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Exploring Life & Business with Kaelly Arellano and Brandon Shindo of K & B Therapy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kaelly Arellano and Brandon Shindo.

Hi Kaelly and Brandon, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
The creation of K&B Therapy, Inc. started way before we entered the field of mental health. It began in our childhood and in stories of strength before we were born. K&B Therapy, Inc. is not just a group mental health practice, it is a symbol of our story and a reflection of hope, resiliency, compassion, awareness, and help.

As first-generation graduates in our families and proud POC, we have navigated this new venture not only together but with the support of so many others. Yes, “K” is for Kaelly and “B” is for Brandon, but K&B Therapy, Inc. is so much more.

Our practice is a product of all the years of hard work and sacrifices that our parents and grandparents made in order for us to be able to have this opportunity. Our work ethic was instilled in us seeing our fathers do hard labor and seeing the evidence of the calluses on their hands. Women empowerment and leadership was modeled by our mothers, abuelita, and obaachan. To our younger siblings, thank you for teaching us persistence, dedication, and passion. Lastly, our clinical skills are the product of countless hours of knowledge and skill taught to us by our mentors, supervisors, and clients. We were given the building blocks to create our business, but it was our community and the desire to help young professionals like us that brought K&B Therapy, Inc. to life.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
People often ask, “how did you do it? How did you leave a stable job in the middle of a pandemic and enter the world of private practice and entrepreneurship?” To make a long story short, we were scared but believed in ourselves and the generational strength passed onto us. We were also experiencing burnout and noticed that discussing our vision of supporting young professionals, college students, and people of color reignited us. We were excited and decided that fear wouldn’t stop us.

If we are honest about our journey, it wasn’t easy. While we believed in our clinical skills and drive, learning about business and putting ourselves “out there” on social media was unlike us. We value 1 on 1 conversations and had to push through the discomfort to be able to reach those we knew we wanted to hear us.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
K & B Therapy, Inc. is a group practice located in Sherman Oaks, CA. We specialize in providing culturally sensitive mental health services (and other services) for young professionals, college students, and people of color. We aim to support clients find answers within themselves to identify their optimal balance between success and happiness. Our ultimate goal is for individuals to create a life they feel is authentic and can be proud of. The foundation of K&B Therapy Inc. is based upon the core principles of cultural humility, trust, integrity, compassion, and a great sense of humor.

Our philosophy at K&B Therapy, Inc. is “Use your voice, create your vision.” We help our clients use their own voice in expressing their needs and thoughts in such a way that leads to the identification and creation of a fulfilling life.

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
While our services are open and welcome to all residing in California, there is a special place in our hearts for those who identify as Asian-American and/or Latinx. Additionally, because we’ve experienced burnout as mental health professionals before, we developed a therapy group (This Therapist Goes To Therapy) specific to therapists in training in effort to promote preventative burnout work.

We seek to bring a new taste to mental health services, believe in the power of storytelling, and hope to provide you a space where you can share yours.

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Joseph Micheal

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