We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Legault and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work life balance for not only a therapist but a therapist who owns their own practice/business is challenging. I am never really “off” even when I am in the mountains on my favorite vacation or at a family function. It has been a lot of trial and error to find the best ways to have balance and there have been many unsuccessful tries. I have found the most balance in setting clients up for success during off hours. Communication is key for me in most aspects of my work, and this is no different. On my off time I aim to be very present in the activity that I am engaging in, and if I find my mind wandering to work I make a note and come back to it during work time. Sometimes this turns into an intrusive thought and I have to ask myself “Is this important enough to disengage with what I am currently doing or can it wait?”
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My practice is different from others because the experience is about you, not about me the therapist. I have video games queued up in my lobby with a couch to hang out on. My office has VR headsets, video game consoles, and bean bag chairs in it. The office is meant to feel like a calm, relaxing, chill place to come into rather than a stuffy dark medical office that most of us are used to going in to. Invitation is a cornerstone of how I conduct therapy, so I want my office to be an extension of invitation so it feels though you want to be here, rather than you have to be.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If someone was coming to visit I would definitely want to take them to some of my favorite nerd spots or outdoor spots. I would definitely want to take them to Frank and Sons collectables, it is a warehouse full of vendors that are selling things from retro video games, to action figures, and collectable cards. We could go to Claremont and eat at Eureka burger which is one of my favorite places and then go to Lost Levels and A Shop Called Quest. I would have to take them to Handles in Upland for the best ice cream I have ever had, anytime someone comes to visit we usually end up at Handles. For some outdoor activities, hiking or taking a cruise in Mt Baldy or paddle boarding in the bay are must do’s when someone comes to visit as well. If it is winter time we are for sure going snowboarding as that is my all time favorite activity!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I could not be where I am today with my family, both chosen and blood. My family have always been my biggest cheerleaders and encourage every step of the way. I have the most supportive and loving wife as well and this journey would not have come into what it is today without her help. My chosen family hears me at my worst and at my best and always has something funny or loving to say no matter what the situation. Community is so important in a healthy life, and I cannot even imagine what this journey or life would be like without them.