Brooke Huminski, LICSW - Therapist in Providence, RI

Brooke Huminski

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients


 

Clientele

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Seniors (65+)


Professional memberships

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Specialties & expertise

  • Perfectionism
  • Eating disorders
  • Caregiver stress
  • Shame
  • Self-esteem
  • Aging and geriatric issues
  • Chronic illness
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Academic issues
  • Infertility and reproductive counseling
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships
  • Stress management
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Brooke Huminski is a therapist in Rhode Island and Massachusetts with particular specialization in eating disorders, perfectionism, caregiver stress, and geriatric and aging related issues.

Brooke utilizes an integrative approach grounded in evidence-based practice. She has specialized training and experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, pain management, eating disorders, women’s issues, ADHD, chronic illness, caregiver stress, & end of life issues, with experience providing supportive counseling to individuals and families in times of crisis, stress and transition.

Prior to starting private practice, Brooke worked in a variety of healthcare settings including acute care mental health, inpatient cardiology, and inpatient and outpatient obstetrics. She received her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Boston College and B.A. from Providence College.


Specialties

Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Eating disorders and body image challenges – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; eating disorders as they relate to perfectionism; disordered eating among high achievers
Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness ; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Perfectionism –  Feelings of inadequacy and failure, self criticism, avoidance and procrastination, related to high standards
Caregiver stress – Feeling overwhelmed, isolated and tired related to caring for a loved one. Difficulty relaxing, poor sleep, losing interest in activities you used to enjoy. 
Shame – Feelings of worthlessness, depression, self-criticism, excessive need for approval, harmful behaviors, avoidance

General expertise

Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Infertility and reproductive counseling – Support around the emotional, logistical, and technical challenges people encounter when going through infertility and reproductive complications, e.g. infertility, inability to conceive, miscarriages, considering alternative options such as adoption and/or use of donor material
Life transitions –  Adjusting to college, new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges; losing one’s drive or burn out; learning self-care
Relationships –  Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Self-esteem – Cultivate stronger sense of self; increase assertiveness, confidence, and self-compassion
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Providence College
  • United Health
  • RISD Student Insurance
  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $120/session (50min)
  • Family sessions: $150/session (50min)

Therapist's note: Brooke can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Message to clients

"I believe it takes an enormous amount of courage to reach out for help during a time of crisis. Whether it's the first time you're seeking therapy or you're returning and seeking a fresh approach, I'm glad you're here looking for the right fit. I work well with clients who are seeking an intuitive, dynamic, and trauma-informed approach. With gentleness, I help clients uncover their hidden strengths, reduce harmful behaviors, and build supportive relationships."


Treatment approaches

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Family Based Therapy
Humanistic Therapy
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to prevent relapse in people who have recovered from unipolar depression, and more generally, helps treat mood disorders. Self-knowledge grounded in sustained meditative awareness is its central tenet. Patients learn to view thoughts as events in the mind, independent of their content and emotional charge. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Strengths-based Therapy


Education and work experience

Private Practice, Psychotherapist, 2017 - Present
Walden Behavioral Care, Clinician Eating Disorder IOP Program, 2017 – Present
Butler Hospital, Mental Health PAS Clinician, 2017 – Present
McLean Hospital, Psychiatric Social Worker, 2014 – Present
Health Union, LLC, Cross-Site Moderator, 2016 – Present
The Miriam Hospital, Clinical Social Worker, 2014 – 2017
 Women and Infants Hospital, MSW Internship & Obstetric Social Worker, 2013 – 2014

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, MSW, Mental Health Concentration, 2014
Providence College, Post baccalaureate, Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Aging, Statistics, 2010
Providence College, BA, Public and Community Service: Community Health, 2007


Languages

English


Professional endorsements

Brooke has extensive experience in the eating disorders community. She is on the cutting edge of the field always up to date on the most recent study. She clearly knows what is and will be happening in the field.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? ADHD, trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, divorce
— Beth Rollins LICSW (2017)
I highly recommend Brooke to work with clients with eating disorders and trauma. She has a uniquely insightful and gentle approach to her, but is also able to hold a firm, but loving, boundary for clients in need of this. I am consistently impressed be her dedication to the field and thoughtful approach to treating emotional wounds.

Brooke is very enthusiastic about her work and it radiates into her interactions with clients & colleagues. She is making strong connections in the eating disorder community and I can see her being very successful!

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for?
Eating disorders, depression/anxiety, trauma, mindfulness
— Liz Fayram, RDN, LDN, CEDRD (2017)