Have you ever wondered what your therapist does in their free time? Are they a real human with issues, goals, dreams, just like the rest of us? Does she partake in the occasional glass of cabernet or a craft brew? Do they really meditate or use those relaxation exercises they taught me last week? Why did they decide to do this for a living? So many questions! Well, here's a little about me to prove that I'm a real person too:)
Who is the most influential person in your life?
I would have to say my grandma. She is the most kind, compassionate and strong woman I know. She and I definitely share a passion for learning and education and she has been my number one supporter in my journey this far.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
For me, being a therapist was something I knew I wanted to do from a young age. I have always been interested in human behavior and exploring why we do what we do. Supporting those around me and providing a safe space for them to express their thoughts and feelings is something that I get joy and fulfillment from and have been naturally drawn to. Being able to be a part of someone’s journey is something that I appreciate on a daily basis, being invited into stranger’s lives and witnessing the inner strengths that people are able to harness to move through difficult and painful situations, is an honor for me.
What do you like to do?
I very much enjoy working out, mainly strength training. Going to the gym was not something that I always enjoyed and was basically a chore that I would put off most days. By setting goals, researching how to work out effectively and committing to myself, I have truly developed a passion for working out. I've also noticed how much of a positive impact it has on my mood which helps keep me motivated. I also love spending time with my toddler, taking things slow, hanging out at the park and being silly. I also really enjoy hanging out on patios with my girlfriends having a beer:)
What are you working on?
Right now I’m working on personal development. Through the process of building a private practice I have developed an interest in business, something I never thought I would say, and have been reading and listening to podcasts about starting and growing a business regularly. I’ve also been reading more about coaching and teaching at a post-secondary level.
If money were no object, what would you do with your life?
I would spend my time learning new things. I would love to be a “professional” student and could see myself exploring classes that are outside of my comfort zone. I also love being on campus, going to the library and bookstore. I’m definitely a bit of a geek that way.
What is the book you have recommended the most to clients?
Attached. If you’ve ever had questions about why you seem to fall into the same old relationship patterns no matter what, this is the book for you. It is well written, provides tips and skills and anyone could benefit from reading it, in my opinion.
What’s something you’re really into right now?
The enneagram. Kristen encouraged me to find out my number and I have been intrigued by it ever since. I find that it offers a lot of insight into our personalities and the motivations that drive how we interact in the world.
If you could have only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
Pizza, 100%. There are so many options for toppings and it magically shows up at my door in 30 minutes.
How would friends describe you in 3 words?
Empathetic, supportive, and caring.
So that's a little about Liz, thanks for reading!
Liz Hagerty MSW RSW