work together we will use non-judgmental observation to recognize and untangle messaging you may have received throughout your life that is no longer serving you. We will explore your relationship with your values, the roles you have played in life and the ways your connection to self has been impacted by society and the world around you.

Elements of my own story include living in a blended family system, grief and loss, navigating privilege, queerness and fat liberation/body neutrality. I use empathetic listening, validation, humor and strength focused questioning with my clients to help gently guide them away from the stuck feeling that can sometimes occur in our lives. I work best with clients who are ready to jump in and begin the exploration.

Area of Focus & Specialization

  • Body Neutrality and Fat Liberation
  • Grief & Loss
  • Depression, Anxiety, & Stress
  • Adoption / Reunion
  • Mindfulness & Self Care
  • Identity Exploration & Development
  • Health Anxiety

I work with…

  • Individuals (adults)
  • Relationships (couples)
  • Families (blended, adoptive, interracial)

Modalities

  • LGBTQ Affirmative Practice
  • Feminist Approaches
  • Trauma Informed Practice
  • Person-Centered Approaches
  • Relational

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