Brooke was born and raised in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, which initially shaped her love for the outdoors. She attended a small high school which focused on “education inside and out,” teaching students to think critically about issues facing the world around them and guiding them through outdoor educational trips. This is where Brooke learned to backpack, kayak, understand, and trust the wilderness.
Brooke received her undergraduate degree from the University of Denver, where she majored in criminology and minored in sustainability. She then went on to complete her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2014, where she focused on families and trauma therapy. During her time at DU, Brooke completed two clinical practicums. She worked as a family advocate and child therapist for a transitional housing program for homeless families and worked as a case manager and counselor for a therapeutic program within Denver County Probation.
Brooke discovered Open Sky in 2016 and followed her desire to support others and connect them to the wilderness by working as a field guide for two years. She believes the wilderness has the power to heal people and that we have much to learn from the earth and our surrounding environment. Adding therapy, yoga, meditation, and nutrition on top of the earth’s teaching in a supportive group environment is bound to create change on many levels.
Brooke joined Open Sky’s family services team in 2019, excited to serve students and families by connecting them to each other and to nature, teaching healthy communication skills, and incorporating mindfulness and ceremony into their experience. As a family services therapist, she facilitated Family Quests and parent coaching for parents and families.
Now as a clinical therapist, Brooke enjoys building connections with her clients and challenging, supporting, and sharing with them her love for the wilderness. She utilizes a strengths-based family systems approach where she seeks to treat her students and their families holistically. She finds herself consistently grateful to be able to support students and families in their growth and healing.
In her off time, Brooke enjoys telemark skiing, dancing, camping, hiking, yoga, engaging in personal transformation work, and playing with her new puppy, Anahata.