Brandie Remke is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience treating children, adolescents, adults, and families. Brandie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Illinois State University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Aurora University. Brandie also received Type 73 Certification and has over 9 years of experience working as a therapist in an alternative/therapeutic school. Prior to working in the alternative school setting, Brandie had several years of experience in the behavioral/mental health field which included: child and adolescent case management, respite care-giving, and co-leading a support group for breast-cancer survivors.
Brandie’s experience includes individual, group, and family therapy for issues such as: ADHD, anxiety, depression, family conflict, mood disorders, oppositional defiance disorder, parenting challenges, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, self-injury, and social skill deficiencies. Brandie has extensive experience in working with children and adolescents, providing parents with useful behavioral management techniques, and helping families to work together to resolve issues. Brandie brings enthusiasm and optimism to her treatment with clients.
“I became a social worker to help others. My main goal in therapy is to help clients achieve their goals and assist them in becoming more resourceful. My approach to therapy is focused on helping individuals and families identify and utilize their personal and collective strengths. I strive to build collaborative relationships in a safe and supportive environment, so that we can work together to develop insights and solutions to the problems that arise.
My goal is to help clients develop and utilize problem-solving techniques and positive coping skills, while fostering a positive sense of self. I do so by honoring each individual voice throughout the therapeutic process. While I develop a unique treatment approach for each client, I draw upon several therapeutic models and techniques which include: Family Systems Theory, Person-In-Environment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.
Life is complex and extremely challenging at times, but if you are willing, we can find the strength to help you move forward in a positive and meaningful way.”
Brandie strongly believes that group guided intervention can be the most powerful method to reach children and adolescents. She feels that it helps them realize they are not alone and allows them to provide and receive support from same-aged peers who have similar issues and concerns. Brandie has extensive experience in providing group counseling for kids and teens to address the following issues: anger management, anxiety/school refusal, self-esteem/positive thinking, stress management/relaxation, and social skill development.