Welcome to “On the Couch” … a series of Q&A sessions dedicated to getting to know the amazing staff at Well Clinic
This week, we’re sitting down with Vanessa Brown – a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) at Well Clinic in San Francisco.
What is your favorite part about your work?
My favorite part of my work is getting to know my clients, helping them to identify and own their strengths, and partnering with them in reaching their goals.
What is your favorite thing about San Francisco?
I love the weather and the beauty of the city.
What is your favorite place you’ve ever been?
My favorite place is Puerto Rico.
Name five things that are on your bucket list (things to do before you die).
- Travel to Africa
- See a play in London
- Go on a cruise
- Learn how to play guitar
- Going to Niagara Falls
What is your favorite memory ever?
Walking across the stage to accept my bachelor’s degree. I worked hard and felt very proud of myself!
Where did you grow up?
Brooklyn, New York.
What is your favorite quote?
‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’
– Martin Luther King Jr.
In your free time, what are you most likely doing?
Reading, writing, listening to music, singing, going to museums and parks.
What are five albums you’d want with you if you were stuck on a deserted island?
- Purple Rain – Prince
- Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits
- Recording of the opera Carmen by Bizet
- Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits
- Bob Marley’s Greatest Hits
Where was your last vacation?
Big Sur, CA.
What cause(s) are you most passionate about?
Equality for minority communities in all areas (both here in the U.S. and globally), making mental health services accessible to all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, adequate funding for public education including increasing teachers’ salaries.
What was your career before becoming a mental health practitioner?
I worked as a marketing representative for a commercial insurance company.
What is your favorite food?
I love any kind of noodles/pasta.
What is your favorite book?
I don’t have just one favorite; some of my favorites are The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Beloved by Toni Morrison, Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, and Dry by Augusten Burroughs.
What is your favorite movie?
I don’t really have a favorite movie; my favorite genres are comedy and horror movies.
Do you have any pets? Please introduce them to us.
I am lucky to have two of the cutest pets, one is a calico cat named Maggie, and one is a chihuahua/terrier mix named Rufus. They are full of affection and make me laugh all the time!
When are you at your most creative?
When I am supported by the people around me and have the opportunity to work with other creative people who are sharing ideas.
What motivates you?
Helping others, spreading positivity.
Tell us about someone who inspires you … past or present.
My grandmother has always been my inspiration. She was the person who always taught me to treat others with respect and kindness. She modeled a strong work ethic, compassion for others, and had an amazing sense of humor.
Describe one of your first few jobs.
My first job was working as a reference librarian in the main public library in Brooklyn, New York. It was fun because I was able to provide information to people who needed support in getting research done, and I learned valuable research skills.
What’s one fun thing you wish you could do more of?
I would love to travel more often.
What made you want to become a mental health practitioner?
I took my first psychology class in high school, and immediately became fascinated by the study of human behavior. I became a psychotherapist to support people in reaching their personal and professional goals and to help people feel better about themselves.
What makes Well Clinic different?
Well Clinic is a community of mental health practitioners who support each other and work collaboratively with clients in making changes.
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