Hey there. I’m so glad you are here. My name is Brooke Halliday. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) who has a passion for helping people create lives more in line with their authentic selves. I received my undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University majoring in Counseling Psychology and Criminal Justice before getting my master degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.
I’ve been a therapist in the mental health field for about eight years and have found my passion in helping Millennial and Gen Z women who are dealing with symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, and other life stressors. I create a non-judgmental space for my clients to show up just as they are. I believe in working collaboratively with clients using humor, validation, and empathy to build a solid connection which then allows for clients to feel safe enough to try explore societal norms and expectations that have prevented them from living their idealized life. In my experience I've found that, when given the validation that people are in fact worthy, just as they are, clients are able to try out new ways of being and achieve the healing they've been desiring. Being able to witness my client's stories, their healing, and them crafting their own way of being lets me know there is hope for us all and keeps me in this helping profession, even on the really hard days.
I pull from a variety of theoretical orientations during therapy depending on what each individual person needs because I've never seen a "one size fits all" approach be successful. I believe for therapy to be effective, treatment approaches and goals must be tailored to each individual person. There is not a clear set of steps for what makes therapy successful. Each client will establish rapport, identify goals, and make progress at their own pace. Healing is not a linear process and there is no timeline. It takes time, energy, and consistency to reach our goals.
I received EMDRIA approved training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and am a Certified EMDR Therapist. I heavily pull from EMDR therapy when conceptualizing cases. That being said, I also pull from other well researched models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Polyvagal Theory (PVT) and other systemic approaches. There is no "right" approach to therapy, only what works best for each person.
I love the flexibility of being able to offer mental health services in Alexandria, MN and virtually to those throughout the state of Minnesota. This allows me to help the greatest number of people in a way that is most convenient and so that we are not limited by location, weather, health, or any other complicating circumstance.
I think it is incredibly important to continue seeking additional training and education to be able to provide my clients with the best experiences possible.
Certificate in Contemporary Theory in Couple & Family Systems
EMDR - Certified EMDR Therapist
Basic Training (EMDRIA approved)
EMDR with Complex PTSD
Preverbal Protocol - "When There are No Words"
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Thought Field Therapy
Who I Serve
At this time I am focused on serving individuals who identify as Millennials or Gen Z that are looking to explore the beliefs that they were raised with (whether through family or society) that no longer serve them. Typically, this has presented as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or general "stress" for people. Often, clients will deal with symptoms that are impacting their relationships or professional lives in a way that leaves them desiring major changes in their lives. I help these client explore themes of grief/loss, vulnerability, authenticity, relationship dynamics, boundaries, and more by challenging the things that have "always been" for them and instead focusing on the things that they want in life.
For BIPOC individuals, LGBTQIA+ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and individuals a part of any other marginalized group: I want to openly acknowledge that I am a white, able-bodied, female and recognize that could impact my ability to fully understand some of the difficulties you may experience in this world. I want you to know that I am still here for you and remain committed to creating a safe place for everyone and work to be as educated as I can be for people of various backgrounds and experiences.