Brooke Allen

Graduate Intern
Brooke Allen

Contact

She/Her

Works at Lakeview

ballen@liveoakchicago.com

773.880.1310 ext. 7253

English

Education & Training

Degrees

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

Values & Philosophy

We all have a story to tell. However, societal pressures, expectations, traumas, stress, depression and more can sometimes make us feel like these stories are being written for us, not by us. In our work together, we will discover ways to take back the authorship of our own individual experiences by developing new perspectives on the events that have shaped us. My background as a writer and theatre artist has helped inform my philosophy that life is full of revised drafts and rehearsals. Meaning and clarity begin to form as we build upon each story that we tell about ourselves.

My own story includes personal experiences with adoption, living in a divorced and blended family system, grief and loss, erasure and body acceptance. These events have helped me create a life narrative that is based on character strength, resiliency, boundary setting, and having a strong sense of humor. I believe that personal identity is fluid and always evolving.

I use an integrative and humanistic treatment approach, which includes aspects of narrative, person-centered, existential, gestalt, mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) and psychodynamic models. I also believe in finding creative interventions such as role-playing, developing self-care techniques and bibliotherapy that work for you. In all of our time together I will use an affirmative, feminist and strength-based lens.

That’s my story, what’s yours?

Area of Focus & Specialization

  • Grief & Loss
  • Depression, Anxiety, & Stress
  • Adoption / Reunion
  • Body Image & Empowerment
  • Mindfulness & Self Care
  • Identity Exploration & Development

I work with…

  • Individuals (Adults, Adolescents)
  • Relationships (couples, non-monogomous) 
  • Families (blended, adoptive, interracial)

Modalities

  • LGBTQ Affirmative Practice
  • Feminist Approaches
  • Trauma Informed Practice
  • Psychodrama

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