Kathryn Brooks, Ph.D.
Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: (717) 477-1459
Office: 103 Shippen Hall
Kathryn Brooks officially
joined the department in 2013 after many years of being connected to it in one
way or another. She earned her master’s
degree here in 1993, and has been practicing counseling since that time. Most of her experience has been in college
counseling centers (Ship and Wilson), as well as private practice, a group
practice, some community mental health crisis work, as well as work with
adolescents in an alternative school.
Along the way, she earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education in 2001, which
brought with it the opportunity for teaching as the need arose. The more of it she did, the more engaging she
found it to be.
Continually seeking new
opportunities for learning and training was her secret to keeping her love of
clinical work alive. Some areas of
interest and expertise include couples counseling, trauma, gender issues, the
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, GLBT issues, grief and loss, and experiential
approaches such as focusing and sandtray.
She still finds it intriguing and rewarding how much learning is
involved in teaching, and is particularly committed to lifelong learning in the
realm of cultural knowledge, awareness and communication. She is coming to appreciate some other
parallels between counseling and teaching. For instance, stronger relationships in any
classroom seem to open the doors just a little wider to what everyone including
herself can bring to the whole process of learning. Also engagement on more than a purely mental
level is pretty important in the learning process too. Thus far, she has primarily taught Practicum
and Field courses for mental health, college, and CSP students, as well as
Pre-Practicum and Human Development.
Along with teaching, she still maintains her private practice on a
She lives in Shippensburg
with her husband Ford, children Sarah and Parker, and rescue cat Sophie. She continues collecting books and movies
that she hopes to find time to read or watch someday. She is a little crafty (as in, making things
with her hands) and dabbles in knitting, sewing, origami, and tie-dying. She feels best when she’s eating more whole
foods and jogging regularly. She’s been
known to do a half-marathon now and then.