Dr. Jonathan Brooks - Psychologist
About my practice and EMDR
Welcome! It is a pleasure and privilege to have the opportunity to let you know a bit about who I am and the services I offer. When choosing a psychologist, therapist, coach or consultant it is extremely important that you feel comfortable with and confident in the professional you work with. I hope you find the content of this site informative and that you will feel free to contact me should you have further questions about my practice.
I have been licensed as a psychologist since 1987 and have been providing psychological services since 1980. I am currently licensed as a psychologist in the State of Colorado. In order to be licensed as a psychologist, many different standards must be met. I received my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where I also received a Master's degree in Theology. This program was approved by the American Psychological Association, which requires that a set of rigorous standards be met. I also completed a one-year, full-time APA Approved internship at Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino, California as well as a year-long, half-time internship at the Pasadena Community Counseling Clinic on the campus of Fuller. Following graduation I worked for two years under the supervision of a licensed psychologist before becoming licensed myself. I then served in private practice as a psychologist in Arizona for 20 years until moving to the mountains of Colorado in 2007.
My philosophy and approach to working with clients is deeply person-oriented, operating under the idea that each of us is a unique and inherently valuable individual with our own beliefs, perspectives, personalities and interests. I believe that the best psychological work takes place within a genuinely caring, professional relationship where a variety of psychological methods and theoretical perspectives are utilized to address the goals of the client. My perspective is holistic in the sense that the emotional, physical, social and spiritual aspects of each individual are considered and honored. The change process is a collaborative one where the client and I work together to meet the goals we have established for the work.
Highlights of my career have included serving as a team member with the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program which responded to the tsunami disaster of 2004 by training therapists in Sri Lanka to utilize EMDR with both the survivors of this great tragedy and in an ongoing way with the population of their country. I have also had the privilege of serving as a facilitator for the EMDR Institute since 1993, participating in the training of thousands of therapists in this remarkably effective treatment approach. For several years I also enjoyed providing the Employee Assistance Program for the staff of The Meadows, an internationally known treatment center in Wickenburg, Arizona.
In my personal life I enjoy a variety of hobbies and endeavors, including playing the piano and composing music, woodworking, and gardening as well as hiking, fishing and cooking. As the saying goes, we are human beings, not human doings. I believe a life focused on living within each moment and balanced between loving, learning, growing, creating and contributing is a life well-lived.