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Brandi Hamlin is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who supports individuals around life direction, personal growth, self-discovery, self-acceptance, communication and relationship challenges, as well as around anxiety and depression. Her approach to treatment looks at the whole-person, encouraging healing on Mind, Body, and Spirit levels. As a certified yoga instructor, Brandi is able to integrate yoga and meditation into therapy sessions, often utilizing guided imagery to invite individuals to explore what they’re working with a bit deeper or to increase presence and awareness.
Brandi graduated with her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University in 2012. She has experience working as a clinician in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including community mental health and hospital settings, and has also worked as a trauma counselor and advocate. She currently works as an outpatient holistic therapist at The Holistic Heart and is passionate about holding space for people, encouraging them to look within, to delve deeper, and to be kind to themselves along the way, supporting them along their healing journeys.
Authentic living - Identifying your values and what you find important and living your life according to those values and honoring yourself as an individual
Self-esteem building - Recognizing positive attributes you possess and taking the time to honor the good you possess or unveiling the what may be clouded by negative self-esteem that might be holding you back from moving forward
Self-discovery - Working to realize and embrace who you are as an individual
Mindfulness - Increasing awareness, being present, recognizing feelings and thoughts in the moment, learning tools to aid in this
Existential challenges/crises - Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Relationship challenges - Navigating through changes or challenges in relationships, including family, friends, and romantic relationships
Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, cognitive distortions
Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Mood disorders - Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Mind-body connection - Using behavioral, psychological, social, expressive, and spiritual approaches to strengthen the relationship between mind and body
Academic issues - Adjusting to college; stress management; balancing schoolwork and personal life
The Holistic Heart Mental Health and Wellness Center, Therapist, 2016 - Present
Wayside-Blackstone Valley Community Services, Clinician/Trauma Counselor, 2015 - 2017
Crane Therapeutic Services, Therapist, 2012 - 2015
Arbour Hospital, Social Worker, 2012 - 2013
Columbia University, MSW, Social Work
Saint Joseph's College of Maine, BA, Communications - Public Relations & Advertising