We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Longtain and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stephanie, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?

Habits are a big part of success, as they determine your behavior. I am a big fan of cultivating helpful habits which I define as habits that help me be the sort of person I want to be.

I have learned that I can perform better at work when I feel better so a lot of my habits revolve around maintaining my physical and emotional health.

(1) Sleep is non-negotiable. My brain and body need recovery time so this is my holy grail of habits! I maintain a consistent sleep-wake cycle by trying to go to bed and wake up each morning around the same time.

(2) I am committed to regular exercise. I truly enjoy working out so this is a habit but also a hobby. I lift weights 4 times a week and walk daily. Walking is so underrated.

(3) I prioritize my mental health. Yes, I am a therapist but I also have to work on my mental health. This might look like seeking help from a therapist or coach, getting support from family and friends, utilizing coping skills, or setting boundaries.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

I have been in the field of social work and mental health for over 20 years. My career is wonderfully suited to my unique skill set of being a great listener, having high levels of empathy, and providing space for others to heal and grow. I have worked in a variety of mental health settings (school social work, non-profit, crisis intervention, inpatient/residential treatment) and each setting expanded upon the other and taught me something new.

I think the biggest challenge was making the leap from community mental health to private practice. It wasn’t the practical aspect of opening a business but more the mindset shift of being an entrepreneur. My education and training did not teach me anything related to business. I was reaching levels of career burnout when I realized that there had to be another way. I knew other social workers practicing independently, but I had never really considered it as an option for myself.

I had no idea that I could be my own boss, set my schedule, and work with my ideal clients. I had fears of alienating some people by speaking specifically to others. One thing I learned that has been very helpful is that I am not for everyone and everyone is not for me!

I choose to work with high-achieving adults struggling with stress management, work/life balance, anxiety, and lack of meaning/purpose in their lives despite having high levels of success. These are my people and we do great work together.

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.
Houston is the 4th largest city in the US, so it has no shortage of fun and food!

Some of my favorite restaurants: Uchi or BCN Taste and Tradition (for big-spending), Field & Tides or Tiny’s No. 5 (for neighborhood joints), and Lupe Tortilla (for Tex-Mex).

I love lattes so we’d definitely hit up all my favorite coffee shops (located in the Heights because that’s my neighborhood): A 2nd Cup, Throughgood, and Revival Market.

If it’s baseball season, we’d go to an Astros game!

And if weather permits, maybe a day trip to Galveston or The Arboretum & Nature Center.

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?
It takes a village, right?! Many people deserve recognition in my story. First, all the love to my mom. She is my greatest inspiration and has always been my biggest fan. I want to acknowledge my sister too. She is a super successful woman and a role model to many young women in her profession. Lastly, props to my husband. His dedication to our family has allowed me to pursue my dreams. A final shoutout to anyone doing the work of becoming a better version of themselves!

Website: https://www.greaterheightstherapy.com/

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