April is recognized as National Stress Awareness Month to bring attention to the negative impact of stress. I have the perfect expert to highlight during this important month.
Catherine Ladson is a licensed therapist, coach, and public speaker, who empowers individuals in their journey of healing and personal growth. As the Founder and CEO of FullScope Counseling Services, Catherine demonstrates visionary leadership in creating a space where individuals can find healing and growth. Her dedication to building a team of licensed therapists showcases her commitment to expanding access to quality mental health care.

What was the inspiration behind starting your practice?

Catherine: The inspiration behind starting my practice arises from a combination of personal passion, professional expertise, and a deep-seated desire to make a positive impact in the lives of women and promote holistic wellness and empowerment. My practice is a reflection of my values, experiences, and aspirations, and it serves as a platform for helping others navigate life’s challenges, embrace their potential, and thrive.

What makes your approach unique?

Catherine: My approach is characterized by its focus on women’s empowerment, the philosophy of ‘imperfect action’, holistic wellness perspective, the combination of therapy and coaching, client-centered and strengths-based approach, and your professional expertise. This unique blend of elements allows you to provide clients with a supportive, empowering, and transformative experience as they navigate their personal growth journey.

Do you believe in work-life balance? If so, how do you maintain it?

Catherine: Yes, I believe in the importance of work-life balance both for myself and for my clients. Maintaining work-life balance is crucial for overall well-being, preventing burnout, and sustaining long-term success in both professional and personal aspects of life.

Here are some strategies I practice to maintain work-life balance:

1. Establish clear boundaries between work and personal life

2. Prioritize tasks and responsibilities based on their importance and urgency. Learn to say no to activities or commitments that don’t align with your priorities or contribute to your overall well-being.

3. Prioritize self-care activities that nurture my physical, mental, and emotional well-being – this includes hobbies, travel, spending time with loved ones, or simply taking time to rest and recharge.

4. Explore options for a flexible work schedule that accommodates my personal needs and preferences. This includes adjusting my work hours, working remotely, or creating a schedule that allows for regular breaks and time off.

5. Regularly assess my work-life balance and make adjustments as needed. I pay attention to signs of burnout or imbalance, such as increased stress, fatigue, or decreased motivation, and take proactive steps to address these issues before they escalate.

What’s your best piece of advice for aspiring and new entrepreneurs?

Catherine: “Embrace Imperfection and Take Action: In both entrepreneurship and personal growth, waiting for perfection can be a roadblock to progress. Understand that imperfection is part of the journey and taking imperfect action is often better than waiting for the perfect moment. Don’t let fear of failure or perfectionism hold you back. Instead, take small steps forward, learn from your experiences, and adjust the course as needed. Remember, it’s through imperfect action that we learn, grow, and ultimately achieve success.”

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