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Meet Tia Brisco

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tia Brisco.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
If you would have asked me what I wanted to do when I was little and even in high school, I would have told you that I wanted to be a singer or actress. My dad has been a musician my whole life, and met my mom at a concert, where she was directing a choir. Entertainment was in blood and I had been performing since I was five. Being a therapist had never occurred to me, until I started college. That is when I had several chance encounters with multiple therapist in many different arenas. I knew that serving people was what I was meant to do. I graduated from Cal State Northridge in 2015 with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and received my License in 2018, at the age of 26.

Just like becoming a therapist, I had no plan to open a private practice. Not until my mentor, Dr. Kimberly Spitz-Mares called me with a client that needed to be seen ASAP and she needed me to do it. I had no office space, no forms, NOTHING. However, with a lot of guidance and stealing one of my friend’s office spaces, I was able to start my practice in June of 2018. I became self-employed in February of 2019 and opened my second office in Palmdale, CA in July of 2019. Had I not received that email from Dr. Spitz-Mares, I would have never considered doing private practice, at all. I had no intention of ever doing it. It is funny how life makes an effort to prove you wrong!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road had its turbulence for sure. There are not a lot of black individuals in my field. If they are, they are located on the East Coast and are mostly social workers.  I struggled a lot to find people who looked like me. Even in grad school, I was one of three black women in my program. People did not understand my career choice. My favorite line was “are you sure you are going to make money doing that?” or “Black people don’t do therapy.”  It was rough, but I had the support of many professors, including Dr. Dana Stone and Joyce Medley, LMFT. They pushed me to do outreach and educate future black therapist. So that is what I did. Now our CSUN MFT department has one of the highest groups of black enrollees in Southren California. 

Another thing that almost derailed my plan all together was losing my grandmother. My grandmother and I were extremely close, and she passed away a month before I opened my doors. I was devastated and had made the decision to give up. My mom reminded me that grandmother would want me to see me live out my dreams. I decided to move forward with opening, because I knew the best way to keep her legacy alive was to carry it out in business. Now you will find small knickknacks in my office that honor her. 

Please tell us about Your Practice
I am licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that specializes in children 2-10 and adults. My areas of focus are cultural issues and life transitions. I find the most joy working with little ones. You can see me on any given day on the floor playing with toy cars or my kitchen set with kiddos.

I am also in training to become an expert mental health trainer/presenter. I have traveled around southern and central California presenting on various topics such as developmental disabilities, cultural awareness, and work-life balance. I proudly presented for the Pasadena District Attorney in October of 2019. 

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My mom, my grandmother Erma Jean, my dad Chris, and my dad Michael. All of them have raised me to be the strong and empathetic person that I am. My mom especially plays a huge role in my business. She made it possible for me to attend undergrad with not debt because she started saving for me as soon as she found out she was pregnant. She is my therapist, my soundboard, and the interior designer/office managers for my offices. My best friends Ann, Nicole, and Lytara. I am always running around, and they keep me grounded and focused. They say for every successful woman there is a group text that cheers her on. I have mine!

My mentors, Dr. Kimberly-Spitz Mares, Dr. Dana Stone, Joyce Medley (LMFT), Arlene Rose (NP), Megan Costello (LMFT), and Jane Snowden-Galvin (LCSW). These women have taught me how to be a rockstar in this therapy world. From teaching about the business side of practice to encouraging me to present in front of 150 people, I am lucky. I am glad I was blessed to have amazing mentorship as a newbie in the field. 

Finally, my clients. The ones that keep coming back. The ones that challenge me to my limits. My love for this job grows so much with every client that has walked through my doors. Serving them was what I was put on this earth to do.


  • Individual Therapy (50 minutes) $150.00

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