Amanda Brown, PhD, LCSW
Presentation: Finding your way through explant's harder-to-see but deeply felt inner journey
Dr. Amanda Savage Brown is a torchbearer for women navigating the psychosocial impacts of breast implants. Her holistic perspective on how breast implants affect women's well-being reflects her life’s work in women’s health while earning a Ph.D. in human genetics, as an officer in the United States Public Health Service, and as a clinical psychotherapist. In her private practice, she helps women reclaim their lives from trauma, anxiety, people-pleasing, grief, loss, and difficult change through the research-backed approaches of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In 2018, Dr. Savage Brown’s personal life and professional expertise aligned as she moved through her breast implant removal journey, recovered from disabling pain she didn’t realize was related to her body’s response to breast implants, and witnessed countless women struggling with the deeply felt, yet poorly supported, mental, emotional, and social aspects of breast implant removal. To address the unmet psychosocial needs of women whose life journeys include placing temporary and problem-prone implants into one of the most sexualized and objectified parts of the human body, Dr. Savage Brown created Breast Implant Through Explant (BRITE℠) Inner Healing. It translates ACT's six strategies to promote psychological flexibility among women navigating the mental, emotional, and social challenges of considering or planning breast implant removal and adjusting to their post-explant chest in breast- and appearance-oriented societies. It’s the foundation for Busting Free, the first-of-its-kind self-help book to guide women through explant's harder-to-see inner journey.