Hello there, and welcome back to the Mountain Practice Journeys podcast!

I’m your host, Cindy Norton.

Here in Episode 29 I chat with Melissa Zawisza of Reilly Counseling in Texas. We talk about all the reasons that self-care isn’t selfish, and the lessons she learned when switching roles from social worker to patient.

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Episode 29 Transcript

Hello there, and welcome back to the Mountain Practice Journeys podcast! I’m your host, Cindy Norton. Here in Episode 29 I’m going to chat with Melissa Zawisza of Reilly Counseling in Texas. We talk about all the reasons that self-care isn’t selfish, and the lessons she learned when switching roles from social worker to patient.

Let’s get started.

Have you been wanting to start your private practice, but you can’t seem to take that first step? Maybe you’re afraid of failure or lack confidence, or maybe the idea of running your own practice is overwhelming. I’m Cindy Norton, owner of Mountain Practice Journeys and I help therapists and counselors to love the business side of private practice. I’ll share with you practical skills and advice along with a healthy dose of inspiration so that you can be on your way to the practice of your dreams. Put on your hiking boots, and let’s get going.

If you haven’t yet listened to Episode 28, I urge you to do that. In that episode I share some considerations to help you decide whether to be private pay or take insurance in your private practice.

Now let’s get on to my interview with Melissa.


[Interview with Melissa Zawisza of Reilly Counseling]


During each episode I’ll be giving you one small take away, action step, or mindset shift. I call these acorns. Listen to Episode 0 to get the scoop on what the acorns are all about.

The acorn from this episode is that your self-care should be unique to you. Don’t try to make your self-care look like everyone else’s or think that you need to incorporate a certain form of self-care into your routine just because it keeps showing up on self-care lists.

As I mentioned during my conversation with Melissa, I have finally been able to let go of the idea that I “should” be doing yoga for self care, and it’s been really liberating.

Tune into your own body and your own intuition in order to decide what really nourishes you – and do that.

As I outlined in Episode 0, I’ll be alternating between a fun fact and ‘what I’m digging’ segment with each new episode.

What I’m digging for this episode are the AFFIRMATORS! card decks by Knock Knock. These card decks are wonderful! I use them personally and in my coaching practices.

I specifically use the Affirmators Love & Relationships deck in my work with couples. I also know many therapists that use the decks with clients. With my couples, I have them each draw a card, read it aloud, and talk about how the message relates to their relationship. The cards are always eerily applicable to what we just talked about in session. The couples really enjoy the activity and leave the session with a helpful nugget of wisdom.

If you’ve been following me on instagram @mountainpracticejourneys, you know that I’ll do a card pull from the Affirmators deck every few weeks and post a picture with an inspiring message – so keep a look out for these posts.

Thank you so much for joining me today on your private practice journey.

For episode 30 I’m going to talk about websites and help to demystify all the website options that are available to you.

In the meantime, join me over on instagram @mountainpracticejourneys

There’s no way you can know how much it means to me that you choose to join me here as I share all things related to private practice. Please subscribe so you don’t miss a step. For more information about this episode, please visit the show notes page at mountainpracticejourneys.com/podcast I truly appreciate you Trailblazers. Your mountain is within reach. Journey on.

I Want You To Be Successful In Business & In Life!

Starting, growing, and maintaining a business is a big deal. It's super-exciting and super-scary all at the same time. I created Mountain Practice Journeys to support you through the difficult and muddy terrain, and to celebrate with you when you have reached each summit of the many mountains you will conquer on your journey.

Happy Climbing, Cindy

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