We had the good fortune of connecting with Molly Neyland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Molly, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
An anonymous British graffiti artist, known as Banksy, stated, “They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing, and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.” Since I heard this, it has shifted my perspective on what leaving a legacy means. I no longer hold value in wanting people to remember me as a person, my name, and my accomplishments. I have found importance in how my career as a therapist can fulfill the new meaning I have of leaving a legacy. I believe that therapy can provide a change in one person that then can affect generations thereafter. I want my legacy to be one that continues on exponentially, rather than the life expectancy of my name. My legacy is intertwined with the gift of therapy and the infinite effect it can have on the world. If I define it in this way, my legacy has no lifespan.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor that runs a private practice called Emerald Counseling, PLLC. I am the owner and founder of the practice. I provide mental health counseling services through therapy. I currently work both virtually and in-person, based on client preference and need. I am most proud of being able to open a private practice so early on in my career. This is always how I envisioned being a therapist- having and decorating my own office space, seeing the clients that I am best suited for, and setting my own schedule. In order for me to open up my own private practice, I first had to make sure I had the financial ability to do so. Once that was determined, I began researching what was required to open and operate a practice. After careful consideration and planning, I knew it was the right time to start the business. I would not necessarily say it was easy, but I was determined. I knew in my gut that this is what God had planned for me, and that is what gave me the strength and will-power to keep going. This journey of starting my own business has shown me that dreams and hopes are worth taking risks for. Self-doubt will always be there and there will always be reasons to not do something. But it is worth it and failure is still a step in the right direction. I want people to know that I genuinely love what I do as a therapist. My hope is that Emerald Counseling provides a place where people can feel that their voice is heard since every person has a story worth telling. My goal at Emerald Counseling is that you have the space to discover yourself, feel understood, and move towards healing.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First and foremost, if you are in Houston and love sports, you must attend an Astros game. Grab yourself a hotdog and beer and enjoy the best team in baseball. If you are looking for places to eat, I would recommend Backstreet Cafe, Island Grill, Superica, Ninfa’s in EaDo (east downtown), Hugo’s, Songkran, Tiny Boxwoods or Tiny’s No. 5, Stanton’s City Bites, the Brisket House, and Taste of Texas. If you are looking for places to hangout/drink, check out Karbach Brewing Co., the Rustic, Axelrad, Truck Yard, Down the Street, Pitch 25, Cottonwood, and Cedar Creek. I also love to just sit and enjoy the day at Eleanor Tinsley Park. If you are in Houston, there are endless things to do!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be where I am today without my parents. My mom and dad have been with me every single step of the way. This seems like an obvious statement, but I know not everyone has this lived experience of their parents showing true unconditional love. I am forever grateful for what they have done for me and the opportunity they have given me to live out my dreams. I am really not sure how I got so lucky with the family that I have, but I thank God every day for them. My parents’ support is what deserves all the credit.