We had the good fortune of connecting with Sade Ferrier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sade, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I specifically chose my career path because work/life balance it was very important to me to actually be able to enjoy the life that I’m living. In fact, part of my core values as a licensed marriage and family therapist and dating coach is “intimacy.” Intimacy is the fullness of being connected emotionally, physically, and spiritually. You just can’t do that without allowing yourself a healthy balance of time and priorities.
I know I’m in a state of balance when I am able to be 100% present to care for my clients, and also “water” some of my other personal needs (like investing in professional growth, exercising and taking fitness classes, being social with friends, having time for spiritual focus).
I used to be obsessed with the grind of working, but I just don’t believe in that anymore. Being in a consistent state of striving doesn’t produce the quality of life that I want. And I can honestly say that I’m not “falling behind” even if I decide to take a few hours to watch TV or take a weekend to visit close friends.
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.
My work as a therapist and coach offers a unique lens into the relational issues that singles and couples are facing these days. I’m all about the slow-burn type of intimacy, like a candle – instead of the instant gratification, fireworks type of romances that we’re often taught to expect or desire.
I am most excited about sex therapy – which is therapy specifically for sexual dysfunctions and intimacy issues to help reinvigorate a stale or frustrating intimate life. I often get to work with couples that have a faith background who are having trouble dealing with some religious shame around their sexuality.
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?
So, I don’t do many exciting things in Atlanta, but I would definitely introduce an out-of-town friend to the latin dancing scene in Atlanta. It is such a vibrant, close-knit community; and even if you don’t go dancing very often, you’ll see many of the same faces. Shoutout to Pasofino dance studio, Dancing 4 Fun, and Pasofino dance studios. They often host socials for bachata, salsa and merengue dancing at spots like Sanctuary, Taverna Plaka, and more.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my community. These are all personal friends and colleagues that have always been willing to roll up their sleeves and indulge my questions of, “so, tell me what you think about this idea…” We really are so much stronger when we have a personal support system behind us.
Professionally, I was also able to go through a group coaching program for wellness professionals called The V.I.D.A. System, a latinx and female-owned company based in Los Angeles, CA. It was refreshing to be part of a multicultural group of bosses who had similar journeys and ambitions as me.
Other: Subscribe to the My Intimacy Therapist Podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Podchaser.