We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Pollock and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melissa, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most profound factor in my successful private practice is my commitment to taking excellent care of myself. Any time that I have “pushed through” or put my personal needs aside for the business has come back to haunt me. I’ve learned that the only way to a sustainable feeling of success is the way in which I prioritize myself in my life. I am not my work or my business, and yet both flow effortlessly when I take time to focus on not being productive, of doing gentle movement, of taking breaks intuitively not just the ones scheduled. Ultimately, successful therapy means that clients feel relief and well in their lives –and I know that as a therapist, if I commit to doing these for myself, I model and emit true wellness.
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.
In my private practice, Melissa Pollock Intentional Therapy, I am living out some of my own greatest dreams. I have the freedom of self-employment, of setting my own standards, and in many ways doing whatever I want. What I want, and what I do, is provide high-quality therapy and attunement from an approach that is grounded in evidence-based practice and holistic wisdom. While it comes with anticipated challenges, the most important thing to overcome was my own self-doubt. I provide therapy, supervision, meditation sessions, and workplace wellness packages –but mainly the value I bring is my Self.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love driving to Torrey Pines for hiking or simply the drive and possibly snag a spot in front of the ocean. This was the first place in San Diego I went when I moved here and it always brings awe. We always take family and friends to the main touristy spots, my usual places are La Jolla Shores, Balboa Park (the Zoo!), Old Town, Ballast Point Brewery. For the full SoCal experience I take friends to Cafe Gratitude downtown. I love the shops and vibe in Ocean Beach, especially the farmer’s market!
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?
My family have always been my biggest supporters. My mother, Patricia Meyer. My husband, Jonathan. And my boys: Wesley, Gerald, and Clover