We had the good fortune of connecting with Esther Rosales, LMFT and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Esther, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I had always worked full-time for non-profit agencies or in hospital settings, and every now and then I would do contract work. I really enjoyed the flexibility the contract work afforded me. Not only as it related to time and setting my own hours, but more specifically in the flexibility it offered me in being able to be more creative with the settings I saw patients in, the modalities and overall work-life balance. I started my private practice by offering walk-therapy. I would meet my clients at the beach and we would walk and talk, it was phenomenal. I saw the benefit it had on the clients and how much more I enjoyed doing something that I already loved. As my practice grew, it wasn’t sustainable for me to keep up with all walk-therapy clients and I opened my first office in Montebello and the about two years later a second location in Long Beach.
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?
This question always makes me smile and giggle on the inside, because I have been incredibly blessed with being able to do an array of things as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I started my private practice doing walk-therapy in Long Beach & Manhattan Beach. A few months after starting that I met Dr. Moreno at Monty’s Ranch in Santa Barbara where we were both volunteers with Monty’s Horse clinics for VETS and their families. He invited me to join him in his office in Montebello, I had no idea where Montebello was, I remember the first time I drove out there I thought it was the LONGEST drive ever. I swore I was never going to come back again, yeah I was there for almost 4 years! A year ago, I opened a second office in Long Beach, I wanted to be closer to home. Today I have taken my practice on the road and have spent all of 2021 living/traveling in different states in Mexico.
Aside from my practice I am also one of the Mental Health experts for Univision 34, Noticias 52, and Televisión Azteca in Los Angeles. I facilitate workshops for women. Have collaborated in weekly Love & Relationship radio segments with 96.3FM and 910AM in Los Angeles and with the L.A. Times en Esapnol. I have a partnership with Providence Little Company of Mary and the Lawndale Unified School District where I create content for parents, specifically as it related to the pandemic this last year. I say yes to almost every invitation I receive to speak, be interviewed or collaborate in for non-profit organizations. I absolutely LOVE being a therapist and have a heart full of gratitude for everyone who believes in my message and continuously invites me to share my work on their platform.
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?
Oh my goodness! I love going out and we would start in San Pedro! I’d taker her to the Korean Bell, walk down to Point Fermin, Sunken City and end our day watching the sun set at Nelson’s in Terrenea. The next day we would go for a hike, go to the beach, have lunch on the Riviera and head out to DTLA for a roof top dinner and catch another sunset. We’d go to the Observatory, more beach, more hikes, and if there is a soccer game we’d head on over South LA and catch the LAFC do their thing, perhaps a Dodger game and a walk through Olvera Street, China Town, and visit a museum or two. Perch for dinner and or a brunch would also be a must. SOOOO much to do in LA!! She’d be one busy tourist! 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?
Wow, there have been so many people who have loved, supported, and believed in me, even during those times when I didn’t believe in myself. My parents, siblings, siblings-in-love, and as the eldest of 8 that means I’ve had a whole cheering squad on my sidelines. I have had mentors, friends, partners and colleagues who have all had a significant roles in my life in one way or another. Throughout every phase in my life God has put different people in my path who have in many ways encouraged, loved, supported and provided the space for me to soar with every crazy idea I’ve had. I have been so blessed to be one of those people who can pick up my phone and have someone I can call for advice, support, encouragement, etc., you name it I have someone on my phone I can reach out to. Every single person who has played a significant role in my life knows exactly who they are, I thank you and I love you.
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