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

Hi Kelly, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work-life balance is something I talk about often with clients and similarly reflect on in my own life on a regular basis. My work-life balance is constantly in flux based on pressures and needs at home versus those in running the business and seeing clients. Prior to having children, it wasn’t unusual for me to work 70+ hour weeks. Now, with two young daughters, creating a schedule that works for staying actively involved with them while continuing to support the practice as it grows is a challenge. Not to mention making time for self-care. Still, when there isn’t a balance between the two, it often leads to burnout and fatigue. Longer-term burnout can contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety. I like to think about finding this balance in the same way a person might walk a tightrope. The process of staying balanced involves the constant assessment of each step and adjusting for change so you don’t fall. As needs in your personal life get more intense, it makes sense to limit time/energy at work—for example taking advantage of sick/vacation leave if you have it—so that you can redistribute some of your energy into home life or restoring yourself. Similarly, if work is hitting a particularly heavy time, you might speak to your partner about picking up some of the home duties or be compassionate with yourself if some things slip through the cracks because you’re devoting your attention to only the most important needs without becoming exhausted. Just as importantly, I think a gentle reminder to yourself (and myself!) is that you’re likely to struggle with finding a “perfect” work-life balance because there’s no such thing. It’s normal to feel as though something is off-kilter. That feeling is a really great cue to check in and adjust your balance based on what is currently going on in your life.

What should our readers know about your business?
One of the aspects that we as a group believe distinguishes us from others is our constant commitment to high-quality, evidence-based treatments for all clients. The practice is built on the founding principle that all people should be able to access the best available therapy. The Wellness Therapy team is trained to work with individuals from all walks of life and each of us brings our own unique histories and backgrounds to the group. This helps each of us connect with clients on an individual basis and teach our clients how to use their values as a tool to guide change and growth. I think its this foundational approach that helps each of us connect so well with our clients enabling each client to achieve their goals.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
With exception to going to the beaches, my favorite activity in San Diego is eating and I love it when I can combine the two! I’m a big fan of small neighborhood finds as much as the more well-known restaurants. For a day at the beach, I will always take an out of towner to Silver Strand at Coronado and might wrap the day up with a rooftop drink or bite to eat at Hotel Del Coronado. For a boardwalk experience, I enjoy walking along the shore at PB and cooling down with an ice cream sandwich from The Baked Bear. I absolutely love to visit La Jolla and stop at We Olive and Wine Bar for bread, oil, and amazing views of the ocean from their patio seating or grab delicious street-style tacos from Puesto. If staying closer to my neighborhood for the evening, I love to introduce people to my family’s favorite Mexican food place—Cali’s & Fries. And no trip to San Diego would be complete without visiting Balboa Park and the Gaslamp district for walking, sightseeing, and of course grabbing more to eat!

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?
There is no chance I got to this place alone! I’ve been so fortunate to have support from many people in my life. My family is my biggest cheering section and they keep me checked into what’s most important on a daily basis. My team—Dr. Kristin Schwartz and Ebony Rice, AMFT—make showing up at work not only easy but incredibly enjoyable too. Their contributions to the practice are innumerable and keep the ship afloat and things running smoothly. We get the chance to learn from one another and support each other while having the pleasure of assisting clients through some of their most difficult times in life. Without the two of them, the practice would be nothing like it is today.

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