We had the good fortune of connecting with Rose Junie Abito and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rose Junie, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Living and working in LA for the last 10 years has reinforced my hustle mentality. Additionally, as a first generation Filipino-American, I was raised to constantly perform, to be the best, and to never bring shame to the family name. Filipinos are known to be hard working, multitaskers, and to put pride and dedication to their work. At the core of this work ethic is the Filipino obligation (to bring honor to parental wishes and needs).

Then came the pandemic: We were forced to be on lockdown and to slow down. The switch in my lifestyle was unbearable at first, but over time, I started to learn to balance my work and life. Fast forward to two and a half years later: We are back–in full swing– and finding that work-life balance has again become a bit of a challenge. I never seem to have enough time each day to fulfill the different roles I set upon myself. Yes, even a licensed therapist like myself struggles to maintain work-life balance as my group practice continues to grow.

Thankfully, I have developed this new mindset where I strive to be “good enough”. Did I perform “good enough” for today’s task? Was I a “good enough” supervisor, friend, partner? I found out that the “good enough model” has allowed me to give myself grace. I have become a better friend, colleague, and supervisor. I am also happily enjoying a healthy relationship with my partner. With the ongoing demands from my growing practice —along with my other responsibilities —-getting support from others has definitely become pivotal.. Knowing that I am surrounded by people whom I trust has allowed me to slow down. This has also allowed me to take time for myself (first and foremost) so that I can tend to others better. This thinking, I dare say, holds the key to a stable work life balance.

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?
Rose Junie Therapy is a group practice located in Belmont Heights, Long Beach, where the cultures are diverse. Thus, decolonizing therapy is the forefront of our practice. As a clinical team of licensed psychotherapists and associates from a variety of cultural backgrounds, we are very proud to provide culturally-centered psychotherapy services in different languages. This is what sets us apart from other practices, our approach to healing. Getting to where I am today has not been easy. I have met with so many challenges not just as a woman of color but as a first-time business owner. Thankfully, I had peers, mentors, and friends whose support had proved to be very valuable. Through these people (and my clients), my business has slowly gained recognition. I soon realized how it becomes a very small world when others know that you are good at your craft.I want people to know that we are not just a regular group practice. We aim to provide the highest level of care to our clients by understanding their history through their cultural lenses. We honor our client’s healing journey by helping them choose the healing processes they are most comfortable with. I want our brand to be known as the first of its kind: where your cultural roots are perceived as significant, beautiful and valuable. We are excited to help the community by making small changes in the way we relate to others–no matter what color–one therapy session at a time.

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?
Long Beach has been my home for about 10 years. I am truly a foodie at heart and love all things food in Long Beach. Sharing meals has been a staple in our Filipino culture. Thus, our itinerary would start at brunch, Starling Diner located in Belmont Heights (you can tell that I love all things that I can walk to). We would have their wonderful Crab Cake Benedict along with their berry mascarpone French toast (which is to die for!). After being carbed up we would head to Shoreline Village where we can enjoy the sun and walk by the water. I would make it a point to take them to the East Village Arts District to enjoy the art walk. Another must is the Retro Row where we can enjoy window shopping some vintage wares and vegan ice cream. A Duffy boat rental at Anchors away would be an imperative part of our plans as it is not a complete visit to Long Beach if you have not spent the day on the water. Lets not forgot to visit Re-Mix Long beach, a French Italian meets Filipino restaurant, where you can order take out for your day in the water.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to give a shout out to my fellow colleague and friend Stuart Kaplowitz. He has been a great support/mentor throughout the start of my group practice and the ongoing challenges of being a business owner. Stuart has created a wonderful support network for therapy practice owners in California- a facebook group where owners can share struggles, create a mentorship network and most importantly friendships.

Website: www.rosejunietherapy.com

Instagram: rose.junie_therapy

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rose-junie-a-b49974165/

Facebook: Rosalisa Junie Abito, LMFT

Other: Psychology Today: Rose Junie Abito https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/rose-junie-abito-emdr-intensives-long-beach-ca/401911

Image Credits
Kristin Eldridge Photography

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutLA is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.