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Inspiring Conversations with Alexandra Brown of Thrive In Life Therapy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra Brown.

Hi Alexandra, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
My partner, who was in the US Navy at the time had just received orders to San Diego. Because he was either underway or deployed during our initial two years here, this time for me was both empowering and life changing. To help cope with the daily life stressors, I started running. Through running and fitness, I found a community of military spouses that I learned to grow with. I built a community who fiercely believed in me and supported my family in every way. They fed us, bathed my babies, had playdates, celebrated holidays, toted my kids with them, and loved my family like their own. They showed me the value of being part of a military community and supported me through my MSW program. I was able to graduate from USC with a 3.9 GPA. I completed all my assignments and papers by pulling all nighters and literally completed my Capstone project with a newborn baby on my lap. I will always look back at this time with gratitude and resilience.

Running and fitness gave me a new perspective in life. I enjoyed exploring the beautiful places in San Diego through running. It provided me with community and connection. I realized that running improved my mood, decreased my anxiety and allowed me to be more present and mindful. It forced me to take time for myself, which as a mother and a student was difficult to do. I ran my first half marathon and built confidence in doing so. Currently, I have ran more half marathons than I can count and one marathon. Running has connected me to so many amazing friends who are now stationed all over the world. Running changed my life and I will always be grateful.

After completing my MSW, I continued to work in non-profits serving the community in the foster care system, juvenile justice system, and mental health. After completing my licensure, I made my way into private practice. I worked in a group private practice for two years and then I finally decided it was time to start my own.

In 2021, Thrive In Life Therapy was founded. My vision for this group practice was from a place of collective healing. I wanted to create community and connection for those who had been suffering alone throughout the pandemic, wanted to give back to the military community, and wanted to continue to support those healing from trauma. Thrive In Life Therapy is unique from other group practices because we provide a holistic approach to healing. We currently have three licensed therapists, two associate therapists, one masters level intern, a dietician, a fitness coach, & a trauma informed yoga instructor. We provide free fitness classes to our clients and our community, along with yoga, reiki, & sound healing events. We strive to create a practice that fully integrates physical fitness with mental health to heal from trauma and PTSD. As I continue to support those healing from trauma, I’ve learned how trauma gets stored in our body. I see the importance of embodied movement, the mind-body connection, and healing from body to brain.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The journey is beautiful and it’s also a long road. I don’t think many people understand how much effort it takes to become an independently licensed therapist. Completing my BA, MSW, 3000 clinical hours, Law & Ethics Exam, 104 weeks of clinical supervision, & the Clinical Exam was an extensive process. Additionally, being a military spouse with frequent moves trying to collect clinical hours, while having four kids, and managing the difficult balance of working, having a family, & now owning a business can be exhausting. My hope is that another military spouse can feel inspired to have both a career and family despite these obstacles. I want to empower others to cultivate a life they love by finding their passion and purpose.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Thrive In Life Therapy provides individual, couples, and family therapy to those located in CA via telehealth.

Our clinicians specialize in many things including trauma (EMDR trained), anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships, and building confidence & self-love. We provide free fitness classes monthly as well as yoga, reiki, & sound healing events. We love creating community partnerships and provide trauma informed consulting and trainings.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
Life is difficult and we all need support sometimes. Part of trauma informed care is knowing that everyone has or will experience some type of trauma within their life. I definitely see the need for therapy and hope that the industry continues to grow. At a time of Covid, mass shootings, a difficult political climate, inflation, and rising costs, it is my hope that people realize there is support and they don’t have to suffer alone. My goal is to de-stigmatize mental health and make therapy affordable for all.

Pricing:

  • We accept insurance; Optum, Oscar, United Health Care, Cigna, Aetna, and Tricare.
  • Out-of-pocket services for individual therapy are $100-$150, however, we honor a sliding scale. Our MSW level intern provides therapy at no cost.

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Richwell Correa

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