We had the good fortune of connecting with Chatti Phal-Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chatti, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
When I was 22 I met Ray Bradbury at a Q&A and book signing event. I asked him to write his favorite word in a copy of Fahrenheit 451. He in turned wrote “YES!!!” underlined. That meeting has stuck with me all this time. I grew up in a very protective family. Having gone through a genocide, we were very much taught to stay in line, don’t stick out, play by the rules and nothing bad will happen. Reading those words written by Mr. Bradbury helped me to take risks and put myself out there. I have since lived and worked abroad, traveled, built businesses, and changed course when I need to. I jumped in and said yes to many opportunities. I don’t advise doing this without checking in with your body and your felt senses so I’ve also worked with my body and my instincts to figure out what risks I want to make.

What should our readers know about your business?
Mayura Healing Co is my mental health private practice in Wheat Ridge where I work with adults to help them process and heal trauma. I also work collaboratively with clients and their nervous system to increase their joy in daily living. We work together using art therapy, voice activation, dreamwork, sandtray, and vibrational sound healing to name a few modalities. Potential clients’ eyes normally light up when they hear art therapy and sound healing. The latter they have never tried in an individual setting and the former, they believed was only for children. While talking about generational trauma, racial injustice and negative life experience is difficult, there’s also this joy and lightness in knowing that there is grounded support and “play” involved.

As a therapist, I don’t shy away from the hard stuff. Clients and I talk about the shadow parts of themselves. Most of the time. the shadow has a lot of lessons for us if we just dialogue with it. And lots of time that’s where the root of our problems are. If we don’t nourish the roots, how will the plant survive?

With any business, there’s a lot of self-doubt. I’ve had to work on my own “receiving” wounds. Am I good enough? Do I deserve success? It was kind of a constant battle until 2020. I launched the business website and of course, Covid happened and therapists were forced to pivot to telahealth, not my favorite way of operating as I don’t love a lot of screen time. I couldn’t see clients for sound healing until this year. It’s been difficult but it’s also forced me to take time to work on my healing house, the space where clients will come and meet. I’ve also valued this time to decompress and take it slow. I think when I launched Mayura, I didn’t have a filter in what kind of clients came into the space, I just wanted clients. But now, I worked with clients that align with the work that I want to do and that feels great.

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 love going to Denver Botanic Garden in the morning. You can bring a picnic lunch and sit for hours and read or people watch. Then off to Rino district to look at the cool wall art and small shops (my favorite is Conifer and ReRoot). Dinner at Cholon for their French onion soup dumplings. And for good measure and if we have time, a guided ghost tour of Denver.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Ray Bradbury, my mentor and friend, Sue Wallingford, Merryl Rothaus, my husband , TJ, and my constant cheerleader my older sister, Lakana.

Website: mayurahealingco.com

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