About Jackie Brookman, MFT

I am a long time psychotherapist with a thriving private practice in Oakland and San Francisco. I am fortunate to have the support of a loving family, wonderful friends and longtime colleagues.  I have two offices in Oakland and an office in San Francisco.

My background working as a trainer, facilitator and educator in community-based settings and hospitals has informed my role as a psychotherapist. I bring a great deal of sensitivity, multi-cultural awareness, and a deep appreciation of diversity in all its forms. My practice welcomes to all ethnicities, sexual orientations and cultures.

Professional Experience

AIDS Health Project, San Francisco:

  • Disclosed HIV-test results to men and women at high risk for HIV/AIDS and trained other health care providers and counselors throughout California and internationally:  Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa.

Measure Y, Oakland:

  • Conducted a series of substance abuse and mental health assessments for young men released from San Quentin prison who were transitioning back into Alameda County.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers:

  • Facilitated team building with medical teams and conducted trainings for nurses and medical assistants throughout the Bay Area to increase multi-cultural awareness and sensitivity.

Consultant to:

  • State Office of AIDS
  • San Francisco Department of Health
  • KidWISE Institute, Common Sense Wisdom for Raising Safe and Sound Kids
  • STD Training Center

Education and Training

  • BA in history from the University of Massachusetts, 1975
  • MA in Psychology from New College of CA, 1984
  • Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist, California, 1986 License no. CA, MFT 021229
  • New Ventures West, Coaching Program, 1997

Professional Growth

Since 2011, my professional development has focused on gaining competence in interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory and mind-body techniques for emotional regulation. I’ve observed that implementing a mind-body approach to counseling enables my clients to regulate their emotions so they have more control, efficacy and a lot more satisfaction in their lives.

Partial List of Trainings and Continuing Education

  • Somatic-attachment (mind/body) psychotherapy with Karen Rachels, MFT
  • Sensory Motor Training, Part 1 and Part 2, Janina Fisher, PhD
  • Interpersonal neurobiology with Bonnie Banandoch, MFT
  • Hakomi Method of Experiential Therapy, Karen Rachels, MFT
  • IFS: Internal Family Systems, Janina Fisher, PhD
  • The Body Keeps Score, Addressing Developmental Trauma, Bessel Van Der Kirk

Beyond offering sound clinical skills to my work as a therapist, I also bring a big heart, a sense of humor and a healthy dose of creativity.  I am committed to creating a dynamic and safe environment where change always feels possible.

Please, join me on this healing journey!

Contact me for a free-15 minute consultation.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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