About Me


laurabrooksMarital and Family Psychotherapy Services, the private practice of Laura R. Brooks, LCSW-C, offers psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families who are experiencing such problems as marital conflict or distance, parent-child relationship difficulties, depression or anxiety in one of its members, separation or divorce, adoption issues, and family of origin issues. Laura R. Brooks, LCSW-C worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Psychiatry for several years before opening a private practice over 20 years ago. In 2008, she joined the faculty at The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family where she supervises and teaches in the Postgraduate Training Program.


I have over 30 years of clinical experience with non-profit organizations and private practice. Since working at Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Psychiatry for several years, I have been in full-time private practice for nearly 20 years. I am a faculty member at The Bowen Center (http://www.thebowencenter.org/pages/biolrb.html) where I supervise and teach in the Postgraduate Training Program. I regularly present at conferences and meetings, and serve as the Coordinator of the Research Committee and Director of the Internship Program.

In 1980, I graduated from the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Subsequently, I participated in several years of postgraduate training programs at the Menninger Foundation in Kansas and the Georgetown Family Center (now known as The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family) in Washington, DC. Both nationally renowned programs teach family theory and psychotherapy.

In addition, I am conducting a longitudinal research study of adoptive families. Several long-term case studies explore the child as part of a broader family unit that influences and is influenced by relationship process. Teaching and research inform my clinical practice by sharpening my thinking and hearing the thinking of others.