We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtnie Ledet and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtnie, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work life balance has always been pivotal in my life even before becoming a therapist. Daily I preach the importance of self care and an important part of that is ensuring that you give yourself the time you need for a personal life outside of work. Now, I can admit at the beginning stages of opening my practice I was not always practicing what I preached. However, I was able to find my way back to a healthy work life balance. I make sure that I give myself a cut off time daily to stop working and what isn’t done gets transferred to the next days to-do list, I make time for family and friends because that always gives me a boost. Lastly, I dedicated my Sunday’s to what I call self care Sunday! I only do things that are fun and relaxing on Sundays.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I opened The Green Couch Counseling Services in September of 2019. It was truly and currently remains a labor of love. While going through the transition of opening my practice. I went through the learn as you go process. I really wanted to make sure that I made the best decisions and took the necessary steps for success. Every day I made it a point to research and consult with peers and my mentor. Through this process it has strengthened my identity as a business woman and effective therapist. I consider myself a modern therapist. My clients know that I am a real person and I am not immune to what every day people go through. My goal is to connect with my clients and build a solid rapport. I believe that is when the true work can be begin. I thoroughly enjoy being a therapist.
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.
First off, Houston is the best city in Texas! I would definitely do brunch in midtown and dinner in the galleria area. Bike riding downtown to see the street graffiti, museum district, and thrift shopping on Westheimer and Harwin. Of course I have to take them to some Houston staples, Frenchy’s and the screw house.
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?
I want to first thank my mother who allowed me as a teenager to sit with her in her classes while she attained her Master’s degree in counseling. I believe that was the catalyst in my growing desire to pursue a career in the mental health field. I also would like to thank my previous LPC supervisor turned current mentor (Sherell Hebert, LPC-S) who took me under her wing and has never let me go. My father ((Noah Ledet) and brother (Thaddeus Ledet) for continuing to support and motivation. Lastly, my wonderful friends (Stacy Allen, Erica Lewis, Jenna Hearn, Britiney Hartwell, Jessica Pierre, Carisa Baity, and Ceon Lamar) for the countless laughs and support.