We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Newton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started my own business for freedom. I had worked in the mental health field in various agencies and felt cramped by the limitations that were put on me. I have always been little outside the box in how I manage my time, and I really wanted the freedom to create a schedule that worked for me. That was really my driving force. I am a vary fast, efficient person. I wanted to create a schedule that allowed me to work at a pace that felt productive and efficient, and allowed me the flexibility to take care of personal tasks that needed to be attended to, also.
What should our readers know about your business?
I own a private practice therapy business. I specialize in infertility, pregnancy, and parenthood for individual and couples therapy. Much of the work I do focuses on relationship skills coaching, strength and resiliency building, and self compassion. I am equal parts warm and soft while also being honest and confronting. I built my business from renting an office space 1 day per week, with zero client, to thriving in a full practice and providing supervision to associate therapists in my practice. I have always jumped first, then filled in the necessary details behind me. This has not been an easy journey. I have faced a lot of challenges, including many different flavors of self doubt and self criticism. I am not immune from feeling these things! I have overcome and grown at every crossroad by staying really grounded in myself and what I know to be true. When I am faced with a big decision I spend time meditating, reflecting, and checking in with my intuition. So far it has not sent me in the wrong direction. Growth often isn’t easy, though. It is accompanied by discomfort and instability. Trusting in yourself and your process is an important factor in being able to grow and move forward and improve your surroundings (just like the work I do in therapy with my clients).
I hold myself and others to a high standard. I do the same for my clients. I think it has been a factor in allowing people to grow into themselves. When we have high standards, we grow into it. It is not about filling that fantasy perfectly, but in becoming more than what we were. This is reflected in my brand, and it is a reflection of myself.
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.
First we would grab coffee from HiFi Espresso (Redondo) and hit up some hiking trails in Palos Verdes. There are some amazing views! For lunch we would head to The Point in El Segundo for some good food at one of the many restaurants, and some shopping in the retail stores. An afternoon at the beach in Redondo would be next. My fun restaurant picks would be: The Source Cafe (Hermosa and Manhattan), True Food Kitchen (El Segundo), Rock N Fish (Manhattan), and Wildflower Cafe (Redondo). Beaches: anywhere form Redondo to Manhattan. Shops: Good Love (Redondo), Madewell (El Segundo). I would also add some self care like a holistic facial at Ritual Skin and Soul (Redondo).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The only way I have been successful in my business is with a ton of support people. My husband has always encouraged me to try new things, take leaps of faith, and to invest in myself in many ways. My family has really supported me along the way and provided listening ears during growth phases. I could not do this without an army of people behind me.
Rivka Leah (Selfimage Photography) Trish Olivera (The Bohohouse)