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Meet Aliice Black of Nightlight in Valley Village

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aliice Black.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have been passionate about helping people since I was a little girl. I enjoyed volunteering at flower shops, retirement homes, and youth outreach programs and was told that I gave great advice. I formed fast connections with people and often found myself talking others through crisis situations. I often found in these conversations, that everything I had been through in my life that I previously perceived as “negative,” had actually given me the tools to be able to connect with others on a deeper level. I knew that empathy was a gift, but didn’t learn where to apply it until 2017.

I am a writer, and an empowerment and trauma healing coach. I use verbal and written communication to connect with and guide clients into a more fulfilling state of being. I found that many people struggle with the same mental, emotional, interpersonal, and spiritual aspects of their lives. Whether it be guilt, lacking boundaries, skewed self-worth, repressed grief, poor emotion management, toxic cycles, or clinging to the past, I found that I could help people by being able to really empathize with what they were experiencing. Even if the stories are different, the result is often very familiar, despite how alienated someone may feel.

I’ve worked in integrative medical environments, as well as the mental health and substance abuse industry. After taking many self-development workshops, and completing life coaching training, I began taking on my own clients in January of 2018.

I also published my first book “Nightlight: A Collection for the Lost” in early 2018. It was a compilation of poetry that I held very dear to my heart, that I felt portrayed the emotions of being stuck in toxic cycles. Poetry was my first love in the art world, before exploring makeup artistry, dancing, painting, and modeling. While I’ve always felt that all mediums of art are great emotional outlets, poetry (and human connection) always felt like a language that came naturally and was all my own.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I grew up all over the southwest, often in unstable environments. My parents were very young when I was born, and I moved between family members multiple times per year until I moved out on my own at age 16.

Throughout my youth and teenage years, I experienced a wide array of trauma, addiction, dysfunction, and mental illness both in my life and those around me. I lost many close friends to drugs and mental illness, which further pushed me into a dark place in my life. I moved to Los Angeles in 2012 at the age of 20 with no idea of what I wanted to do, or who I wanted to be.

I had just finished a temporary editing job for a well-known author, who had become ill and needed to sell his home and receive full-time medical attention. I was alone, had no money, and a very skewed sense of self. In those first few years, I struggled. I was diagnosed with Endometriosis, depression, and ADHD. I felt like a walking medical book, trying to scrape by and stay in a city I had fallen in love with when I was young, but feeling helpless. Then I lost my job, and everything changed.

Soon after, I began working for a doctor in integrative medicine, assisting with patients and business relations, and soaking up every bit of information I came across. I discovered that not only did I absorb and understand much of what I was exposed to, I was also very comfortable with patients. While I appreciated the medical aspect, I found myself being pulled in the direction of mental health. I was reminded of my childhood and those that I had lost, and knew that I could make a significant difference in the lives of people going through the same struggles.

I accepted a job as a mentor at a mental health and substance abuse facility working with adolescents. That was where I found my true purpose, and a way to apply all that “negative” life experience in a positive way. I was then introduced to self-development workshops by trusted friends and began caring for my body and mind in a way that I never had before. Through diet, meditation, dance, yoga, nutraceuticals, and a LOT of reading, I found stability in my physical and mental health. But I wanted to go further. (Overachiever alert, am I right?)

It felt like there was a meaningful connection between all of the creative outlets I enjoyed and the passion I had for helping others. I wanted to tie it all together and create a life that got me excited to get out of bed in the morning! I began posting my writing and reaching out to people that were on their own paths of empowerment and found myself working with a life coach. I wanted to do the work for myself so that I could show others that it is do-able. That anybody can overcome their traumas and transform their pain into something beautiful. That’s what art has always been to me. As I shared my journey, I began training to help others on theirs, which was terrifying.

Everyone feels like they have to be perfect before they can put themselves out into the world. That was why it took so long to publish my first book… it wasn’t “perfect.” When I realized that nothing will ever be perfect, because it is always changing and evolving, I knew that whatever I was creating was powerful. Whether it is my words, my coaching, or my modeling, I want to inspire people to find the beauty in life and in themselves.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Nightlight – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The coaching program that I offer has been named Nightlight, which is the same name as my book. The name comes from the concept that you cannot remove darkness, but you can add light! I lovingly call this the process of “illumination,” in which we find our strengths in the areas that we would normally try and ignore or remove. We think that our pain or fear makes us weak, but it’s actually through those experiences that we learn how to grow.

My program differs for each individual client, but I find that my specialties are in empowerment, forgiveness, interpersonal awareness and resolution, trauma healing, emotion management, breaking toxic patterns, shifting family dynamics, and taking control of physical and mental health.

I’m proud of my program because of its uniqueness for each person! I try to stay away from rigid modalities that are applied to each client because I have personally experienced it, and found it disappointing. There isn’t a “one size fits all” program to healing, and that’s the approach that sets Nightlight apart.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
There are so many workshops, classes, books, and training programs that I’m excited to explore and integrate into my program. Incorporating more physical health and creative expression into Nightlight is also in the very near future, as well as publishing four more poetry collections focused on addiction, anxiety, family healing, and trauma healing.

I’m always writing articles and content to share my journey and experiences so that even if people are not at the point in their lives where they would like to see a coach, they can still connect and benefit from reading someone else’s words.

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Image Credit:
Ivy Santiago – Ivysantiago.com, Lady Lea Photography – Ladyleaphotography.com, Russ Ramos – Russramosphotography.com

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