Live a Fuller,
In my practice I cultivate a safe space where clients can talk freely and openly about their emotions, experiences, and the challenges they face. I encourage a collaborative and interactive process. Together, we can explore many levels of experience, from the physical to the mental, and emotional to the spiritual. The goal is to enable you to live a fuller, freer, and more creative life.
Meet Brook Stone
Brook is a seasoned therapist who works in a fluid manner attending to therapeutic interactions while helping to unearth patterns that lie beneath the surface. Her warm and accepting personality puts people at ease, and many clients describe how they feel immediately comfortable with her. Brook's approaches include interpersonal/ relational psychotherapy, guided imagery, and applied mindfulness, which she integrates and adapts in accordance with each client's needs. The aim is to help people understand themselves more deeply and achieve a fresh perspective on the problems they face.
Brook has worked with many different psychological issues including anxiety, depression, unresolved grief, and relationship problems.
She has also worked extensively with people suffering from cancer and other complex medical conditions, helping them learn to apply complementary methods of self-care while navigating accompanying emotional issues. In addition to her work with couples and families affected by illness, she has taught and led many meditation and support groups. Since 2002, she has led a weekly class in Meditation and Guided Imagery for cancer patients and their caregivers at the Osher Center, in collaboration with the UCSF Cancer Resource Center. Another area of special interest is dealing with issues that arise in the course of spiritual inquiry and meditative practice. Brook is aware of the impact these practices can have, especially in terms of stirring up deep feelings and exposing unresolved issues.
“I cultivate a relationship where clients can talk openly about the full range of their emotions.”
Brook is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist who received her Masters of Social Work degree from Smith College. She is passionately interested in the ways in which therapy can alleviate suffering and help transform a life. She has studied relational psychoanalytic thought and attachment theory for many years. She has an ongoing interest in neuropsychology and understands how therapy and mindfulness together can help rewire the brain. She completed The Essentials Course in AEDP (an experiential emotion-focused approach).
She has been a student of mindfulness meditation for over 40 years, having studied with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and many other prominent teachers. She has completed an Interpersonal Neurobiology course with Dr. Dan Siegel and a 2-year "Heavenly Messengers" training program, sponsored jointly by Spirit Rock and the Metta Institute addressing illness, aging, death and awakening. This was both a contemplative and service-oriented program. She also completed Spirit Rock's Advanced Practitioners Program.
She continues to be an avid student of psychology, of contemporary psychoanalytic thought, and she remains devoted to her own spiritual development through regular meditation retreats and contemplative inquiry. She brings this distinctive blend of interests to her work with clients.
She cultivates a safe space where clients can express their fears, hopes and the challenges they face. She has worked with people who are dealing with:
Difficulties finding meaningful love and work
Grief and loss
Coping with cancer and other complex medical conditions
Couples and other relationship issues
Aligning psychological and spiritual growth