Brook Stone, MSW, LCSW

Integrative Psychotherapist, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Public Class Instructor, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Bio

Clinical Specialties at the Osher Center

  • Integrative psychotherapy

Public Classes Taught

  • Meditation and Guided Imagery for People with Cancer and Caregivers

Experience

Brook Stone is a licensed clinical social worker who believes in the healing power of the patient-therapist relationship and emphasizes this in her clinical practice. She cultivates a safe space where patients can talk comfortably about their fears and the challenges of living. She is a seasoned therapist who works in a fluid manner, attending to both the therapeutic interaction as well as patterns that lay beneath the surface. She approaches client relationships with warmth and acceptance.

She has worked extensively with people with cancer and other complex medical conditions, helping them integrate complementary methods of self-care while navigating the accompanying emotional issues that arise. In addition to her work with couples and families affected by illness, she has taught and led many meditation and support groups over the years. Since 2002, she has led a weekly class in meditation and guided Imagery for cancer patients and their caregivers at the Osher Center, in collaboration with the UCSF Cancer Resource Center.

Ms. Stone has been a student of mindfulness meditation for over 40 years, having studied with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and many other prominent teachers. She continues to be an avid student of psychology and remains devoted to her own spiritual development through regular meditation retreats and contemplative inquiry.

She has extensive experience working with people who are dealing with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Difficulties finding meaningful love and work
  • Grief and loss
  • Life transitions
  • Cancer
  • Complex medical issues
  • Infertility
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Women’s issues
  • Couples and other relationship issues
  • Spirituality issues

Education and Training

  • Heavenly Messengers: Awakening Through Illness, Aging and Death Training, Spirit Rock Meditation Center
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology from the Inside Out, Mindsight Institute
  • MSW, Smith College
  • BA, Sociology and History, Brandeis University

Personal Statement and Approach

I cultivate a relationship where clients can talk openly about the full range of their emotions and experiences, and the challenges they face. My style is interactive and collaborative. In an open and non-judgmental manner, we explore many levels of experience, from the physical to the emotional to the spiritual. Our goal will be for you to live a fuller, freer, and more creative life.