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Meet Gabrey Milner of Angeles Psychology Group in Miracle Mile

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gabrey Milner.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I spent a long period of time in early adulthood working at a string of different jobs that I couldn’t see actually being my “career” and I reached a point where finding work that I wanted to cultivate into a career became important to me. When I thought about what I would really want to do for the foreseeable future, I thought about what I was good at and what was important to me.

I realized that I feel most useful and most engaged in the moment that I’m in when I am most deeply connected to the ones I’m engaging with, whether they be loved ones or a new, interesting person that I’m meeting for the first time. I also deeply appreciated the healing journeys that I went on as a patient in therapy, so entering the field of healing felt impactful, aligned with my skillset and like something that I would get up every morning and be excited to do and continue to learn to do better.

I also came to understand the great need for mental health providers in the Black community. I experienced people only receiving mental health care after a breaking point, whether it be incarceration or an actual mental break. I wondered how much better the outcomes would have been for the people I knew if the intervention would have come earlier; and while it wasn’t a barrier to my own therapy, not finding someone that you believe has some shared level of understanding of what it is to be Black in America, could definitely be a barrier for some. Filling a need that felt so glaring made entering the field of psychology even more exciting the more that I thought about it.

Has it been a smooth road?
The road seems smoother looking back on it than when I was actually on it! From being challenged in my Psychology Master’s program at Antioch University- Los Angeles to really look deeply at myself first before going out to treat others, to gathering all of the necessary clinical hours as an associate before qualifying to become a licensed therapist, to the angst involved in building a private practice patient base; wondering if that first client will ever come, there are so many challenges along the way that felt much more steep when I was looking up at them than they do now that I’m looking back on them. Building up my faith in myself and in the right outcome being ahead for me has been a challenge that I continuously work on.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am so thankful to launch the private practice phase of my career as part of Angeles Psychology Group! We are a group practice that is focused on holistic healing, cultural competence, in all of its forms and cultivating a community of wellness that extends beyond our therapy sessions. We believe in being focused on how we can best serve folks that seek our services, from providing a high level of comfort and warmth in our offices, when we can use them again, to making the administrative side of things as straightforward and hassle-free as possible. We are focused on providing first-class talent and amenities to communities that aren’t always offered that, not just in an “inclusive” way, but in a way that makes it clear that “this is for you, and you deserve the best.”

The team that I work with is bar none, which keeps me motivated to continue to hone my skills to deliver the high level of care that my colleagues do. I love that we do our best to maintain an outward focus to the larger community that we serve. Even with the limitations of the current moment, we try to stay connected externally, to not only have our name out there so folks that could use our services can find us but to provide little bits of knowledge and support to the community at large.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
In one respect, Los Angeles is a great place to be a therapist because there are so many people in our city that are open to try therapy. On the other hand, there are SO MANY therapists in LA! Especially when you’re starting out and don’t have many sources of referral yet to generate business, it can be pretty tough going to get established here. Seeking out a therapist can be daunting, so it would benefit therapists and the people that need them, for the process of connecting therapists to patients to be made simpler and easier somehow. Directories, like TherapyforBlackMen.org and TherapyforBlackGirls.com have really helped my practice launch and have helped many of my patients find me.

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