We had the good fortune of connecting with Lizette Lopez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lizette, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
From experience in the field, I know that obtaining low-cost services in Spanish is not an easy task. I wanted to create a space where Spanish speaking people and other people of color could obtain low-costs services with a therapists who is trained in trauma and also focuses on culture. Being a fully virtual company allows me to accommodate peoples busy schedules and makes services more accessible to those who have difficulties with transportation. With creating my own mental health business, I am able to run sessions in my own style and with less wait and obstacles for clients.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Currently, my business is a one woman show. It is still a baby, only one year old. I believe that what sets my practice apart from others is that it is fully virtual and I have a big focus on culture, with most of my clients being mono-lingual Spanish speaking.

I am the most proud of the work that I do. I am honored and privileged to hear peoples stories and rewarded when I see clients meet their goals and make changes to better their lives.

I got to where I am, business-wise because I believed in myself and I am not shy to ask others for help. I reach out to people who have done the things I would like to do and lean on them for support along the way. It has not been easy at any point. I continue to overcome challenges by leaning on strong women for support and encouragement.

The lessons I have learned along the way are: 1) Create a professional support system early on, 2) Find a mentor who is already well established and ask them to take you under their wing, 3) Start your business as early on as possible, just go for it, and learn along the way.

What I want the world to know about me is that I have a book coming out in February 2022. The book is entitled “Santiago’s Daughter” and it is a personal account of being raised by a father with bi-polar disorder.

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 my best friend was visiting the area, we would spend some days in Long Beach riding bikes, checking out the plentiful bars, restaurants, and shows. We would spend some time at other beach cities such as Santa Monica, Redondo, or Venice. We would also check out Hollywood and do some of the typical tourist things then spend some time in Downtown catching a rooftop film or attending an event of some sort. We would end the trip by heading to a cabin in the Lake Arrowhead area. spending some time in nature and chatting by the fireplace. Overall, there are hundreds of places to eat and drink in the LA area, to be chosen based on how far you are willing to drive in traffic, how much you want to pay, if you would like a view or a show, or the most important, if they have unlimited mimosas at brunch! I am not much of a foodie so I stick to my usual favorites which are: Chicos Pizza from a local pizza parlor in the city where I grew up (Lynwood), King Taco (because I love their sopes de carne asada with green sauce), or Portos for amazing desserts, cakes, and coffee. For fun drinks and food I enjoy Hamburger Mary’s in Long Beach. And no trip to LA is complete without a long night of dancing and good drinks at my favorites Cana Rum Bar or La Descarga. In Long Beach, I enjoy Claire’s at the Museum on warm days for a good view and great food and any day at the Long Beach Shoreline Village for drinks, food, and nice strolls. Close to Long Beach, in San Pedro you can enjoy a huge tray of shrimp with toasty garlic bread and a hefty beer to water it all down. If you are catching a game, Yardhouse by the Staples center or you can’t go wrong with Buffalo Wild Wings. If you just feel like snacking, La Michoacana for a good paleta or anything on the menu, really. Oh, let’s not forget, some delicious mariscos from El Viejon (also in Lynwood) or Mariscos Choix for live Banda and a great michelada. And last but not least, a molten cake from Chili’s.

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 would like to dedicate this shoutout to my madre. The woman who was always home to get me ready for school, always there to pick me up after with a hot meal ready at home. The woman who is the kindest and most caring person I have ever met. And most importantly, the woman who believes I can do and accomplish anything, without any doubts in her mind. Te amo, mama.

Website: www.ehwspa.org

Instagram: @lizettelopezLMFT

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizettelopez/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizettelopezlmft

Other: https://latinxtherapy.com/therapists/lizette-lopez-lmft/

Image Credits
Photo cred: Luis (Tito) Soto, Nathan Bero

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