Brooke Johnson has a BS in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in social work from New York University. She has a certificate in Parent Infant Psychotherapy from the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research at Columbia University. Brooke is also trained in Trauma-Informed Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Mindful Self-Compassion and in the Group Attachment-Based Intervention (GABI) model. She recently completed the Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) program and is a certified facilitator.
Brooke has spent the last two decades serving children and families in a variety of clinical settings. She works with adolescents and their families in a NYC high school, has worked with caregivers of children from birth to three using an attachment-based intervention with a focus on trauma, and has provided individual and family psychotherapy to adults in a private practice setting.
Parenting is one of the most rewarding and difficult challenges that individuals face. Parents may feel inadequate or blame themselves when things go wrong. Brooke strongly believes that self-compassion and the willingness to learn from mistakes are the greatest gifts parents can give their children. Children thrive when they have caregivers who are present, connected and accepting. Brooke believes in the power of play, movement and laughter to heal and agrees with George Bernard Shaw when he says, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.”
With this knowledge, parents are able to develop their own personal parenting frameworks so they can respond confidently and effectively to any challenge that comes along, resulting in families that are healthier, calmer, and more connected with one another.