Brooke Robb, LPC Intern supervised by Juliane Taylor Shore LPC-S, LMFT-S
Brooke applies IPNB principles to psychodynamic therapy to assist clients who want to know their own mind with great depth. She specializes in grief work, in relational health with individual clients, and with people struggling with drug and alcohol use that feels out of control. Brooke has a gentle presence and works with clients to help them lead the work in directions that are organic for each client.
price for services:
$120 per 50 minute session
Sliding scale available? yes
How does talking to someone help?
Putting your thoughts and feelings into words and sharing them with another person can help you feel less alone, alleviating fear or shame in the moment. Over time, forming a relationship with another person through talking—relating to someone and being responded to in new ways—can be a crucial part of growing to feel less overwhelmed, self-critical, numb, or alone inside in your daily life.
Furthermore, thoughtful questions and observations from another person can deepen self-exploration and self-understanding. I believe that for many of us, coming to know ourselves more deeply promotes authenticity, flexibility, and aliveness in our relationships with ourselves and others. Having new emotional and relational experiences is key, but insight about our existing emotional and relational patterns is often helpful along the way.
What is your first question for a client, and why?
What I ask at the beginning of a session, and whether I ask any question at all, depends on the needs of the person across from me. My default position is to allow a client to say whatever comes to mind and use that as a starting point for our work for the hour. This openness allows thoughts and feelings that might be just outside of awareness to come to the fore. At times, though, a question or observation that links the current session to themes from previous sessions helps focus the work. Working together to find what is most helpful for you is an important part of the process.
What is the best thing that you have learned from one of your people?
I’ve learned to experiment more in the therapy room. Sometimes, really seeing and responding to another person involves more than following their pace, listening with empathy, and making my best effort to understand who they are and what they’re communicating to me. These are important aspects of the way I practice and can serve as the foundation for transformational emotional experiences; they’re exactly what many people need. But for plenty of others, feeling safe enough to fully access the deepest parts of themselves requires experimenting with a different way of sitting together or talking, or perhaps taking a break from talking to turn inward. Sometimes it’s helpful to draw or use other materials to create an image that captures some inner knowledge that words can’t yet express. I welcome the opportunity to learn new ways of working from my clients.