Meet Dr. Brooke Armstrong, PhD MFT

Dr. Brooke has a warm and playful style, as well as a diverse background in the arts and sciences. Her modern approach to counseling engages clients with brain education, perspective shifts, an iterative action-oriented process and concrete tools to help them thrive.



Dr. Brooke Armstrong has long been fascinated by how the brain works and how we create our own experience. She conducted research at the Salk Institute and received her PhD in Neuroscience from University of California, San Diego. Her studies focused on how we integrate perception, memory and attention to understand the world around us. Dr. Armstrong is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT #51691) who has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Stanford University. 



Prior to opening her private practice in Hayes Valley, Dr. Armstrong ran DBT/CBT groups and taught coping skills at UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. For two years, she provided counseling at Haight Ashbury Psychological Services, where she helped people with relationships, depression, anxiety and stress. Dr. Armstrong also provided suicide counseling at Family Services Agency of Marin, art therapy at Conard House, and animal-assisted therapy for children at St. Francis Elementary School.

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Dr. Armstrong was a Visiting Professor in the Psychology Department at UC Berkeley, where she received rave reviews for Drugs and the Brain, and other psychology courses. Over several years, she lectured on psychology and neuroscience at Stanford University and at UCSD, and she gave talks on design research at California College of the Arts. Dr. Armstrong was also included in California Pacific Medical Center’s Mini-Medical School Series, where she spoke on the Neurobiology of Love.

Art & Design

Dr. Armstrong also had a career in design for many years. She created science museum exhibits, websites, branding and products. As an interaction designer she often used design research to study people’s emotions, motivations and behaviors in order to provide practical design solutions. Along with numerous other art projects, she wrote and directed a feature film called “Brain Pirates”. She holds two US patents, and she continues to paint, sculpt and do some design work.

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Office Therapy Dogs

Dr. Armstrong will often have one or two therapy dogs with her in the office. They are non-shedding, hypoallergenic standard poodles. Lokita received her Canine Good Citizenship award from the AKC and is a licensed therapy dog with the SF SPCA. Sprockets is in training to someday take over therapy duties from Lokita.


Thank you for your generous spirit. You are helping us to heal in so many ways. With your heartfelt guidance, brains (and wicked sense of humor!) – you make the process fun.
— Ashley, Client