Inside the WELL Summit: Meet Jenny Brice, Psychotherapist, Public Health Defender + Wisdom Seeker
Jenny Brice, MFT, MPH, believes in the power of personal narratives to radically re-shape one’s life, relationships and experiences. Her mission is to elevate and encourage the practice of self-realization through awareness, acceptance, compassion and appreciation; with the knowledge that people are genuinely doing the best they can with the mindsets and resources they have. Jenny is a clinically trained psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of individuals, couples and families, a thirteen-year public health professional, a Level II Usui Reiki Practitioner and a passionate wellness enthusiast. Her aim is to support others in vibrating higher in all aspects of their human experience by helping them access their internal and external strengths, and she’ll be bringing her wisdom to WELL Summit in Brooklyn on October 5 & 6, 2018.
What would WELL Summit attendees be surprised to learn about Jenny Brice?
In 2011, I quietly welcomed and transitioned into my 30s at a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreat. Life was never the same. That year, I whittled my belongings down to two suitcases, left my job and lived/traveled abroad for a year. I visited nine countries and countless cities, made a living as a backup singer, and had experiences with amazing souls that will last me a lifetime. The move seemed to go against my very nature, which loves control and security, but there I was, guided by something greater than myself to disrupt the predictable flow I had worked very hard to accomplish. It was epic. The woman born out of that leap seven years ago, continues to amaze, challenge and delight me.
What quote inspires you?
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” [emphasis added] —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What books are you reading right now?
The Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships, by Harriet Lerner, PhD
Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model, by Richard C. Schwartz
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD
The Day of the Duchess, by Sarah McLean (I started reading historical romance novels in middle school)
What exciting things are you working on this year, Jenny?
I’m writing a book focused on navigating difficult disclosures and conversations between adolescents and caregivers, and planning an Emotionally Focused Couples—“Hold Me Tight”—one-day therapeutic retreat, based off the work of Dr. Sue Johnson.
What are you teaching at this year’s WELL Summit?
My workshop is in the Business of Wellness track, and focuses on tuning in to your mental, physical and emotional cues to notice and avoid burn out, and how to recover if you’ve already crashed. We’ll explore a psycho/social/biological/spiritual perspective of this epidemic and participants will walk away with clear and practical steps to protect and maximize that creative, passionate spirit at the core of every entrepreneur I know. Entrepreneurs are especially at risk for burnout because being a business owner puts many people on an intense emotional roller coaster, and boundaries between personal and professional life get very blurred or don’t exist at all. We’ll deepen and unpack the practice of self-care down to its survival roots, and back up again to living our best lives.
Get more info about out upcoming WELL Summit here, and follow along as we introduce you to more speakers and partners in our Inside the WELL Summit series.