Lindsey Brooks

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Lindsey Brooks

Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist

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My clients trust me to be a facilitator of their personal journey to mental wellness because I can be real with them, more than a blank slate presence to echo their thoughts or feelings. I establish a trusting and comfortable therapeutic relationship that does not censor the client, but encourages their expression.  Whether dissecting an internet “meme” for life metaphors, exploring the joy and challenges of social media interaction, or role playing the voice of a problematic authority figure, my flexibility to adapt to the client’s style makes me relatable. When working with a minor it’s not beneath me to take an impromptu dance lesson from a child “expert” in Fort Night video game dancing in order to build rapport and ease anxiety in session (though I have yet to conquer “The Floss”). When a strong level of comfort has been developed in the therapeutic relationship, clients are more willing to allow me to challenge cognitive distortions or play devil’s advocate when processing issues. Humor is my personal favorite coping mechanism, and I enjoy bringing it into sessions when appropriate.

In addition to being a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), I possess extra credentials which allow me to utilize art making and the creative process to help clients reach clinical goals. As a nationally registered and board certified art therapist (ATR-BC), I believe human beings possess an intrinsic drive to create; this drive spans the gamut of art, music, entertainment, ideas, and beyond, and is directly linked with mental wellness. Art therapy can supplement traditional talk therapy or take the place as primary methodology for achieving mental wellness. The most common concern I receive in relation to art therapy is: “But I’m not an artist!” One does not have to be an artist or possess any basic level of artistic skill in order to benefit from art therapy. Art therapy provides an alternative mode of communication using hands-on, evidenced-based practices.

My post-graduate career has been spent providing community-based therapy to children, adolescents, families, and couples in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. I have taught introductory Art Therapy and Art in Wellness courses at the University of Tampa and assisted in developing the university’s undergraduate program in Art Therapy. I continue to lead regular therapy groups at the Children’s Cancer Center in Tampa, providing support to families whose child is battling pediatric oncology or chronic blood disease. I partner with the local charity Hands Across Tampa Bay to deliver counseling to victims of domestic violence. I have been a member-in-good-standing with the American Art Therapy Association since 2011 and held a position on the board of the Florida State Chapter, having served a two year term as secretary from 2016-2018. As a member of the Suncoast Mental Health Counseling Association, I enjoy meeting with therapists all from all over the state to continue education on the latest counseling techniques. I am also a Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) and believe whole-heartedly in the mind-body connection that is stimulated through regular exercise and a healthy diet. My next big career endeavor is keeping up with the training required to certify my Labrador-Australian Shepard pup, Jetty, as a bona fide therapy dog (pun intended)!

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Lindsey in the Media

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Fostering Social Confidence 

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Halloween Anxiety

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Fun Facts About Lindsey

  • She is a travel nut and has a bucket list that includes EVERYWHERE. So far, Lindsey has visited 5 out of the 7 continents and has high hopes of visiting the moon (or beyond?!) in her lifetime.
  • She has run with the bulls–TWICE!  This is an event that occurs annually in Pamplona, Spain.  Lindsey survived the crowded streets and made it successfully into the bullpen stadium both times.
  • Throughout college Lindsey worked part-time as a face painting clown named Polkadot.  Other aliases included Princess Aurora, Spidergirl, Hannah Montana, or any other superhero, princess, or celebrity requested by the party or event.
  • She celebrated her third decade of life birthday cage diving with Great White sharks in South Africa.  While there, she also went cliff jumping and was bit by a jackass penguin in the wild.
  • She has been dubbed the “Queen of Halloween” due to the seriousness for which she regards the holiday.  Lindsey’s home becomes a haunted house, and taking first place costume contest prizes has become an annual occurrence.

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