Why We Love Counseling (And You Should, Too!!)
Love and relationships should be simple, but WE ALL could conjure a story on how complicated they can get. We probably even share similar stories on situations, but how we handled it probably differs. Sometimes a cry session with a tub of ice cream doesn’t help. So what do you do? Talk about it. Better yet talk to Paula Lenard. Through her business Paula Lenard Counseling, Paula takes being a Psychotherapist to another level. She has a true passion for helping people, especially ones that struggle with relationships, and it shows. It takes a special person to make it their mission to connect with others on a positive level. That is why we have deemed Paula Lenard the Queen of Relationships.
What inspired you to start your business and why?: I've always had a way of connecting with people. Having an hour long conversation with a stranger in a bathroom is not unusual for me. I think being a Psychotherapist is just in my blood. Meeting people and learning their story, their journey is intriguing to me.
As a Psychotherapist, I work with clients who struggle in the area or relationships. My clients consist of individuals who find themselves in and out of love, continuously attracting the wrong kind of mate, or working on personal growth (self-esteem, knowing their worth).
I also see clients who are contemplating divorce / in the divorce process and post-divorce. Last but not least, I work with clients on how to be a stellar co-parent.
What does your company stand for?: My company stands for helping someone feel light, happy and whole again so they may be the best version of themselves, and as a result raise kids who resemble that same happy and wholeness.
How do you create the life you want?: I create the life I want by making sure I take care of myself. Self-care is significant and most of us focus on our kids, our mates, our jobs, etc. But the simple truth is, if we don't take care of ourselves then it shows up in all our relationships with all of those we are trying to take care of. Taking care of yourself can be a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For me personally taking care of myself comes in the form of yoga, reading a good book, a hot cup of tea, prayer, a mani and pedi, and I just started meditating. So I create the life I want by taking care of me.
Where do you find inspiration?: I find inspiration almost on a daily basis just simply connecting with others. Probably my biggest inspiration of all is my oldest son. He's 26 years old and he himself is an entrepreneur in the Real estate Investment arena. Every single night we talk and have an "accountability meeting". I absolutely love this. We chat about what we did that day. What went well? Was there a goal? Did we meet that goal? What prevented us from meeting that goal? What are our plans for tomorrow? This keeps me and my son connected and we both look forward to the conversation. He's always been my inspiration and at 26 he still inspires me on a daily basis. We both push each other daily in our fields, and we agree to never make a "Plan B" because that means we don't have confidence that our "Plan A" will work.
How has your business made you a better person?: My business makes me a better person because on a daily basis I get the privilege of working with amazing clients to help them find hope even when they feel their situation is hopeless.
What makes you HUMAN?: Simply caring about others, and caring whether you make or break their day. This is huge. The way you handle situations says so much about your character. You can be at a restaurant and return your meal because it wasn't prepared to your liking, but how you handle that return says so much about you. Be kind. It's significant.
Social Media Handles: Facebook: @plenardcounseling