Ms. Jacki Brunk, LCSW
Jacki Brunk, LCSW
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Illinois State University; Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. Ms. Brunk is the Northeastern District Chair for NASW for 2022-23. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Client Base: Ms. Brunk has worked in a variety of private and public settings within the social services field, including private nonprofit child welfare, the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County, the Department of Human Services in Illinois - Early Intervention Program, and private outpatient practice. Jacki has worked with a variety of populations, spanning the developmental lifespan, including children and adults with developmental disabilities; foster and adoptive youth; children and adults suffering from depression and anxiety; children and adults with Autism Spectrum disorder and ADHD; and people challenged with various transitions within their lives.
Therapeutic Approach: Ms. Brunk works with clients using an ecological approach, incorporating systems theory throughout her practice. She believes people are affected by myriad systems in their lives (family, community, society). With effective treatment, clients can acknowledge and address mental, emotional and behavioral issues that impact their everyday routines, regaining function and control as well as finding joy in their lives. Taking a strength-based approach, clients can feel empowered to enhance those parts of their lives that are going well, as well as recognize those areas that require change. Ms. Brunk is also certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).