Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Beattie.
Hi Brittany, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Picture it: I’m 5 years old in Kindergarten and it is my turn to answer “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I responded with, “I want to go to the WNBA”. I mean what else was I supposed to say? I liked Basketball and none of the careers that were pictured or said by my classmates piqued my interest.
I actually held on to this dream for years until I realized that my love for the sport of Basketball dwindled and that it was just something that became a part of my identity and what was expected of me. What did I enjoy? Helping people, listening to people, trying to understand their stories and behaviors. So by my senior year of high school, I changed my goal to become a psychologist or a family therapist.
And here I am, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor working in my own private practice helping women navigate life’s transitions and work through depression and anxiety. Whether they are grappling with their identity after a milestone such as graduating college, entering young adulthood, marriage, entering motherhood, or managing the demands of motherhood, I am passionate about what I do and I love it here.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been a smooth road. In fact, I have wanted to give up several times. I’ve dealt with doubting myself, questioning my talent and techniques, staying up late reading books to perfect my craft, continuing education and professional development which is costly, all while becoming a mother myself, practicing work/life alignment, learning how to run a business, and of course navigating a pandemic.
However, I have a great support system and I often remind myself of one of my favorite quotes spoken by Muhammad Ali “I hated every minute of training but I said ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion”. While I don’t hate any aspect of what I go through and I don’t believe that I am suffering, it is challenging but I believe it is worth it.
I believe in what I am doing. I believe in what I am capable of.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am the owner of Blossom Forward, LLC, a mental health counseling practice servicing women. I help women find and maintain their identity while in motherhood and within interpersonal relationships. Often, women lose their identity in motherhood, as they blossom into adulthood, or in their interpersonal relationships which then manifests itself into depression and anxiety.
I often hear “I’m not me. This isn’t me” or “I don’t even know what I even like anymore”. I have specialized training in working with women who are experiencing postpartum mood and anxiety disorders such as postpartum depression. As a NICU mom, the experience of a traumatic pregnancy and birth changed my outlook on mental health, motherhood, and life.
That experience not only shaped me personally but professionally as well. I lead with connection, empathy, and the belief that my clients are the experts in their life they just need me to help them blossom into who they are meant to be.
Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
My advice for anyone who is just starting out is to keep going. The road is tough and the journey is often not linear but please keep going. It is okay to slow down or pivot but if you believe that what you are doing is in alignment with who you are meant to be, just continue on the path.
Eventually, you will get there and through the journey, you will gather the necessary knowledge to sustain you at your destination and propel you forward to the next destination.
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