Brook M. Stone, MSW, LCSW
“I cultivate a relationship where clients can talk openly about the full range of their emotions, experiences, and the challenges they face. My style is interactive and collaborative. In an open and non-judgmental manner, we explore many levels of experience, from the somatic to the emotional to the spiritual. Our goal will be for you to live a fuller, freer, and more creative life.”
Brook Stone believes in the healing power of the patient-therapist relationship and emphasizes this in her clinical practice. She cultivates a safe space where patients can talk comfortably about their fears and the challenges of living. She is a seasoned therapist who works in a fluid manner, attending to both the therapeutic interaction as well as patterns that lay beneath the surface. Her warm and accepting personality puts people at ease, and many of her clients have said that they feel immediately comfortable with her from the first visit.
Brook has worked extensively with people with cancer and other complex medical conditions, helping them integrate complementary methods of self-care while navigating the accompanying emotional issues. She also works with couples and families affected by illness. She has taught and led many meditation and support groups, and over the past ten years, she has taught a weekly class in Meditation and Guided Imagery for cancer patients and their caregivers as part of a joint program of the UCSF Cancer Resource Center and the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She also teaches at the Living On, Living Well Cancer Retreat at the UCSF Helen Diller Cancer Center.
Her approaches include interpersonal/relational psychotherapy, guided imagery, and mindfulness meditation.
She has worked with people who are dealing with:
- Difficulties finding meaningful love and work
- Grief and loss
- Life transitions
- Chronic fatigue
- LGBT issues
- Women’s issues
- Couples and other relationship issues
- Feelings related to pursuing a spiritual path.
Brook is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist and received her Masters of Social Work from Smith College. She has been a student of mindfulness meditation for over 30 years, having studied with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and many prominent teachers. She has completed an Interpersonal Neurobiology course with Dr. Dan Siegel and her current areas of study include contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice and emotion focused modalities. She continues her own spiritual development through regular meditation retreats and meditative inquiry, and she brings this unique blend of interests to her work with patients.