Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in mental wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Brandon Shindo, Co-Founder of K&B Therapy, Inc., located in Sherman Oaks, CA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
K & B Therapy, Inc. is a mental health group practice located in Sherman Oaks, CA. We specialize in providing culturally sensitive mental health services (and other services) for young professionals, college students, and people of color. We aim to support clients find answers within themselves to identify their optimal balance between success and happiness.
Tell us about yourself
I am a fourth-generation Japanese American. I was born and raised in the City of Los Angeles, CA. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California and the CEO and Co-Founder of K&B Therapy Inc. I obtained my Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in Psychology with a minor in Asian American Studies. I then graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills, with a Master's degree in Social Work.
Over my professional career, I have served as an in-and-outpatient clinical therapist, field-based clinical supervisor at a non-profit community mental health agency, and a field instructor for graduate-level Master of Social Work students. I also mentor aspiring and current wellness providers, and I am a keynote speaker for events discussing mental health within communities of color and professional development. I am passionate about working with and advocating for Asian American Pacific Islanders (and other POC), young professionals, and college students.
I have developed a unique clinical approach based on my own life experiences, clinical training, and passion for ethnic studies. The foundation of my professional perspective is to view things from a systematic, social constructionist, and anti-oppressive perspective. My eclectic clinical approach involves utilizing: Critical Race Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Behavioral Therapy. I adopt a collaborative, tailored, and useful approach that incorporates cultural sensitivity, compassion, and humor to foster an atmosphere that fosters growth and transformation.
I have the ultimate goal to support my customers in finding the ideal harmony between achievement and fulfillment in their lives and in building a life they feel is true to themselves. Aside from working, I enjoy spending time on California's warm, sunny beaches, cooking, fishing, going to live music events, and hanging out with family and friends.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Being able to use my education and be able to help my community while promoting my own mental health.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Continually working on balancing the ebb and flow of work and personal life.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Focus on relatability with your clients/customers.
- Embrace being vulnerable and knowing when to ask for help.
- Create a service/product that is accessible to various individuals/groups.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Mental health is health, and we all have it.
Where can people find you and your business?
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