Nice to meet you!

My name is Lindsey Brooks

Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist

My clients trust me to be a facilitator of their journey to mental wellness because I can be real with them, more than a blank slate presence to echo their thoughts or feelings.

My specialties are:

Anxiety Treatment, Art Therapy, Dating & Relationships, Young Adults, College Students, Gender Identity Issues, Adolescents, Parent Counseling, LGBTQ+, Issues Life Transitions, Grief and Loss

Let's get to know each other!

Lindsey is taking maternity leave beginning Spring 2024 as she and her husband welcome their first child. Please check back to see when her availability opens to telehealth.

After years of experience across populations and clinical settings–whether working with grade school students at a Title I elementary school, inmates at a maximum security prison, at-risk teens at a substance abuse outpatient rehabilitative clinic, or meeting with the overwhelmed and under-supported single parent in their own home–I’ve learned several things remain consistent: First, it is important always to meet the client where they are; by taking the time to understand my client’s current situation and mindset, realistic goals can be set for treatment. Second, the human spirit knows no bounds; every individual can heal and change, no matter how great a perceived loss, tragedy, or dilemma.

A bit more about me…

My clients trust me to be a facilitator of their 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 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 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 of the primary methodology for achieving mental wellness. The most common concern I receive about art therapy is: “But I’m not an artist!” One does not have to be an artist or possess any basic artistic skill to benefit from art therapy. Art therapy provides an alternative mode of communication using hands-on, evidence-based practices.

My post-graduate career has provided 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 over the state to continue education on the latest counseling techniques. I am also a Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) and believe wholeheartedly in the mind-body connection stimulated through regular exercise and a healthy diet.

My Fun Facts:

She is a travel nut and has a bucket list that includes EVERYWHERE. Lindsey is an official member of the Seven Continent Club (yes, that incudes Antarctica!) and hopes in her lifetime to visit the moon—or beyond?!

She has run with the bulls–TWICE! This is an event that occurs annually in Pamplona, Spain. Lindsey survived the crowded streets and successfully made it into the bullpen stadium.

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 with which she regards the holiday. Lindsey’s home becomes a haunted house, and taking first place in costume contest prizes has become an annual occurrence.