Meet the Clinicians: Brooke Gibson, LCSW
Brooke Gibson is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who is laid back, loves college football (GO DAWGS!), knows every word to “Wannabe” by The Spice Girls, calls all dogs puppies/babies, binges reality TV, and appreciates a home-cooked meal (made by literally anyone else).
She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as her primary therapeutic approach. She likes to provide clients with psychoeducation because Brooke thinks (and we agree!) that it’s important for clients to gain a better understanding of their diagnoses and exactly how a therapeutic intervention is going to be beneficial for them. She describes her style as conversational in session and genuinely enjoys getting to know each client.
Brooke also incorporates Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) based on the needs of each client.
Her ideal client is someone who is willing to ask for help and dedicate their time to learning, growing, and becoming the most authentic version of themselves as well as someone who is willing to revisit moments of discomfort with the goal of gaining back their control. Brooke also does well with clients who have often felt misunderstood or feel like they’ve never been heard.
In her own words:
Before becoming a therapist, I was fueled by my passion for movies. I studied film in college and had the opportunity to work in the film industry for several years. I wanted to create and be a part of something that helps other people and allows them to share their stories (thus my love especially for documentaries).
In addition to studying film in college, I completed a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Prior to taking the courses to complete my minor, I didn’t have much knowledge of or exposure to the intricate and complex history of women in U.S. history, the spectrums of gender and sexuality, or the details of the world of social work. In my final semester, I signed up for a course through the social work department called “Child Abuse and Neglect.” This class and the specific professor who taught it changed everything for me. It sparked a new passion that fueled my desire to help others.
While working in film was initially fun and exciting- being able to meet tons of incredible people, travel, and see my name in the credits- it was also demanding work, and I wanted to be more directly involved in helping and supporting people in expressing their stories. I decided to take what I loved about filmmaking and turn it into a career where I am able to help people tell their own stories and decide how to create their own cinema worthy ending.