Change can be intimidating, but it can also be healthy. Brijuan helps clients with breaking harmful cycles, implementing strong boundaries, and prioritizing inner peace to create an everyday life of joy and ease.
Brijuan approaches therapy in a collaborative manner where the client leads the direction, while she supports from the sideline. She actively listens and creates a space of authenticity, openness, care, respect, non-judgment, flexibility, and warmth. She assists clients with finding meaning in life stressors and pivoting in ways that make everyday life easier and enjoyable to help clients exude power, happiness, and resilience. She also helps clients with becoming more empathetic towards themselves as well as with others.
Brijuan has been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and actively uses this modality in practice to address the effects of our individual thinking and beliefs as a result of past trauma. She also uses a strengths-based perspective in practice, where she assists clients with focusing on their internal strengths to counter negative thoughts and feelings. The goal is to highlight the client’s strengths to further inspire their resilience.
The journey of becoming a therapist started at an early age for Brijuan Phillips, LMSW. She has been a mental health advocate since the age of 12, which guided her path to pursuing Psychology with a Mental Health concentration at Spelman College. There, she grew a love for studying anxiety, depression, race-related stress, and PTSD, particularly among the Black community. Brijuan then went on to obtain her Master’s Degree at NYU Silver School of Social Work where her love for addressing the racial disparities in mental health and advocating for Black wellness grew tremendously. Brijuan has led the planning process of one of NYU’s annual Anti-racist and Multicultural Practice Conference, titled Clinical Implications of Racial Trauma. She started a blog called OurWellnessTalk to shed light on racial issues in mental health and create accessibility to important data as such. Brijuan aims to help bridge the gap between Black individuals and mental health care.