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Katie Wenger

Katie Wenger

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

My mission is to advocate for the individual within the relationships in our lives. Education on self-prioritization, including allowing for grace for ourselves, fulfills individuals and enriches relationships. This is my career passion and my focus. We can get lost in our roles in our personal and professional lives and it is common to put others and tasks ahead of what we need, which is first and foremost, to honor ourselves internally. After spending the past 17 years as a psychotherapist for individuals and couples, I wanted to share the knowledge that has come from my experience and education. That is what led to me launching relationship consultation services and online courses for individuals and couples in addition to my therapeutic work. I feel very fortunate to be passionate about what I do and am fulfilled by seeing the positive outcomes in my clients.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

Joining Ellevate for me was about expanding my ability to connect with other women who are highly motivated in their careers and are also balancing all the areas of their healthiest life. I enjoy learning from others and forming these connections. I have gained so much from the online events that I have attended and very much look forward to having the opportunity to join in-person events. The most rewarding part of Ellevate for me has been the Squads that I have participated in. I am currently a part of my third squad and look forward to our meetings each week where we share our wins and obstacles and build each other up through information, support, encouragement, and accountability. The women that I have met in my Squads have had a variety of experiences in various fields and I have found that there is so much that we can give to each other.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

Of course being a therapist or in a helping profession takes empathy and excellent listening skills but it also takes a creative way of looking at obstacles. This is what helps lead your clients to their own solutions and changing their perspective on that obstacle and what ultimately provides relief for them. That will also set their thought patterns for the next time that they approach a similar roadblock.

What are some career challenges on your radar?

At this time, the needs of individuals and couples has somewhat changed. During the past year of life, people have faced situations that they have never faced before and needed to adapt in the moment, really. How to best serve individuals and couples during this time has been a challenge but also a lesson in how resilient we can all be if we allow proper emotional expression and boundaries.

What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?

My courses! Being able to use my creativity and channel it into presenting my knowledge base in a way that is easy to utilize and customizable to each person and their life was very fulfilling. I love adding to them and enhancing them and talking about the lessons that I share in the courses with others. The individual course focuses on prioritizing yourself and maintaining your individuality. When clients start to infuse these things more into their daily thoughts and approaches, the results are exciting to watch! The couples course also highlights maintaining individuality as well as strengthening your relationship uniqueness. For couples to see their relationship from this perspective can lead to greater satisfaction and being more in-sync with your partner.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

It is not selfish to take care of yourself. Not only will you feel greater self-love and compassion within but you will teach others how to care for you and encourage the same perspective in them towards themselves!

Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?

This is an ongoing struggle, no matter how much you perfect this, because it all comes back to mindset. Choosing what thoughts and beliefs can take up space in your daily thoughts is a powerful force within creating work-life balance. With each day, I set an intention and plan the day including tasks and time to fulfill my needs. This provides the focus and grace that I need in each day.

What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?

Take business and marketing courses in college in addition to your psychology studies - or take them early on in your career! For anyone who wants to build their own practice or business in this field, many of us start out solo and this knowledge would be such a benefit to the beginning process.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

I find it to be a blend of "Do the hard things" and "Love what you do." That feeling of being driven and moving through the challenges that a career can bring give me purpose and lead to a sense of reward. Making a career your own is what combines your education and experience to create that passion in the path that you are on.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?

Take care of yourself, even when it means putting yourself first. I know the internal challenges that this can present but I believe that it is crucial to enjoying your life, staying healthy, and setting the standard for how others should treat us and should treat themselves.

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