About Me

 Li Brookens, LCSW

Li Brookens, LCSW

I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) with over 12 years of experience in mental health. I have worked in diverse settings that include community mental health, public school, university, and a skilled nursing facility. I began my private practice in 2012 and am the founder and owner of Umbrella Collective Inc, a group psychotherapy practice. I received a masters in clinical social work from Smith College School for Social Work where I was trained in psychodynamic and sociocultural theories. That's a fancy way of saying I have a keen understanding of the inner workings of humans and how they are impacted by their environment and vice versa. 

 

I have specialty training, experience, and commitment working in the following areas:

  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, Asexual Identities
  • Transgender & Non-binary Identities
  • Non-traditional relationship structures (i.e.- Polyamorous, Non-Monogamous)
  • Racial Justice
  • Young Adult Populations
  • Anxiety, Depression, and Mood Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Relationship Challenges

LICENSE

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker #09923331 registered through the state of Colorado.

EDUCATION

  • 2011 M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton MA
  • 2004 Psychology B.S., University of Washington, Seattle WA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE   

  • 2012- present     Private Practice, Denver CO & Boulder CO

I have trained and worked at the following agencies:

  • 2014                    Project WISE, Therapist, Denver CO
  • 2013- 2016         The Gender Identity Center of Colorado, Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Denver, CO
  • 2012- 2013         Julia Temple Healthcare Center, Social Worker, Denver CO
  • 2010- 2012         University of Colorado, Wardenburg’s Psychological Health and Psychiatry, Therapist, Boulder CO
  • 2009- 2010        Juvenile Protective Agency, Therapist, Chicago IL
  • 2007- 2009        Wellspring Family Services, Therapeutic Case Manager, Seattle WA
  • 2004- 2007        Community Psychiatric Clinic, Clinical Case Manager, Seattle WA

PAST CONSULTATIONS:

Boulder Valley Women's Health, Boulder CO

Welby Montessori, Mapleton School District, Denver CO

Eagle Rock School, Estes Park CO

Blue Cross Blue Shield, EAP for University located in the United States

TRANSforming Gender Symposium, University of Colorado, Boulder CO

The Gender Identity Center, Denver CO

Out Boulder, Boulder CO

Psychological Health and Psychiatry, University of Colorado, Boulder CO

Equality Illinois, Chicago Il

TRAININGS:

April, 2017. "Transgender Identities and Clinical Practice: Updating and experiencing clinical care models." Colorado Mental Health Professionals Conference. University of Denver. Denver, CO.

March, 2015. “Welby Montessori Transgender Inclusion Training.” Co-Presenter with Karen Axe. Denver, CO.

September, 2014. “Gender Identity and Expression in the Workplace: Transgender Identities.” Webinar. Blue Cross Blue Shield Employee Assistance Program. USA.

May, 2014. “Working With Transgender Clients.” Mental Health Partners. Boulder, CO.

April, 2014. “How Does This Happen? A Systemic Understanding of Mental Health.” Project WISE Co-presenter with Laura Portalupe. Jefferson County Action Center: Lakewood, CO.

March, 2014. “Responding to Mental Health Issues and Challenges: The Language of Mental Health.” Project WISE Co-presenter with Anna Tekippe, MSW & Laura Portalupe. Jefferson County Action Center: Lakewood, CO.

PRESENTATIONS:

March, 2015. “The WPATH Standards of Care, the Changing Nature of Clinical Relationships.” Co-Panelist with Nicole Garcia, Asher Eno, and Karen Scarpella. TRANSforming Gender Conference, University of Colorado: Boulder, CO.

February, 2014. “WPATH SOC: Informed Consent Model for Transgender and Gender Variant Identities.” Workshop presentation. Gold Rush Conference: Denver, CO.

February, 2014. “WPATH SOC: What Gender Variant Consumers Should Know and How to Self-Advocate.” Workshop presentation. Gold Rush Conference: Denver, CO.

November, 2013. “Transgender Inclusion in Policy and Practice: Examining U.S. Collegiate Sports.” Diversity and Inclusion Summit, University of Colorado: Boulder, CO.

March, 2012. “Transgender Inclusion in U.S. Collegiate Sports.” Academic panelist, moderated by Scarlet Bowen, PhD. TRANSforming Gender Symposium, University of Colorado: Boulder, CO.

July, 2011. “Queering the NCAA: How Transgender Athletes are Included in College Sports.” Thesis Colloquium moderated by Pat Griffin, PhD. Smith College School for Social Work: Northampton, MA.

March, 2011. “Trans Issues in Mental Health.” Co-presenter with Randall Ehrbar, PsyD. TRANSforming Gender Symposium, University of Colorado: Boulder, CO.

March, 2011. “Diagnosing Difference (Documentary film) and Discussion with University of Colorado Mental Health Providers.” Co-presenter with Hans Foote, PsyD. TRANSforming Gender Symposium, University of Colorado: Boulder, CO.

February, 2011. “Working with Transgender Clients: PHP’s Clinical Staff Knowledge and Experiences.” Department specific research design, data analysis, and presentation for staff. Psychological Health and Psychiatry, University of Colorado: Boulder, CO.

PUBLICATION:

Brookens, L. (October, 2011). “Athletic Administrator Perspectives Hindering Transgender Inclusion in U. S. Collegiate Sports: A Queer-Feminist Analysis.” International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, Bulletin No. 62. Retrieved from http://www.icsspe.org/membersarea_a/bulletin/drucken_8de6b68f.php.html.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)

Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work (CSCSW)

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)