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Dec 6, 2021

In this episode, Ernesto Segismundo joins the show. He talks about the importance of clinicians feeling comfortable sharing their ideas and being creative. Once therapists start talking about legal and ethics, many people clam up and don't want to be vulnerable with their thoughts. However, the mental health crisis is quickly getting out of hand, and we need therapists to be creative now more than ever. Tune in as we chat about listening to your body, how success will impact your personal life, and attracting the right types of people.

Meet Ernesto Segismundo

Ernesto Segismundo is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Ernesto received his undergraduate degree in psychology from BIOLA University and received his Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University. Ernesto has over 10 years of clinical counseling experience working in settings such as group homes, domestic violence shelters, churches, and outpatient programs. Ernesto treats marriage and family relationship problems. Ernesto also treats individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Along with Ernesto’s counseling experience, he has conducted various classes and seminars concerning relationships and mental health-related topics such as parenting, substance abuse, maintaining healthy marriages, private practice social media and video marketing, and managed care practices.

The Importance of Creativity In Private Practice

Clinicians are gifted and creative, but for some reason, where we took the legal and ethics courses, it scared the creativity out of us. Sometimes we put ourselves in a box when we hear the words legal and ethics. People on social media throw it at other psychotherapists out there. Then, therapists become afraid to try new things. Ernesto attracts clinicians who are innovative and question the standards that others put out there. Therapists should be able to exchange ideas with each other without feeling afraid. Mental health is a massive problem, and therapists shouldn't be scared to find creative ways to help people.

Your Body Is Talking and It’s Time To Listen

Your body is wise, and your mind interprets what our bodies react to. Think about how your body reacts to the businesses that you create. How does your body respond to the people that you surround yourself with? If you have an uncomfortable feeling, then it's time to ask questions. What is your body trying to tell you? Maybe your body is trying to tell you to lay down some boundaries. When you walk into a room and feel a specific type of energy, your body is trying to tell you something. Being in tune with ourselves is sometimes hard as therapists because we can tune into others very well. Having your own therapist will help you be more in tune with your own body.

Navigating Challenges That Come With Success

When you start succeeding, two things happen:

  1. Emotional responses like fear, resistance, and imposter syndrome all start coming up.
  2. You will start to figure out who is genuinely on your side. Some people will support you, while other people will become insecure.

You attract those people that want to be around you that give you that energy. There's a powerful exchange between you and them. You repel the people that unconsciously want to stay small, but they want you to stay small with them. People will be uncomfortable with your success, not because they're uncomfortable with you but because they are uncomfortable with your possibility of succeeding. Are you not allowing yourself to succeed in private practice? Well, you're playing small because you're focusing way too much on the people that roll their eyes when you become successful. 

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