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Meet Kelli Rugless of Flourish Psychology in Beverly Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelli Rugless.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am a Southern California native who grew up in a family where education and service to others was prioritized. I got my start working in hospitals with children, adolescents, and young adults. In all of my experience with children, I realized that a lot of my work ended up being primarily with mothers and that I was passionate about helping women navigate the unique challenges that we experience throughout our lives.

Every woman has the potential and power to be a positive force of change in her personal life, workplace, and community. Helping women achieve this potential is my passion. By building a safe space for vulnerability, openness, and healing, I seek to empower my clients to cultivate compassion for themselves and others while overcoming life’s challenges.

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?
My path to starting Flourish Psychology was anything but smooth! It has been a journey filled with a variety of barriers, obstacles, and opposition, both large and small. From recovering from a health condition that was debilitating at a crucial point in my training to grinding through toxic work environments where I experienced racial bias and sexism. My most recent obstacle was having my office lease fall through a month before I began my practice and having to scramble over the holidays to find a new location (my current space is perfection!).

All of the challenges have forced me to exercise the very strategies and tenets that I discuss with my clients and have given me more perspective and ability to empathize and connect with my clients on a deeply personal level.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m a licensed clinical psychologist that recently started my own private practice, Flourish Psychology, that specializes in women’s mental health. My entire practice is geared towards meeting the needs of today’s woman. From the challenges of adolescence to the shock of having an empty nest and everything in between. I believe that the struggles that occur across a woman’s lifespan deserve special attention and an approach that specifically meets her needs. This is especially true for women of color who experience a unique stress associated with being a member of an ethnic minority group in the United States.

I have several areas of specialty within women’s mental health that include eating disorders, postpartum anxiety and depression, women of color, and chronic medical conditions. Prior to starting my own practice, I was the clinical coordinator for UCLA’s Nourish 4 Life Program, an outpatient and inpatient eating disorder clinic.

I believe what sets me apart from others is the fact that I’m willing to bet on women! Some see such a narrow focus as a risk but I see it as a recognition that our experience as women (women of color, mothers, individuals with eating disorders) is deserving of the extra training that comes with the title of a specialization.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was known for being outgoing and loving a good laugh! My nose was always in a book and I was considered the “welcomer” in my family: always making sure that the new person in the group felt comfortable. I was also known for having grandma hobbies (i.e., gardening, crocheting, sewing, floral arranging). I loved languages and grew up wanting to live overseas (I ended up going to Spain in undergrad for a year where I learned Spanish).

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