We all have strategies for dealing with stress day-to-day. But over time, many strategies can fall short or even backfire. We may find ourselves withdrawing and avoiding certain aspects of our lives, or overextending and pushing ourselves to the point of exhaustion. This can leave us feeling anxious, depressed, and irritable and can also take a toll on our relationships and physical health. At that point, many people seek to make changes but are at a loss for where to begin. One of my goals as a therapist is to help you identify changes you can make, both big and small, and tap into your motivation to follow-through on those changes.
Though I consider myself a generalist and am happy to help with a variety or concerns, my areas of specialty and interest include anxiety, panic, health-related concerns, and peripartum issues.
My Approaches to Therapy
As a licensed clinical psychologist, I integrate evidence-based practices, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, with principles from strengths-based, narrative, and feminist therapies to develop treatment plans that are both client-centered and based in sound research.
I believe one key to psychological well-being is learning to find a balance between acceptance and change. I use compassion and curiosity to discover, alongside my clients, areas of their lives where they can influence change as well as areas that are outside of their control. I find that mindfulness techniques, in addition to encouraging intentionality, help my clients make peace with those things they cannot change.
Everyone deserves to be heard and feel understood, so much of my job is to provide a listening ear. I aim to be an objective and non-judgemental sounding board for those who may just need to talk. My work is made richer by the varied experiences and perspectives of my clients and so I welcome and affirm individuals from all identities and backgrounds.
I have been told that my presence is one of warmth and humor that puts others at ease. I value authenticity and I believe this comes through in my work with clients. Whether working with someone over a few sessions to address one or two key concerns or diving in longer-term to explore more deep-seated issues, I strive to establish a relationship of trust and collaboration. From there, I can coach my clients to safely experiment with new ways of approaching their challenges. I enjoy finding ways to translate words into action because what happens outside of the therapy room just as important as what gets discussed in sessions.
My Qualifications as a Psychologist
I completed both my master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology at Pacific University in Oregon. My first clinical training rotation was with the Anxiety Treatment Team at the Pacific Psychology Clinic in Portland. My mentor was a leader in the field of CBT treatments for anxiety, particularly exposure therapy. I quickly learned how effective such techniques can be, especially when clients are empowered to collaborate on treatment goals and decisions. I was also part of the Anxiety Research Team at Pacific, where my masters thesis and doctoral dissertation focused the relationships between gender roles and anxiety. I did further clinical training in a substance abuse treatment center and later a community college counseling center. My pre-doctoral residency at the University of San Francisco brought me to the Bay Area, where I have been living and working ever since.
As a postdoctoral resident with the Adult Psychiatry Department at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, I had the opportunity to incorporate solution-focused techniques to address the needs of individuals with a variety of concerns and from a range of backgrounds. I facilitated an ACT-based group for people dealing with anxiety and provided crisis intervention and management with the Crisis Response and Intensive Outpatient teams. Upon completion of the residency, I was hired on as a staff psychologist with Kaiser and have continued to provide individual and group therapy as well as consultation in the emergency department. Working in a medical center setting has sparked an interest and passion in helping people deal with health-related concerns such as chronic conditions and peri-partum issues.
Brooke Van Oosbree, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, PSY 27730
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