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

Hi Kate, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
When I first started working in private practice, all of my energy was focused on work. I was always thinking about getting more clients, marketing myself, and building a schedule with maximizing my work hours as the central focus. A little over a year in, as I settle in to having an almost full case load of clients, I’ve had to completely shift my mentality. Showing up for my clients in the way they deserve means being incredibly intentional with my self care and boundaries. It’s required a lot more reflection and effort than I expected to figure out what balance means to me. Where I used to look at work life balance as a hot bath after work and down time on the weekends, I now realize that (at least for me) balance requires being mindful and intentional with my energy and time every single day, and being absolutely honest with myself about how much is both realistic and healthy to do in a day.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I came to realized I wanted to be a therapist, by being an anxious client. Like most peoples paths, mine was not always a smooth one, but I wouldn’t change anything about it. Having an anxiety disorder myself, it took years of therapy and hard work to get to a point where I feel truly happy and present. While I feel very satisfied and grounded where I am now, I still have anxious moments and days where I have to work at it harder than others. I think these experiences and this part of me make me a much better therapist, as I have sat where my clients have sat and have gone where I am asking them to go. I am able to connect with them and empathize with them on a human level, rather than just clinically.

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.
This is such a hard question!! If they were visiting in the summer, shooting the hooch (tubing on the Chatahoochee river) is a must. I would also probably take them to a braves game and show them around the Battery.

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?
This time in my career has been one of immense growth and many “firsts.”

Support and mentorship from my supervisor, Anna Kennedy, has been instrumental in helping me develop my professional identity and find confidence and joy in what I do. Seeing how far her patience and dedicated time to helping me learn has gone in my life has made me understand the importance of showing up with the same level of presence and intentionality with my own clients. To say I’m grateful to have wound up at Elevate is an understatement.

Website: www.elevatecounselingco.com

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