BLND’s founder, Brooke Buys, has over 20 years in the field with experience in clinical outpatient therapy, residential treatment, and school counseling. She created BLND as an alternative to traditional, one-size-fits-all wellness models, with the vision of offering personalized, authentic support that works in real life and drives real change.
Brooke received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Michigan. Currently Brooke is completing a PhD in Social Work and Psychology with her research focused on gender responsive
approaches to addiction treatment. Many early experiences directly shaped her journey, from piloting reproductive health care services in Guatemala to guiding her social work career as a home-based interventionist, serving the community as a medical social
worker, school-based counselor, and clinical therapist at a dual-diagnosis residential treatment program. Each experience offered reflective opportunities that eventually contributed to the BLND model, values, and mission to deliver accessible, yet personalized
mental health care services. Brooke is a faculty professor at the School of Social Work at The University of Michigan and is committed to shaping quality clinicians to enter the field with hope, creativity, and the skills to impact change.