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

Hi Anna, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Our impact on the community on a large scale comes from empowering individuals to reach their own full potential, potential in relationships, being active community members, being the best they can be in their chosen profession ,and maximizing their own wide variety of individual contributions to society. We help people move towards being the best version of themselves, which impact the entire community. The butterfly effect. If we can help one person make changes in each of these areas of their own life, imagine how many people they will impact.

On a smaller scale, we make help the community better by helping the individuals in it feel better. By giving them the space to share and grow, they then hopefully go out into the world and share their positivity and hope.

Finally, we are hear to shout from the rooftops that we need to talk about our mental health. It is important. It is just as important as our physical health. And just because someone may be struggling, it does not mean that they are “crazy” or anything close to that. Having mental health struggles has been stigmatized and we are trying to break down those ideas. I recognize that I am biased, but I believe every single person in this world could benefit from a non-biased person to talk with. Often times things/ideas get muddled in our head, and we need to talk through it to really understand the thoughts and feelings. Mental health matters!

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?
My business is Elevate Counseling + Coaching. The main services we offer are individual therapy, life coaching, supervision for practitioners working towards licensure, and public speaking.

I believe what sets us apart from others is the team. We are a small team, however there is a huge focus on mentorship, leadership, and growth. I believe this makes our team special because this is more than a job, this is a career that each of us care about, and we each work on being the best version of ourselves so that we can show up for our clients. We believe in our mission and stick to our values, which then allows us to impact our community as a whole.

I also think that our holistic approach to therapy sets us apart from many other traditional group practices. Yes, mental health is incredibly important and that is what we focus on, but there are many factors that play into the state of someone’s mental health. We dive not only into emotions, but also put much emphasis. on nutrition choices, physical activity, sleep hygiene, support systems, and personal growth.

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.
I absolutely love the Marietta Square. I would do breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and dessert there! All of the food. I would probably go to brunch at Macs Chophouse. Lunch would for sure be at Thaicoon- sushi and Thai in the same spot! Dinner would be at Two Birds Taphouse. Dessert would be from Pie Bar and drinks would be from Glover Park Brewery. The square also has some adorable local shops. If we were there on a Saturday, we would go to the farmers market. We would for sure ride bikes and walk all around the square and the Mountain to River trail to get some exercise. Finally, there is always some kind of event happening at the square and it is usually very kids friendly. Could not speak more highly about the Marietta Square.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people that I need to shoutout because they have played such an integral part in my development. My husband is for sure first. He has always believed in my ability in this profession and he has encouraged me to think outside of the box and think big. To take risks, but also be smart in making decisions. He has taught me so much about business and potential.

Secondly, thank you to my parents. They get a huge shoutout for giving me the opportunity to explore career decisions and give me the opportunity for a higher education.

And I think the third shoutout should be to The Walker School. Specifically, the former Headmaster (Don) and former Upper School Head (Bob). They hired me with zero experience and they believed in me from day one. Without them, I would have never gotten my start in the world of psychology and their blind belief in my abilities gave me such confidence.

Website: www.elevatecounselingco.com

Instagram: @annankennedy

Image Credits
Blooming Images Ashley McClain

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