ABOUT ME & MY APPROACH
Dr. Brooke P. Halpern, Psy.D., J.D
I view therapy as a tool that can help create the emotional space so a person can identify and work towards personal change and goals. I take into account that often times the path someone is attempting to carve out for their future is shaped by their past, and also a reflection of who they hope to become.
I incorporate various approaches to therapy from interpersonal, somatic based interventions, cognitive behavioral, and emotion focused modalities. You may come to therapy knowing what you want and ready to implement change, or you may still be contemplating goals and lack the hope that anything can change. By meeting you exactly where you are, I am able to tailor my approach and draw on various interventions and theories to help each person move toward their goals.
TRAINING & EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
I received my B.A. in psychology and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999. Following graduation, I was torn about what career path to pursue. I ultimately chose to attend the University of Chicago Law School and graduated with my J.D. in 2003. I spent the next 6 years as a corporate litigator and legal recruiter.
After deciding to switch careers, I received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 2011 and my Doctorate in Psychology in 2016, both from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I completed training rotations in a variety of settings, including Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Services, Cook County Jail’s Sheriff’s Women’s Justice Program, DePaul University’s Counseling Services, and at Sankofa Psychological Services. I completed my Predoctoral Internship at Indiana University’s Counseling & Psychological Services where I was a part of the Sexual Assault Crisis Services (SACS) team and a SACS individual and group therapist. I completed my Post-Doctoral training at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy in Austin, Texas where I remained as a Licensed Psychologist and Training Director until the fall of 2018.