We had the good fortune of connecting with Bryn Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bryn, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
The most important lesson I have learned from my career is that you have to lean into discomfort. This is a saying you hear a lot in psychology circles, but I have seen this idea help people in all walks of life make huge changes. Growth happens in discomfort. Connection requires discomfort. You can’t be authentic without discomfort. Starting my own business has been a lesson- over and over- in discomfort and, as a therapist, I have the honor of moving through incredible pain, struggle and discomfort to help people thrive.
I have found this especially true when it comes to parenting. As parents, when we see our kids struggle all we want to do is “fix it” or make their pain go away. I have been so lucky that, as I was having my own kids, I was able to learn about how valuable it is to be able to go towards your child’s discomfort. Some of my work that I am most passionate about is helping parents and caregivers feel more equipped to support their children through really tough emotional moments, not by fixing it, but by being with them. This lesson has been such a gift- to me and the people I am lucky enough to work with.
What should our readers know about your business?
In starting my own private practice, Bryn Miller Therapy Services, my main goal was to provide high quality, compassionate and individualized care to people struggling with mental health issues, specifically eating disorders and anxiety. One of the best ways to help my clients, many of whom are adolescents, is by supporting their support system: their parents and caregivers. In addition to weekly sessions with families, I also do Parent/Caregiver Skills Groups and Workshops to get tools out to as many parents as possible. Since my business is a one-man shop, this is a great way to try to help more people without having to clone myself!
As a parent myself, this is such an important part of my work and my greatest moments in my work are when parents have that “a-ha!” moment where they figure out how to better connect with their kid or work through something that is getting in the way for them. To be a small part of helping a family heal is such an honor, truly.
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.
Oh man. With two kids under 5, I have not gotten out much lately!
I grew up in Edwards, outside of Vail, so I would-of course- take my friends up to the mountains. I love the hike around the like at Piney River Ranch and if you follow that up with a delicious lunch on the patio at La Bottega in Vail Village, you have a pretty perfect summer day in the mountains.
In terms of Denver spots, I love the Lowry Beer Garden. Low-key, yummy food and a great neighborhood vibe, it is an awesome spot. Plus, the kids can play around the big airplane at the Wings Over the Rockies museum next door while you enjoy a cocktail.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I love this!
I would love to dedicate this shoutout to the Eating Disorder Foundation. EDF is an incredible non-profit here in Denver that provides workshops, support groups and therapy to people struggling with eating disorders. They tirelessly provide such valuable support to people all over the country and they truly help save lives.
My mentor, Dr. Elizabeth Easton, has also been instrumental in my development as a clinician, especially in my work with parents and caregivers. I am forever grateful for her compassion, expertise and humor.