Brooke Lichter, LSW / Equine Specialist
Licensed Social Worker
Brooke is a Licensed Social Worker whom earned both her Master’s and Bachelor’s Social Work degrees from Monmouth University with a concentration in The Clinical Practice with Families and Children. Her college career included courses in the areas of Animal Assisted Therapy, Veterinary Social Work, Psychology of Animal Training, Play Therapy, and Positive Psychology. Brooke graduated with Summa Cum Laude and with numerous community service and leadership awards. She is dually certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association).
Brooke has always had a deep passion for animals. This passion has led her on many amazing journeys. The first journey began at a young age when she volunteered at the Monmouth County SPCA ,and for an therapeutic equestrian center. She was later employed by that therapeutic horseback riding center for a period of 5 years. Subsequently, she left the position in order to pursue an internship with Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. During this journey she realized that she wanted to combine her love of animals and helping people by integrating Animal Assisted Therapy into the field of Social Work. Upon graduation, Brooke’s dream became a reality as she aided in the establishment of a non profit organization where she currently also provides therapy. This program is called, “Serenity Stables from Combat to Calm.” Serenity Stables provides free equine assisted therapy to Veterans, active duty, and their family members. Brooke guides all therapy sessions with compassion, patience, creativity, and views her clients through a strengths perspective.
Past experience also includes working at Morning Glory Behavioral Health: Adult Partial Care Program, CPC Behavioral Health-Mobile Response, Meridian Hackensack: Children’s Day Program and Therapeutic Nursery. During her experience with CPC Mobile Response and Meridian Hackensack: Children’s Day Program and Therapeutic Nursery, Brooke worked with children and teens with difficulties such as self harm, anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, and those in crisis.
When not working, Brooke enjoys horseback riding, hiking, taking improv theatre classes, volunteering, traveling with loved ones, and spending quality time with her dog.
“Animals stimulate us not only by touch, but by some deeply buried aspect of nature within us, a connection to part of something greater, more healthy, more whole.” – Peter Levine
Services provided by Brooke
- In addition to the office setting, Brooke also offers Equine Assisted Therapy at a local barn to those who would like to experience the unique helping relationship with horses and the outdoors while on their personal journey.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Depression and Anxiety
- Children, Adolescents, Young Adults
- Individual Care
- Coping Skills & Stress Management