Dr. Brooke Hoffman is a licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania. Dr. Hoffman began her training at the University of Pittsburgh. She soon realized that psychology not only maintained her interest, but spawned a strong desire for further learning. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, she worked providing home-based services to children, teens, and their support systems. Dr. Hoffman earned a Masters in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. With a concentration in school counseling, she completed training placements in local primary and secondary schools. She conducted therapy groups centered on mood regulation, assertiveness in the face of bullying, as well as behavioral activation. Following this degree, she worked at Southwood, a child and adolescent inpatient program in Western Pennsylvania. These experiences encouraged a great deal of partnership and consultation to ensure the best care possible for these developing clients.
She obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. During completion of this degree, she worked for Northeast Treatment Centers throughout Philadelphia assisting adults in substance abuse recovery. She continued to gain supervised training with child and adolescent populations during Practicum experiences at Devereux, Carson Valley Children’s Aid, and Cognitive Behavioral Services. As with her work at Southwood, these client interactions centered on symptoms related to depression, anxiety, self-harm, and poor anger management.She completed pre- and post-doctoral placements at the only state inpatient hospital in Augusta, Maine. Here Dr. Hoffman worked with adults facing acute mood symptoms in individual and group therapy settings. She also developed and provided staff trainings on the recovery model, personality disorders, crisis stabilization, and cultural competency.
Since the start of her training over 15 years ago, Dr. Hoffman has had the pleasure of working with clients across age ranges, treatment settings, and geographic locations. As reflected in her doctoral dissertation “Hope in the Clinical Context: A Survey of Practicing Clinicians,” she strives to increase hope in clients by focusing on resiliency and building upon personal strengths. Therapeutic interests include mood disorders, lifestyle adjustments, identity development, and family therapy. Dr. Hoffman continues to hold a passion for further learning and does so by keeping with current literature on effective treatments, as well as consultation with other working professionals.
- Child and Adolescent Treatment Ages 11-22
- Anxiety and Mood Disorders
- Adolescent Development
- Family Therapy