We had the good fortune of connecting with Annie Varvaryan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Annie, what do you attribute your success to?
There are many essential factors when it comes to success so it is hard to narrow it down to only one. But when reflecting on the progress we have made at Couch Conversations Psychotherapy and Counseling, Inc., the biggest factor that comes to mind is consistency. Being consistent by showing up to the mission of our practice, to the clients that we serve, and the surrounding community, we have been able to make strides. I think this goes for personal life as well, not just with running a business or a practice. Being consistent with something you want to accomplish will inevitably get you closer to that goal.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It is not an easy road to dedicate a large chunk of your time and energy to a 6-year journey of becoming a psychologist. Starting out, everything is so new and you are consuming as much as you can to get caught up with all of the information. That takes a lot of time and energy as it is but it is not even the hardest part. The challenge is putting all of the education you are learning in theory into practice with actual clients. It is a scary journey, but also a rewarding one to say the least which is a big motivating factor. Once you think you have the hang of things, there is always a new situation to challenge you. Since 2020, the biggest challenge has been navigating clinical care in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. However, being consistent, persistent, and showing up for others is one of the biggest ways we can show up for others during times of need. Our practice is built around provide quality, customized care that is tailored to each specific client that we treat; not a treatment that is used for anyone regardless of age, gender, racial background, cultural background, etc.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Everyone has a different definition of a good time. If a friend came to visit, I would probably show them around Glendale, CA which is close to where our practice office is located. Every Sunday, there is a Farmer’s Market in Montrose, CA. There are great restaurants ranging from sushi, to Mexican to Italian cuisine. I would likely show them a variety of coffee shops in the area. There is a great one called Toasted that opened up in Montrose recently that makes great iced lattes.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A big part of our journey in becoming licensed therapists, psychologists or mental health practitioners has to do with the education and initial training that we receive. The biggest shoutout I have is to all of the supervisors who provided that nurturance and support necessary to get to this point. Without the guidance of those self-less supervisors who dedicate their careers to training students, it would be impossible to accomplish as much as we could. So shoutout to all of the psychologists who trained me to get to this point!