Dr. Radisha Brown, is known as America’s #1 Breakup Therapist. She is the owner of iThrive Therapy & Coaching, where she is committed to helping couples avoid unnecessary breakups and individuals heal after a relationship end.
She has been seen on TV One’s hit crime show For My Man and been featured in Voyage Atlanta Magazine, Black Doctorate Network Podcast, MindBodyGreen and more. She is an international speaker, podcast host, 2x best-selling author and trusted Psychotherapist who gets results.
Her work is guided by faith and the simple idea that when we connect the dots between past experiences and present pain, we can position ourselves for a powerful future. Combining her knowledge of mental health as well as her love of faith, she helps you heal to position you to love again. She wants you to use her life motto, and title of her best-selling book, and GIRL, GET OFF the couch and take your life back!
What inspired the start of “Girl, Get off the Couch “?
I was inspired to start Girl, Get off the Couch to help women like myself who looked fine on the outside but are internally suffering. My life was tough growing up because I had a mom addicted to drugs and alcohol and she was unable to care for me. Therefore, I grew up in the foster care system which left me feeling abandoned, alone, and in emotional pain. That experience taught me to expect disappointment and pain from the people who are supposed to protect you because I didn’t deserve more.
As an adult those feelings remained so it was no surprise that I found myself in a toxic marriage. I remained in that relationship because my experience as a child taught me that I was unworthy of anything more. I dealt with the emotional pain of my relationship by eating and gaining over 80 pounds. I didn’t recognize myself and I spent most nights on my couch crying myself to sleep. One day in my prayer to God I told Him I could not live this life anymore, and things needed to change or I would not make it. I heard God say to me “Girl, Get Off The Couch”, at that moment I realized no one was going to save me and God expected me to take action. That moment was the catalyst for my internal transformation and healing. I realized that if I wanted change in my life, I had to fight for my mental, physical, and spiritual health. I started focusing on healing the pain from my childhood. I began to embrace self-care by prioritizing my mental and physical health.
I lost 80 pounds and shared my story in my best-selling book Girl, Get Off the Couch because I wanted women to understand that my physical weight was a manifestation of the emotional pain I had carried for so long. I wanted my story to be an inspiration for other women to find the courage to heal. My journey led me to create the Girl Get Off The Couch brand, which includes a best-selling book, song, and live events where we help women to start their own healing journey.
What has been the biggest challenge of running a brand like ” Girl, Get off the Couch “?
The biggest challenge of running my brand “Girl, Get Off The Couch”, is knowing and understanding that we’re pattern driven individuals who seek comfort even in unhealthy relationships, situations, and behaviors. We seek comfort in those things because it’s comfortable and familiar to us. Healing can be extremely scary because we don’t always recognize what that experience is like. Most often we grow up in homes where there is mental, physical or sexual abuse which normalizes those behaviors for us. When we are introduced to healthy behaviors, we distrust it because it’s not something that’s familiar to us. On our healing journey, we have to constantly fight against the desire to return to unhealthy behaviors in our personal and professional lives because it’s familiar.
How does ” Girl, Get off the Couch ” impact its local community?
The community benefits from Girl, Get off the Couch because we are creating comfortable spaces for black women to grow, heal and thrive in spite of past traumatic experiences. Our work is focused on counseling, coaching and community engagement. Our mission is to normalize conversations about the impact of trauma, pain and weight gain.
I am most proud of the community we’ve built because when You HEAL, I HEAL, We all HEAL! We heal through the experiences of women because they are the backbone of our community, the caretakers, and they are the glue that holds our community together. Hence, the reason for the phrase “I am my sister’s keeper”! What sets us apart from others is our focus on Black women and our willingness to have vulnerable conversations.
What can women expect when booking a session with Girl, Get off the Couch, can you share the new client experience with us?
At the start of a new relationship with us women can expect a warm welcome and an assessment of their needs. Together, we will create a tailored coaching plan that outlines your goals and expectations for the coaching process. We will also discuss the timeline for our work together and the client’s desired outcomes. Throughout the coaching process, our team will be available to answer questions, provide feedback, and create a safe, supportive, and encouraging environment. We will also provide resources and information to help our clients achieve their goals. We are committed to delivering a positive and rewarding experience for our clients and look forward to helping them grow, heal and thrive.
Where do you hope to see your brand in the next 3-5 years?
Our focus over the next 3-5 years is building a strong online presence through our website, blog, and social media accounts. We hope to see the Girl, Get off the Couch brand expand to include a multi-state tour of our live event, expansion of our apparel line and a TV series. We plan to build relationships with clients and potential customers by developing a network of influencers and partnerships. Our focus will remain on expanding services and products that will inspire black women across the globe to grow, heal and thrive despite past trauma.
What advice do you have for the next generation of entrepreneurs?
The advice I have for the next generation of entrepreneurs is to keep God first in everything you do because faith is the foundation for a successful business.
God is an important part of the entrepreneurial journey because He can provide strength and peace in times of uncertainty and doubt. He can help us to stay focused on our goals and give us resources to accomplish our goals. He provides us with the courage to take risks and to trust that things will work out in the end. God gives us the confidence to persevere even in the face of obstacles and challenges. God provides us the power to stay motivated and to keep pushing forward despite business failures. Remember to be authentic to yourself while standing on faith and success will follow.
What does being “Pretty and Black Owned” mean to you?
Being “Pretty and Black Owned” means I will not shrink to fit other people’s ideas of who I should be while embracing all parts of my culture internally and externally in my business. It means I must be authentic, no matter what people say. It means that I own my truth and stand firm and pretty in it.
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