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Life and Work with Kate Amini

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Amini.

Kate, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Last summer, after completing my Master’s internship, my supervisor gave me an incredible opportunity to stay on with her at her private practice. I was beside myself. I was able to start doing what I loved, as a professional, AND getting paid for it?! The first few months were humbling, to say the least. Building a client base was a process, money was tight, and handling my own stress seemed more challenging than ever. But I had so much support- at home, at work, my family, my friends- and that definitely helped encourage me. I finally got to a place where I had regular clients, enough money each month (consistently) to live comfortably, and the confidence I needed to stop doubting my abilities.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think the hardest struggle along the way was my inner critic: convincing myself things weren’t going as well as I wanted them to because I didn’t deserve them to, or because I wasn’t good enough at my job. My advice to anyone starting out is to take the rough with the smooth. You will run into obstacles, but don’t let them break you. Hang in there and keep working hard, ESPECIALLY when things get tough, and make sure you have a good support system cheering you on!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with K.A. Counseling – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I’m a therapist (licensed associate counselor, or LAC). I work with adults, couples, and teens. I specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Rogerian or person-centered therapy, and experiential therapy. The most important thing to me is that my clients feel heard, validated and accepted. I work with them to adjust their thinking patterns to improve their quality of life, help them gain insight into themselves, and give them tools to use when times are tough. I think what sets me apart from others is that I often check in with clients to ensure I am meeting their expectations as their therapist and that they are continuing to get positive things out of our sessions. The relationship I have with my clients is my top priority- if the relationship isn’t working, the client’s issues probably are not improving either.

What advice would you give to someone at the start of her career?
The most important piece of advice I could give to a young woman just starting her career is to know your strengths and use them. Starting out, it was incredibly intimidating for me having minimal experience and knowing there were probably 20 other therapists in the area with years under their belt. I had to kind of ask myself, “what is going to make a client choose me of all people?” Finding the answer to that question and learning my own strengths not only helped me get to where I am today, but it also increased my confidence and self-esteem in the process.

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