REBECCA L. BROOKS, MSW, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) specializing in treating anxiety and depression. She treats anxiety-related disorders such as Panic, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety, Phobias, Generalized Anxiety, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. She also treats mood disorders including Prenatal and Postpartum Depression. She provides individual therapy to adults using evidence based, skills based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Her therapeutic style is interactive and collaborative, non-judgmental, humorous, warm and compassionate. Moving toward what matters to you often involves stepping out of your comfort zone, taking risks, learning new behaviors and different ways of relating to yourself and others. This journey can be anxiety provoking at times but if you stick with it ultimately very rewarding.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Rebecca has a Bachelors Degree (BA) in Psychology from Clark University and a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Simmons College. She is a Certified Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a world renowned association founded by leading clinicians, educators, and researchers in the field of cognitive therapy. It is a multidisciplinary certifying organization specifically for cognitive-behavioral therapy that evaluates applicants’ knowledge and ability before granting certification.
Prior to opening her private practice, she worked in adult inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings providing individual and group therapy. While at Brigham and Women's Outpatient Psychiatry Department she received post graduate training in CBT for anxiety and mood disorders and provided clinical supervision to Social Work Staff and Interns. She also led and co-led a DBT and CBT Mindfulness group.
She also completed a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Boston University School of Social Work taught by Dan Beck, LICSW and has participated in the Boston University CBT Study Group for several years. She is also a graduate of the International OCD Foundation's Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI). The BTTI was developed to help address the shortage of therapists properly trained in using CBT to treat OCD around the country and the world. She has also has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness CBT, Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
She also recently completed a Certificate in the Assessment and Treatment of Couples at Boston University School of Social Work. Her work with couples is heavily influenced by Dr. John Gottman, PhD a world renowned expert on the treatment of couples and Dr. Sue Johnson, PhD, developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), a scientifically proven approach to helping couples.
She is a member of the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science (ACBS), The OCD Foundation and the New England ACT chapter and attends monthly meetings at Mclean Hospital. She is a member of The National Association of Social Workers.
To verify my license in the State of Massachusetts go to www.mass.gov/reg. Under “Online Services” search for “Check a Professional's License”, which is on the bottom right side of the page, then click on “License Number”. For “Profession of the Licensee” write Social Work and then type in my license number (114446). While you are on the web site you may also use this opportunity to verify that I have had no complaints or disciplinary action against me.