Meet Grief Recovery Texas Founder, Brenna Robinson
I have spent the past 20 years in the Medical Esthetics and Anti-Aging industry. I have always been fascinated with intrinsic and extrinsic aging. I have owned a private esthetic practice which included a celebrity clientele. I have worked in Surgical Esthetics, I was a Skin Care Director for a plastic surgery center, and I have managed the esthetics team at a Destination Spa ranked #1 in the nation, and #4 in the world, by Condé Nast Traveler.
My career came to an abrupt end, in 2015, when my daughter was diagnosed with Very High Risk Acute B-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia. My daughter was dying and it was all on me. As a solo parent, not by my choice, I moved into the hospital which became my command center. I was forced out of my paying job. I was suddenly sentenced to a 3 year, full time, non-paying job with no time off, ever. I was physically exhausted and completely heartbroken. All of the grief I had experienced in my own life prior to my daughter’s cancer had been momentary. I was becoming paralyzed by a new sensation… anticipatory grief. I had no idea how to process this foreign feeling that was taking me down to a place I had never been.
During the long and painful journey of pediatric cancer, life went on around me. I missed out on all the ups and downs my friends and family were experiencing. I lost several people during this time period. One of the most heartbreaking was when my cousin died by suicide. After a few attempts at traditional therapy, I knew I needed something different. I was a solo parent with a kid dying from cancer and we were in crisis mode all the time. There were no hospital resources or funding, for mental health therapies, for pediatric cancer parents confined to the hospital with their dying children. I knew I needed an action plan or I would not survive. I vividly remember typing through my tears the words “grief + action plan” and there it was. The Grief Recovery Method®. What I needed existed. I just needed to get there. And, I did. The Grief Recovery Method® changed my life!
What I had not realized was that, I was so focused on anti-aging, it never occurred to me that growing old was actually a privilege denied to many people. Everything suddenly came into focus.
Then, my heart was tested yet again. I watched in horror, along with the world, the mass shooting in Las Vegas. My brother and my niece were both fortunate to have survived this horrific tragedy. Sadly, that was not the case for many. On the heels of the Vegas Shooting, I was once again confined to isolation after my daughter’s second relapse. While waiting for my daughter’s donor to come through for a chance at life, I watched via social media, my friend and her husband suffering anticipatory grief as their son fought for his life in another hospital. As I was celebrating my daughter’s gift of life, my friend was saying goodbye to her son. My heart was exploding! I knew in that moment, I had to help other people deal with grief and loss.
After my daughter’s Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant, I became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® with The Grief Recovery Institute. In 2018, I founded Grief Recovery Texas, LLC. This is more than just a new career. I have found my purpose. I am honored at the chance to improve the lives of the brokenhearted.
Although many of my clients are cancer patients, survivors, pediatric cancer parents, and families, I work with anyone dealing with loss and grief of any type. I love that I get to wake up every day now, and be vulnerable, and show up for others.