About Brooke

Dr. Brooke Laufer is an IL licensed clinical psychologist who has been working with people--providing therapy, family counseling, teaching, and consultation--for 10 years.


Brooke graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, earning her B.A. with honors in the disciplines of Political Philosophy and Women’s Studies. She earned both her Masters and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, where her doctoral research focused on the treatment of schizophrenia.


Brooke began her training at San Francisco General Hospital and the Haight Ashbury Psychological Services. After moving to New York City, she completed a one year certification at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. Upon completing her doctorate, Brooke fulfilled her postdoctoral internship at Midtown Counseling Services, an all-female group private practice, where she treated adults and couples. Brooke then moved to Maine, where she began her work with families, adolescents, and issues of addiction.

 

Before launching into private practice, Brooke worked at PEER Services Inc. in downtown Evanston and at Evanston Township High School, treating adolescents who struggle with substance use. She continues to teach a class at Evanston Township High School to freshmen through seniors who need behavioral and academic support.


Brooke is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy from a Relational perspective. In addition, she has a background in Integral Psychology – an approach which utilizes the research, teachings, and wisdom from many different disciplines and practices and integrates insights from mind/body approaches, spiritual/religious traditions (Western and Eastern), and alternative health practices in order to allow for a more comprehensive approach to working with clients in therapy. Brooke has been on retreat with Robert Thurman and Mark Epstein studying the integration of Buddhism and psychology.


Brooke has received training and certification in treating Perinatal Mood Disorders. She is also a member of the Postpartum Support International, American Psychological Association, Illinois Psychological Association, and the International Society for the Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia.

Dr. Brooke Laufer was born and raised in Wisconsin, but has lived on both coasts. After 11 years away from the Midwest, she has returned home permanently to practice psychology, continue her training, write, and raise a family.