Hello, I am Ryan Brooks, a cancer counseling specialist and psychotherapist. Although my practice specializes in cancer-focused counseling, I have extensive experience and training working with grief, depression, chronic illness, PTSD, trauma and anxiety.
My training began with a BSc of Psychology at the University of Michigan, completing all Pre-Med requirements. In lieu of pursuing medicine, my travels led me to the Republic of Ireland, where I resettled and received my Master's in Counseling and Psychotherapy at Dublin City University, with advanced training in couples and relationship therapy. I remained in Ireland for over ten years, working in private practice providing individual and relationship counseling. Upon my return to the U.S., I obtained Michigan licensure and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Wayne State University, with advanced training in marriage and family therapy.
I work to make my therapy integrative with a person-centered core, offering a warm, non-judgmental, and safe space where personal exploration of your concerns can begin. I bring my training and experience in multiple theoretical approaches to therapy including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), existential, and humanistic. This allows me to work with clients with a broad spectrum of concerns while offering the most effective, research-based interventions and support. My approach to relationship therapy incorporates strategies primarily from John Gottman, emotion-focused therapy, and IMAGO. These approaches provide couples with the necessary tools to improve communication, reduce conflict and achieve the connection and intimacy they seek.
When I am not sitting in my therapist role, I enjoy keynote speaking to licensed mental health workers on the clinical considerations of psycho-oncology and cancer support non-profit organizations on the importance of self-care. I also enjoy coaching wrestling at the local high school and doing as much yoga, gardening and movie watching as time will allow.