About Me

Nourish your mind, body and soul

Rebecca Bruck, L.C.S.W

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with over 10 years experience caring for a diverse client population. I also hold a degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary  Institute of America. My background has been working primarily with at risk youth, families and couples. When I am not providing therapy, I spend my time getting creative with cooking and developing recipes. I cook using ingredients that are packed with flavor and nutrition that will make you feel great about eating healthy! When we educate ourselves about what we eat, we feel empowered and have a sense of control over our lives. I believe food is an artistic expression of the self as much as it is a necessity. Through this website I hope to share my passion for good food and the words of those who have inspired me in my therapeutic journey to help you my readers lead lives that are healthier, more enriched, and peaceful. Let us go on this journey of improving our mind, body and soul together.

How I can help…

There are a variety of reasons why people may seek therapy including significant life stressors, gradually increasing problems, or a sudden traumatic experience that has left you with an inability to cope. Your experiences may have left you with a loss of control over your life with symptoms that make it hard to function.  I help people to heal and address symptoms related to low self-esteem, school difficulties,  post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, marital and relationship difficulties, anger management, substance abuse and addiction.

“People even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed.”  – Audrey Hepburn

What I do…

I have an eclectic approach to the way I provide counseling with a strong emphasis on mindfulness. Treatment modalities we may use include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic, and Solution Oriented. I believe that Insight-Oriented treatment is fundamental to healing and I help my clients develop insight from the very first session up until the last session. I will teach you coping skills/relaxation techniques utilizing resources from your environment. I will empower you to become the best version of yourself, both mind and body.  I value Culinary Arts as a medium for healing. Good, wholesome food can heal your ailments and decrease both physical and mental health symptoms. In fact studies have shown that certain foods have the capacity to completely decrease inflammation in the body if those foods are incorporated into your diet routinely. Cooking will also allow you to tap into all of your senses; touch, sight, taste, sound and smell.  That is something that can be incredibly grounding, as it helps to relax us while we focus on utilizing our senses. The direct contact between the nose and brain can trigger an emotion. The scent of orange peels for example can make you happy, cheerful and feeling energetic. Even if those feelings last a few minutes, the very act of peeling a simple orange can help you learn to cultivate mindfulness. If you can cultivate mindfulness in the kitchen or your therapist’s office, you can cultivate it anywhere!

I strive to help my clients to RE-EXPERIENCE their senses in  positive, life affirming ways.  Taking pride in the work that we create, enables us to build our self esteem! Eating is something that is not only pleasurable but has the capacity to heal our minds and bodies. During sessions we will not only focus on your mental health, but your physical health as well.

“I have avoided therapy for most of my life. The reasons why are not clear to me yet. Perhaps because I just didn’t want to face my demons head on. I relented when my primary care doctor offered it to me in their office. In the ensuing weeks I have come to really look forward to my “chats” with Rebecca. And that is what they are, chats. Give and take and no deep hard questions asked point blank. But deep answers, slowly brought out. Her subtle use of our shared passion for food, her genuine desire to understand me better have put me at ease and I am better for it.

Rebecca cares. She cares about me, my mental and physical health are equally important to us both. She cares about what makes me tick, what makes me, me. She has taken the time to understand and listen to my quirks and helped me to open up about them. I have grown as a person while becoming a healthier, happier person. I know things will get better. They won’t always be easy or fast. But I know I have a partner to help me navigate the war zone of my brain.”

M.M

“I came to see Rebecca during a time of crisis. I was suffering from a condition called Alopecia (hair loss), my self-esteem was low and my school grades and peer relationships were suffering. During my 6 months in therapy with Rebecca she helped me challenge my distorted self-image. I regained my confidence and when we ended treatment I was back on track in school, comfortable in social settings, and my Alopecia was under control.”

Thank you for everything you helped me with !

A.G