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Exploring Life & Business with Dr. Trillion Small, LMFT-S of Nurturing Fit Brains

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Trillion Small, LMFT-S.

Hi Dr. Small, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I began my professional career journey as a pre-med major in college at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MIZZOU). I thought I wanted to be a Pediatrician until I volunteered in a hospital and quickly realized I was wrong in my assumption.

It was extremely tough to see people sick, so I knew working in a hospital wouldn’t be the wisest career for me. I switched majors my junior year to my 2nd love (which I didn’t realize was actually my first love; exceeding science) and the rest is history. I instinctively knew that I wanted to help others, so I decided to pursue the highest degree that I could in the psychology field. I obtained my M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Lipscomb University then I went on to obtain my Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University.

I have been a licensed mental health therapist for eight years. I primarily work with individuals and couples who are experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, and trauma (primarily relationship trauma). I am also a Mental Performance Coach. I assist athletes and high performers (i.e. executives, politicians, and other professionals) reach peak performance by way of mental training. I am currently the Mental Performance Coach for the Major League Rugby Team-Dallas Jackals.

In addition to therapy and mental performance, I am an adjunct professor, author of multiple books, and speaker. My most proud speaker moment is my TEDx talk titled, “Overcoming the Fear of Love”.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Life is rarely a smooth road. It’s the bumpy roads that strengthen you mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. One of my greatest struggles was healing from my past and finding a place of emotional, mental, and spiritual peace and freedom. Talk about HARD! Being in the mental health field definitely did help me with this struggle because every course essentially is asking you to look in the mirror and evaluate your own inner world.

It initially was a struggle because I really didn’t know that I wasn’t “okay”. I was a high functioning depressed and anxious person so it never really dawned on me that my past was indeed driving my decisions (or lack thereof in some instances). My fears subconsciously drove me to a breaking point. I knew something was wrong when I began crying for no apparent reason and when I could no longer hide behind my tough exterior.

My walls were crumbling and there was no amount of cement that could hold it together. I was forced to struggle my way to mental, emotional, and relational health. A combination of therapy, social support, and Jesus Christ were the pillars that assisted me. While I wouldn’t want to take the journey again… I am grateful for it because I am so proud of the woman I have blossomed into and am becoming.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I launched Nurturing Fit Brains after realizing just how vital our brain health is to pretty much every aspect of our life. Nurturing Fit Brains is a peak performance company that provides mental training for Athletes, Performers, Professionals, Executives, and overall High-Achievers. Our brains are social organs and they are shaped positively and negatively by our experiences with others and ourselves.

Therefore, a nurtured brain not only promotes optimal brain development but also serves as the foundation for peak performance. We have expanded our services from solely providing one-on-one and group coaching to corporate training and curriculum development for companies/organizations that wish to develop their mental health culture.

We pride ourselves on training others from the inside out and providing psychoeducation about the organ (the brain) that contributes to shaping our personality, performance, relationships, and all the above. What good is emotional intelligence without self-awareness?

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
Our industry is built on the foundation of human interaction. I do not see that being completely removed but the industry, as are most, continues to seek ways to digitize resources and services.

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