We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlotte Haigh, LMFT, and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Charlotte, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always had an independent streak and have been drawn to doing things differently than what is considered to be “typical.” Even my journey to become a therapist was a bit unconventional – I started my career at a public relations agency and decided to leave the corporate world to follow my passion of helping others… right after I had been promoted! Once I began to gain clinical experience at group private practices and community mental health agencies, I noticed that the conventional ways that my employers approached mental health care didn’t exactly fit the unique needs of my clients. I began to get more creative with the types of approaches that I use to help clients, integrating elements ranging from neuroscience to Human Design to astrology. I found myself yearning for more freedom to work with clients in a way that I felt really catered to THEM rather than to health insurance providers’ conceptualizations of mental health diagnoses. So I started my own private practice in the summer of 2020, and it has been growing organically ever since.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My brand mantra is “Human First, Therapist Second.” This focus on being an actual human being is one thing that sets me apart from many other therapists. While psychotherapy training is still very geared towards being a “blank slate” and not giving up any information about yourself to clients, I have seen firsthand how that can create a hierarchy within treatment and can actually get in the way of authentic connection. Being a human is challenging and I’m the first to admit that I struggle too sometimes. I think it is my intimate relationship with struggle that has made me a better therapist. If sharing something vulnerable about myself will help my client and won’t disrupt a boundary, I will often share it. I will also use humor and show my personality in sessions. I don’t pretend to be a blank slate – because no one is. Another factor that sets me apart is my openness to incorporate a wide variety of approaches that I feel will be beneficial for my clients. This can include spirituality (I personally am drawn to concepts from Tibetan Buddhism), Human Design (I’m a Manifesting Generator), and astrology (I’m an Aries sun, Gemini rising, Leo moon).

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.
I love the outdoors and live close to Griffith Park, so any visit from a friend usually includes a hike up to the Griffith Observatory. If it’s the summer then we are also definitely going to the beach! Venice, Santa Monica or Malibu are my favorite areas to lay out a towel, play some beach volleyball, and watch the sunset. I just got certified as a yoga instructor through Sweat Yoga, so we would take a hot yoga class at their West Hollywood or Santa Monica studio. As you can tell, I’m quite active – which means I work up a mean appetite! So after all of this activity we’d eat at Ka’teen, an amazing Yucatan-inspired Mexican restaurant that’s fairly new to Hollywood. Some of my other favorite restaurants include Cafe Gratitude in Venice, Milo + Olive in Santa Monica, and Bacari in Silver Lake. I also always love a trip to the Getty museum and catching live music at the Greek Theatre or The Hollywood Bowl.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I really believe in the power of community and could give so many shoutouts! I’ll start with my mother, who is also a licensed therapist. She has been a huge supporter of mine since day one – literally. I also have an amazing community of friends and fellow therapists who have held space for me when I needed support and encouraged me to keep moving towards my visions and dreams. Last but not least – there are so many authors who have written incredible books that I sometimes felt were talking directly to me. Some examples include Glennon Doyle, Brené Brown, Pema Chödrön, and Eckhart Tolle. They are a huge part of my support system even if they don’t know it!

Website: https://www.charlottehaigh.com/

Instagram: @therapywithcharlotte

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlotte-haigh-b315573a/

Twitter: @therapywithchar

Image Credits
Lisa Jovicic

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