GILA BROWN MA, LMFT
“When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can't make them change if they don't want to, just like when they do want to, you can't stop them.”
You hide it very well.
You dress the part.
Your success distracts you from feeling so alone.
People seem to like you, but they don't really understand.
Often it feels easier to pretend that you're OK, but deep down... you hope for something more.
Throughout my life, I have always been driven by the impulse to 'figure things out.'
I began my career as a teacher. I loved the challenge of figuring out how to present challenging concepts to my students in a way that made sense to them. After seven years of teaching, I came to see that the single most important factor in anyone's life was the parent/child relationship. I left teaching to begin a private practice as a child development specialist, helping parents understand child development and avoid power struggles.
In 2011, I returned to graduate school to become a psychotherapist.
I have since fallen in love with psychotherapy. It is the ultimate vehicle for figuring things out. I am forever fascinated by us human beings, how we make sense of the world and our place in it. I am honored to be able to do this work, helping others figure things out for themselves.
SERVICES I OFFER
Consider me your calming force with an unrelenting ‘yes-you-can' attitude. I balance deep empathy, strong analytic skills and a bit of dry humor to empower you to create the life you want.
I specialize in working with adults experiencing:
Depression * Shame * Suicidality * Self harm * Anxiety * Relationship problems * Isolation * Histories of trauma or abuse
Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents
Growing up with a narcissistic parent shapes your sense of self in a painful way that can lead to a great deal of suffering as an adult. It is not your fault. You ARE good enough. And... there is a road to recovery.
The WIEBGE acronym stands for “Will I Ever Be Good Enough?”, and signifies certification in Dr. Karyl McBride’s five-step recovery model for treating adult children of narcissistic parents.
There are few life events more painful to endure than divorce. Gracefully navigating the way through often requires the support of someone who understands the myriad of implications divorce has, both on individuals and those around them.
Divorce changes who we are. Divorce is a second chance.
If you are considering divorce, please join us at one of our Second Saturday workshops in Beverly Hills or Santa Monica. You will learn all you need to know about the divorce process.
My experience working with families, parents and children spans over twenty years. In 2013, I created the NAPPA-award-winning parenting program, 'Harmony Rules: How to Parent Confidently & Raise Super Kids,' and I am a contributing expert to KidsInTheHouse.com.
I empower parents to better understand child behavior and teach them how to build a family based on cooperation, accountability and compassion.
While anger is a natural and necessary emotion, unless it is constructively managed, it can be very damaging to relationships, both personal and professional.
Learning strategies for anger management allows for improved communication, smoother resolution of conflicts, and increased empathy for others.
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