Brooke Garren, LCSW
Coffee. All day, every day.
If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza since there are many variations.
What’s your favorite holiday?
Christmas. I love all of the glitter and sparkly lights. I love all of the cheer that is associated with “the most wonderful time of the year”.
How do you like to relax and unwind after your workday?
I love to read or listen to a book or podcast.
Brooke (she, her, hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker committed to treating individuals, couples and families navigating neurological differences. Her clinical interests lie in aiding neurodivergents to understand themselves, hone their differences, and in teaching families how to support their neurodivergent loved ones in an affirming way. She also focuses on addressing trauma, sensory integration issues, perfectionism, and self-esteem/self-acceptance.
Brooke uses a person-centered, strength-based approach in working with clients and the relationships they have in their lives. Brooke believes the dominant approach to ND care in schools and therapeutic approaches are at odds with neurodivergent affirming care and fails to understand the complexity of the individual and their unique differences. To mitigate this, Brooke uses an integrative model of change, highlighting the strengths of different theories to fit the clients’ identified needs.
Brooke is both a nurturing and direct therapist, displaying patience with the process of treatment and providing a safe and secure relationship with which clients can process their vulnerabilities. With a client’s aspirations in mind, she holds him or her accountable for the change they desire and moves with them on their path to achieving their goals.
Brooke received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She has extensive training in neurodivergent therapy, crisis intervention, behavioral therapy, and trauma. Brooke is currently pursuing additional certifications DIR/Floortime and Autplay Therapy.