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

Hi Claire, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk, defined as a situation involving exposure to danger, plays a significant role in our growth as individuals. Risk has played a major role in my life, both personally and professionally, and often comes up as a challenge that my clients face daily. As the Owner of Spot to Talk, a group that provides therapy to individuals and families, I often encourage my clients to think about their decisions and whether or not the risks outweigh the benefits of their decision.  When determining whether or not taking the risk is worth it, I personally reflect on the potentially worst possible outcome of the decision and whether it if that were to come true (no matter how small of a possibility). For example, I love to Scuba Dive. It is what I plan my travels around, what I spend most of my time away from work pursuing, but it is a passion that comes with a lot of risks. Even though the chances of getting attacked by a shark, running out of air, or getting left behind by the dive boat are rare, they are risks that I have to take into consideration on each dive. When I consider these risks, I find that the benefits of getting to explore the world of under the sea are worth those potential scenarios that could have disastrous outcomes. This example is one that I often use to connect with my clients when discussing risks that they are considering taking. When talking with teens about the philosophy of risk and helping them decide whether their decisions are worth following through with or not this example provides them with a way of approaching risks that encourages growth, but also assists them with developing a thought process of taking accountability. Not only does risk-taking offer us new opportunities, but it also forces us to recognize the responsibilities that come with making certain decisions. Taking risks is a rewarding experience and has allowed me to see parts of the world that I never imagined to experience, but it is always important to consider the potential negative consequences of making those decisions.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When I first started dreaming of creating a Mental Health practice, now known as Spot to Talk, I knew I wanted to develop a way to reach children, teens, and young adults in a manner that provided fewer barriers to treatment and an ability to advocate for their desire to access mental health care. Telehealth had slowly started to offer clients access to their therapist from the comfort of their own home, but there was minimal access for minors via telehealth. After making this observation, I knew I wanted to provide a platform specializing in providing children and teens access to mental health using telehealth. As Spot to Talk came closer to opening, COVID-19 started to become a more widely known disease, and more and more mental health practices were transitioning to telehealth. What I thought would be a factor that set Spot to Talk apart from otherswas no longer a unique characteristic of my business, but rather a widely used method of delivering mental health services. The transition to telehealth became a challenge as I needed to look for a new way to set us apart.  Because of this, I learned a valuable lesson: flexiblity as a business owner. Even though your original ideas may not go as planned, it is vital to stay true to your mission and find other ways to make your dreams come true. I am now pleased to share that Spot to Talk serves children, teens, and young adults in five different states and has made mental health accessible to individuals who would not have had access to a therapist otherwise.

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 would take them to Sunset Cliffs in La Jolla to overlook the sunset and then head into downtown La Jolla for dinner and drinks. From there, throughout the rest of the weekend, we would go to Little Italy and enjoy some authentic Italian food, go for a hike at Potato Chip Rock, and do some shopping in North Park. San Diego has an amazing restaurant scene, awesome hiking trails and of course beautiful beaches. A weekend simply wouldn’t be enough time to show them all of the amazing places in San Diego, but that’s the beauty of leaving them with wanting more to return to.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my former supervisor, Terri Fong LCSW, who provided me with years of supervision, mentorship, and general guidance in my career. Terri has been a pivitol member of my support team as I started as a young graduate student intern to opening my private practice, Spot to Talk. I cannot thank Terri enough for being an integral part of my development as a Mental Health Therapist and for continuing to guide me along the way of my professional development.

Website: www.SpotToTalk.com

Instagram: @spot_to_talk

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