Brooks Canaday, MA, LPC

Hello! My name is Brooks and I’m a therapist at Denver Mental Health Collective, but you can also call me an OCD interruptor, positive personal intimacy advocate, and healthy masculinity ally.

I help people struggling with OCD feel empowered and better manage obsessions and compulsions; I support those with personal intimacy issues, especially problematic porn use, to feel capable of change and to live more in line with their values; and I work with men to break free from unhealthy societal expectations and feel more authentically connected with others and themselves.

My ideal clients are tired of being trapped by obsessions and compulsions; want to move past unhealthy cycles of pornography use and find new ways of being; and are thoughtful men striving to make their way in an increasingly complex world. They are ready to break out of old patterns by learning new skills and considering new perspectives to reach their unique goals.

OCD interruptor

Do you often have unwanted thoughts pop into your head that seem too “messed up” to share and make you question your values or identity? Do you spend a lot of time checking, seeking reassurance, mentally reviewing, or doing something until it feels “just right?”

If you’re nodding along, you’re in the right place. OCD is not an adjective, and it is far more than appreciating cleanliness or order: OCD means experiencing repetitive and disturbing intrusive thoughts that can shake your sense of self and cast doubt on everything you think you know. It’s no wonder that you want relief and engage in neutralizing compulsions, though these only help in the short term and make things harder in the long run.

OCD can feel like spiraling into a black hole, but I want you to know that it can get better. I use a combination of exposure and response prevention (ERP) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to face obsessions and compulsions head-on and take away their distressing power. I know OCD is tough, but I believe you’re tougher.

Positive personal intimacy advocate:

Do you find yourself spending more and more time using or thinking about pornography? Do you feel ashamed or depressed after using porn? Do you find yourself falling back into old and negative habits after saying “just one more time?” As isolating as problematic pornography use can be, you are not alone in the struggle.

For many people, using porn starts out as an occasional curiosity or as a way to relieve stress, but like other addictive behaviors, gradually grows out of control as endless and hyperstimulating modern internet porn hijacks the brain’s reward centers. Problematic pornography use can distort your relationships with others and with yourself.

Healing from problematic pornography use comes from replacing porn with specific tools and personal pursuits that fill the space left behind and foster comprehensive recovery. I approach problematic pornography use with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and motivational interviewing (MI), which can help you shift your relationship with porn and adopt tools to help you move towards healthier ways of being with yourself, others, and the world.

Healthy masculinity ally:

Do you ever question if something you enjoy is “manly” enough? Do you feel like you have to seem tough or that you shouldn’t express a softer side of yourself? Have you thought about working with a therapist but didn’t feel comfortable giving it a shot?

You’re not alone- since we were boys, most of us have been surrounded by distorted images and ideas of what it means to be a man. These can lead to being cut off from our own emotions, feeling burdened by impossible or inauthentic expectations, and believing that it’s somehow a weakness to care about our mental wellbeing and the things that make us unique. I offer a place to work through the rigid labels and unhealthy beliefs about manhood that are holding you back from connecting authentically with yourself and others.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

I received my B.A. in Journalism from Boston University and spent several years as a photojournalist before I earned my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Regis University. I’ve worked in a range of mental health settings, including a residential substance abuse treatment center, a small private group practice, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and a community mental health agency helping people with severe and persistent mental illness. These diverse experiences have helped clarify my strengths and interests, which I hope I can share with you.

MORE ABOUT ME

When I’m not seeing clients, I head to the mountains to hike, bike, ski, or just set up a hammock and relax. I also love working on (and sometimes even fixing) cars, finding new music, hanging out with my dog, and getting lost in a good book.

Please contact our office today to schedule a free phone consultation. During this time our Client Care Coordinator can talk more about what’s going on and how I can help you feel better.



2121 South Oneida St.
Denver, CO 80224

Hello@DenverMHC.com
(720) 863-6100

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