We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Tanya Gilbert and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dr. Tanya, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success both personally and professionally is my strive towards being my “authentic-self”. It is my belief that you are at your best when you are genuinely being yourself.

There are so many things in the world that has been culturally selected and socially projected upon us that we are constantly rising to satisfy the call /demands of until we forget the most important element of all, our
true authentic “self”. Within, your “authentic-self” is where you will find your most strength, clarity, peace, and transformation during times of joy, stress and / or dismay.

Having the ability to manage my life in this manner, helps me to create balance and clarity within all situations, by examining g my thoughts and my practices, as well as examining g the thoughts and practices of others, I am able to understand where my processes end and the other person’s processes begin. I’m able to respect and understand that I do not have to take on things that are not mine and at the same time, I can be open to support someone in their time of need.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
It was not easy, because the environment I was raised in did not prepare or support me for any level of higher education, outside of a high school diploma. However, I knew that there was so much more to life and I wanted to show my younger siblings and other family members, that we did not have to be or stay at the level that we were born into. I wanted them to know that living your life is about being able to make our own choices.

This resulted in me working truly hard to earn my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Client-Centered Psychotherapy and Diversity Group Leadership. My education, clinical-training, and my life-experiences prepared me to become a multi-service mental/behavioral health professional, Transformational Life Coach, Relationship Expert, Spiritual Counselor, Ordained Minister Author, Mentor. I’m in private practice with 30+ years providing care to individuals, couples, families, groups, executives, students, and organizations from a diverse population of adolescents to older adult male, female, LGBTQ+ in a variety of settings within local and national communities.

The most important lessons that I have learned to my life, is that 1. you have to meet people where they are, 2. you have to see people for who they are, 3. do not expect for people to become what you need. These are the principals that guide my life and my work. I want to give my clients the things that people struggle to give me. Therefore, I am guided by a frame that applies the principles of multiculturalism that utilize the personal strengths and the cultural strengths of the people and communities I connect with, recognizing that each person has unique needs.

I focus on life enrichment and / or development through building alliances that foster self-awareness, acceptance, growth, and empowerment that enables my clients to maximize their personal and professional potential. I draw upon a holistic approach to provide comprehensive services that are tailored to meet the specific needs of the people I work with.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a great host therefore, Day 1 my house: I love to cook and I will cook them their first 3 meals at my home. Day 2: We would do the tourist things and take them to most of the touristy places within the Los Angeles area including Pinks Hot Dog, Hamburger Mary’s for Food and entertainment, Walk of the Stars, Santa Monica Pier, Getty Museum, and Tar Pitts. Day 3. We traveled down PCH to Long Beach to visit The Queen Mary, eat and shop at the Shoreline Village in Long Beach, Day 4 and 5. we would get up very early, pack camping gear and head to Perris Lake to camp and enjoy being in nature riding bikes, hiking, fishing, kayaking, whatever it is that they desire to do for our stay. Day 6. head back into Los Angeles,and spend the rest of the visit at my home just relaxing and watching movies and sipping cocktails.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My daughters, Liz and LaPriss both whom have made their life-transition along with my daughter, Sarita, my four-grandchildren, the Michigan Women Music Festival: WWTMC (We Want The Music Company, Dr. Margaret Warner, Doctorate Program-Chair Illinois School of Professional Psychology (ISPP-Chicago)

There’s been many many others that where very supportive and contribute to my success, you know what it says it takes a village therefore too many to List and I don’t want to slight anyone.

Website: Website: www.drtanyagilbert.com

Instagram: Instagram: dr.tanyagilbert

Linkedin: LinkedIn: Dr. Tanya Gilbert

Twitter: Twitter: Dr. Tanya Gilbert

Facebook: Facebook: Dr. Tanya Gilbert For Change

Youtube: You Tube: In The Moment With Dr. Tanya Gilbert

Other: Tik Tok: Change For Life

Image Credits
Jess @ jkillem.shots Mr. Mario Photos James Knowshun McGee

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