Tenesha Patrick Brooks, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
When relationships are stronger, they are more resilient and less vulnerable to stress and pressure. This is true at whatever stage in life you’re in. That’s why I take a solution-focused approach to therapy in which we seek answers while exploring questions like “why do I feel this way?” and build skills that reinforce your ability to be resilient. So much can happen in life, let me provide you with a place and space that’s safe and stable – a place to land.
WHO I WORK WITH
There is no limit to how old or young you may be. We all deal with the stresses and challenges in life. Therapy can be useful for everyone! I have sought training and obtained skills to work with anyone from childhood to adulthood. While we may individually be struggling, your relationships may be affected as well, perhaps everyone in your family is impacted and you all could use extra support. Sometimes it helps to set aside some time to focus on finding solutions. With specific training in motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy I can provide you with a means to start figuring things out.
Let’s face it, life can be messy, so I use an integrative approach to providing therapy. This allows me to work with a variety of circumstances. I work with clients to find the strength and confidence to move forward, to make the choices that fit with their values and goals. There are a few evidence-based strategies worth noting:
Play Therapy works well with children because it allows them to express themselves through the medium of play which also helps them learn ways of coping with conflict and complex feelings such as frustration and disappointment. These skills can them be applied to situations they may experience as they get older such as divorce, friendship and peer pressure, school, bullying providing them with the ability to express themselves effectively and manage their emotions.
“The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication, increase intimacy, respect, and affection, remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy in conflicting situations, and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.” – The Gottman Institute
Perhaps you are navigating your child’s mental or physical health condition which can place additional strain on you and your partner. You may already be working to manage the challenges of parenting with prioritizing your relationship and feeling overwhelmed and emotionally drained. I offer the couples I work with specific skills and strategies aimed to foster connection and strengthen their relationship.
Motivational Interviewing helps identify where you may be stuck in your life. It’s normal to fear the unknown, whether its starting a new career having just graduated from school, or experiencing the lack of meaning and fulfillment in life and work. You have reached the age of retirement, but feeling lost without purpose. Using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach keeps us focused on your goals while exploring the areas of your thoughts and feelings (usually fear, anxiety and sadness) that keep you from moving forward. Let’s build your confidence and find solutions that raise your resilience, improve your ability to communicate in your relationships and help you reach your goals.
After receiving my Masters of Social Work from Boston University, I’ve obtained licenses in both Massachusetts and Connecticut and have sought these specific therapy approaches shared above so I can best help you whatever stage in life you’re in facing whatever challenges ahead of you. Let’s face them together.