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 part-time basis.
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.