We had the good fortune of connecting with Pavan Basra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pavan, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
The end goal for me and my partner’s business Womxn of Color therapy (WOC therapy) is to create an online space for womxn of color to connect, build a community, and access our wellness workshops. Ideally, we would love to expand our Los Angeles branch into a wellness hub for womxn of color to have full access to once this pandemic has subsided and made it clear for more in-person activities. Moreover, we are planning to extend WOC Therapy nationally and have therapists set up in each state to be more accessible for clients who need therapy services from a trusted, well-informed, and cultured therapist that we have hand-picked for her experience. We are currently working on giving our clients the option to choose from a very specific team of therapists and coaches based on their styles such as more clinically based therapy, inner child/attachment style therapy, astrology-based wellness, and more. By the end of my career, I see myself helping direct and manage the growth of WOC Therapy, co-hosting wellness retreats with my team, and continuously creating and expanding an online platform that can be easily accessible for womxn of color around the globe.
What should our readers know about your business?
Womxn of Color Therapy is a therapy and wellness agency dedicated to improving the lives of womxn of color. We offer an inclusive and beautifully dynamic experience to our clients to give them top-quality therapy and coaching services driven with love and healing. It was not easy for the agency to be built up to where it is today. We launched about 2 weeks before the quarantine was announced and managed to not only stay afloat amidst the chaos but to thrive! We overcame these challenges by adapting quickly and well to the new norms and adjustments linked to COVID-19, as well as continuously pulling in our team to stay unified with a strong work ethic. The biggest lesson we learned along the way was to adapt well and fast and to ask for help from outside resources when needed. It is never wrong to ask questions! We want the world to know about Womxn of Color Therapy in order to spread more awareness and accessibility for womxn of color to take their healing journeys seriously. Too often womxn of color are taught to not ask for help when needed and we want to be the brand and healing space that can fight against this stigma and enhance the lives of many womxn around the world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them for a bike ride at the beach followed by dinner at Moonshadows since the beach is clearly the epitome of SoCal! I would definitely show them a couple of local art shows that I love seeing such as the Los Angeles Art Walk, the Arts District, or other amazing LA art pop-ups. I would take them for drinks at the Rooftop at the Waldorf Astoria or 71 Above simply for the amazing views! We would also need to hike around the beach or Griffith Observatory. If bars were open during this time, showing my best friend the Houston Brother’s bars would be NEEDED. The Houston Brother’s bars are all over Hollywood and Los Angeles and each bar is extremely dedicated to a specific theme. I love them ALL! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My amazing mentor, boss, and the CEO of Womxn of Color Therapy, Tamika Lewis LCSW. She is the definition of a boss babe SHE-E-O!
Other: Our allyship workshop link https://alliedvoicesforchange.com