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.