We had the good fortune of connecting with Latisha O’Connor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Latisha, what do you attribute your success to?
I think the most important factor behind my success is grit. I set a goal and I grind away until it’s achieved. I am passionate and persistent about showing up in my commitments, big and small, and following through on goals.
I got where I am today because I hustled and, to be fair, in the past few years I had a kickass partner cheering me on and supporting me. I utilized every free moment the past year, while juggling a toddler, to get training and education, build a website, do social media, attend webinars, blog, network, join mental health directories, connect with my community, study and pass the PMH-C exam, and a million other things one does in a shop of one. Some days it was a nightmare while other days it felt effortless. Progress, no matter how small, is still progress and I kept chipping away toward my goals. Today, I get to do the work I love out of two practices and it’s pretty awesome.
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.
I am a psychotherapist, aka therapist/counselor, by way of clinical social work training. I specialize in perinatal mental health and working with veterans and military families. I am especially drawn to doing work around trauma.
One thing that sets me apart from others is the background I bring with me into psychotherapy. I’ve been in the military, divorced, lived bicoastal and in Europe, deployed, worked in corporate America, and earned a MBA all before becoming a psychotherapist. I am proud of my multipotentialite past and find it’s helpful in creating connection with clients. The quality of the relationship between client and therapist is the strongest predictor of whether or not therapy is successful, so connection really matters. I’m excited when a client finds I am the right provider to create and host a safe therapeutic space for them to do hard work. It’s powerful, life changing, and in some cases life saving.
I guess as a therapist I’m a brand, but that feels sort of icky to see myself this way. Regardless of the job I am in, I’ve always had a desire to be of service and my leadership style is that of a servant leader. I care deeply about people, communities, and connection. If I can have an impact, even a small one, that’s pretty exciting and that fuels my work.
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.
That’s a tough one to answer since the past year has looked very different due to the pandemic. However, I can say that I would like visitors to enjoy my community as much as I do. When friends visit me in Los Angeles, it’s more about connecting and catching up, not so much doing activities and being on the go. We’d eat and drink at the local places I enjoy like the recently opened Lawless Brewery in North Hollywood. Two places I adore are Hank’s Bagels and Lou, The French on the Block, both in Burbank/Toluca Lake. In the past, when friends have visited we’ve walked Lake Hollywood Reservoir to enjoy nature, get our bodies moving, and snap a picture of the Hollywood sign. There’s also the obligatory Griffith Observatory visit and if we’re feeling really motivated, maybe a trek to the beach. When my sister-in-law was visiting from Georgia, we managed to visit many of the Frank Lloyd Wright houses. I also highly recommend LetterPress Chocolate in Culver City for a tour, tasting, or to load up on deliciousness. It’s not only freaking amazing and ethically sourced chocolate, but also owned and operated by my two dear friends who happen to be the first friends I made after moving to Los Angeles in 2012.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people and organizations that have supported me in getting where I am today. However, the person who comes to mind first, is my partner. My grit and his support are a fantastic team. I wish everyone had someone in their life as supportive as him.
Other: I am listed in the following directories: Postpartum Support International, Birth & Trauma Support Center, TherapyDen, and Psychology Today.