Brooke Stone (MSW)

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Psychotherapist & Clinical Social Worker
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine


Brook is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. She received her Masters of Social Work from Smith College.

She has also been a student of mindfulness meditation for over 30 years, having studied with Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and many prominent teachers. She has completed an Interpersonal Neurobiology course with Dr Dan Siegel and her current areas of study include contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice and emotion-focused modalities. She continues her own spiritual development through regular meditation retreats and meditative inquiry, and she brings this unique blend of interests to her work with patients.

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Interview Summary

Brooke Stone is a Clinical Social Worker and a Psychotherapist working from the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (UCSF). In her work, she is, amongst other things, ‘teaching skills and giving people direct experiences so they can … build a palette of self-care techniques.’

Besides her essential role as a psychotherapist, Brooke holds a weekly meditation and guided imagery group geared to give people the support that they need. In her words, ‘having
people have an experience of sitting quiet, finding some peace and calm, centre, focus. Some dropping down into the ocean beneath the waves, and feeling that place that they can connect with themselves so that they have the clarity and the ease to deal with all that gets thrown at them in the cancer experience.’

Brooke knows that once cancer treatment is over a person can often feel very lost, isolated and uncertain, leading to depression. She does what she can to restore to her clients a sense of well-being through verbal as well as non-verbal expression in creativity, be it an image, movement or music.

She goes on to give us some wonderful tips for everyday practice of self-care and compassion after cancer.

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