Brooke Gateley Meier, LCSW

Brooke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University in 2012. Brooke has over a decade of experience working with a variety of clientele and she specializes in working with youth ages 11-22 years old.

Adolescence and early adulthood can be tumultuous and sometimes compounded by adverse early childhood experiences or trauma. This could also have some effect on the youth’s resiliency factors and can impact their ability to learn healthy coping tools, which can sometimes lead to a number of negative feelings and thought patterns. Young people are in a developmental minefield of hormones, impulses, and social constructs that are challenging to manage and difficult to address even with their caregivers. Brooke believes that a developmentally appropriate and holistic approach to learning and coping with life experiences can be dealt with by adding outside support to the family system.


She is also in the process of attaining her clinical juvenile sex offender therapist license with the Oregon Sex Offender Treatment Board. This qualification is an asset in helping families affected by sexual abuse and the youth who has acted out inappropriately. Brooke can assist families experiencing distress due to inappropriate or unhealthy behavior from their child who has the potential to or has harmed someone else or another family member. These behaviors do not define the youth. The behaviors can be indicative of something else that the child is experiencing or they might have trouble appropriately expressing their thoughts or feelings. Brooke is trained in specific interventions and safety planning that can give the youth and family skills to implement and practice that can reduce recidivism. The way in which this happens is through relational work and building trust with one another so that the youth and family can identify strengths to build upon and identify areas for growth. This growth is encouraged using a multitude of approaches including but not limited to:

-Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

-Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)

-Mindfulness, and

-specific modalities from attachment and family systems theories.


These interventions are also proven to assist people with feeling more connected to one another, helpful with identifying cognitive distortions, managing anxiety/anger/stress (emotional regulation), and establishing healthy relationships. Brooke also specializes in working with survivors of domestic abuse, childhood trauma, and has experience with eating disorders and self harm.


Brooke believes that people have a great capacity for change that is balanced with their motivation to identify ways to build on strengths they already possess. Motivation comes in many forms and sometimes we feel more or less driven depending on our focus and independent goals. Brooke’s goal is to collaborate on new ways to consider options, ideas, and thinking and treating this is an opportunity to grow.

Rates & Insurance:

$40-80 for one 50 minute session.

Brooke is paneled with the following insurance companies:

Aetna

Cigna

Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield

Multi-Plan

Medicaid-OHP

Optum


Additional Licenses/Memberships:

Brooke is a member of the Oregon Chapter of National Association of Social Workers (NASW)


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