We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Galinis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laura, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Just like physical balance, my work life balance is something I find just to lose again. It’s a constant journey to try and find the elusive balance that feels glorious for the fleeting moments I find it, only to have something inevitably throw it off again. I’ve come to appreciate that balance is a constant exercise, and one that constantly changes as my priorities and responsibilities change. As a therapist, I really value being available for clients if something unexpected arises and they need added support. At the same time, in order to promote autonomy in clients and prevent burnout for myself, I do find the need to set limits on myself when it comes to answering calls, checking texts, and responding to emails outside of the time I spend with clients in session. I find this more of a challenge for myself than for clients, as it requires a kind of self discipline to intentionally step away from my work role as a therapist in order to free up space for the other areas of my life. I operate at my best when I allow myself to spend my energy in various ways, rather than getting lost in one passion or facet of my life.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
After starting my career working in treatment centers, I opened my private mental health practice in 2017. I loved my work within the treatment center, there is something incredibly rewarding about seeing clients day in and day out. When clients see you everyday, they’ll make a point to come share things that they would be unlikely to call or text you about outside of session time. But, I started wanting to continue my work with clients after they left treatment, envying the therapists who would get to do some of the deeper more long-term work. This is ultimately what led me into private practice. I love the freedom and flexibility to meet clients where they are, and follow the pace that works for them. In many ways the client and I can make up our own rules to make sure their treatment is exactly what they need.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Atlanta has so many incredible spots, it almost feels cruel to pick just one. From time on the Chattahoochee connecting with nature, to a walk along the Beltline soaking in the energy of the city, there’s an activity for every mood. I love exploring some of the many hiking trails throughout the city, it’s a great way to reconnect with friends and get some fresh air.
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?
Jenna and Chad Scearce are a wife and husband team, who, along with their business partner Clay, have opened 4 Pure Barre Studios in the North Atlanta area within the past year – even during COVID. Their such a dynamic duo and their energy can be felt in and out of the studios.