We had the good fortune of connecting with Nili Askari and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nili, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
One of the biggest habits that I feel as though has helped me on my road to success has been being okay with making mistakes. I have changed my narrative of looking at my mistakes as failures, instead I have always looked at it as what is the lesson that I have learned from this. I have also adopted the habit of making sure I don’t let anyone cross the boundaries that I have obtained for myself, no matter what part of my life it occurs: work, home, and relationships.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am not sure I would say the road to becoming a therapist is easy, I feel like there have been more challenges along the way because of how intense the licensing process is. What really helped me get past the challenges was facing my fears I had along the way of “not going my way.” In 2020, I had the opportunity to open up a private practice with other colleagues, but then the pandemic leaving the question of how to keep a private practice running during such hard times. This made me even more motivated to come up with new ways to continue seeing my clients. I switched my clients to tele-health therapy and started being able to be there for them in a convenient way. My approach to therapy is focusing on the present and working alongside clients to obtain the goals they have in order to implement a balance between emotional, social and physical dimensions to improve their quality of life and wellbeing. I have also made it my mission to break the stigma of mental health and normalizing getting help.
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 I had my best friend visiting Orange County, I would start with having a beach day at Laguna Beach, we would get food from La Sirena and walk down to Montage area for a picnic. I would then take them to Disneyland for another adventure day, of course! I would also take them to Philz coffee for some yummy coffee and treats.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The biggest shoutout for my success would have to go to my family and friends who have pushed me to continue with my dreams and also never letting me give up. Throughout my career there has been ups and downs with getting to where I am now, and without their support and showing me love, I would never be where I am today. Another group would also be my teachers who turned to mentors along the way. Some of the biggest obstacles I went through were during school and since high school, I have had people within my degree that have helped me tremendously to look at my potential within and excel in what I am truly passionate about.