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

Hi Janet, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I don’t fully believe that balance actually exists, in terms of how we traditionally think about balance. It’s never really going to be 50/50. When I think of balance, I believe that there will always be a give and take, as well as requests for help. We will have good weeks where we balance our time and work, and our time with personal relationships, mental health, and hobbies very well. And there will also be other instances where a certain aspect of life will take precedence. For example, there may be a period where a big chunk of our time will need to be devoted to establishing our career. In another time in our lives, we may need to focus more on our mental health. in life, depending on the situation, certain areas will need to take a backseat and that is okay. It’s about acknowledging what is the priority in that moment, in that period of our lives.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart is simply that I am the only Janet Bayramyan here, with my own unique personal and professional experiences. I am proud to say that not only am I a provider of mental health services but I am also a consumer of mental health services. I value personal growth and believe that I will be in therapy off and on for much of my life because of the immense value it adds to my life experiences. What I am most proud of is in my resiliency in life. In understanding my own resiliency, I am also proud to see that every single person I work with is resilient in their own way. The lessons I’ve learned is to consistently pursue my goals. I’ve also learned to let go of comparing myself and my career to others. Each individual has their own unique life experiences and their own unique path. Comparing ourselves to others withholds our ability to acknowledge how far we have actually come in life. My brand is all about keeping it real with empathy.

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 I would take my friend to one of the most charming beaches I have discovered in Southeast Florida, which is Hutchinson Island. Every time I am there I actually feel like I am in Hawaii and in a different world. I would also take my friends a little more south to Miami and go to Wynwood walls. I love the unique art and the fun experiences at Wynwood walls.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank all of the amazing, and strong women that have paved the way for me and who offer a beautiful example of what it means to be intelligent, courageous, powerful, and risk taking. The women include my mom, my husband, my really good friends, mentors, and colleagues in the mental health field. I so appreciate everyone who have helped guide me and support me throughout my life transitions and my career. With regards to professionally, I want to thank mentors that I have had early in my career including Magen Todd, Rubi Rodriguez, Valerie Dionne, and Carolina Pataky. I’ve received incredible training from these highly seasoned clinicians early in my career, and I so appreciate the value and support they have offered me. I also want to thank the mental health professionals that I personally have worked with. It’s true, therapists need their own therapy, and I wouldn’t be the person and career driven risk taker that I am without them mirroring everything that they see within me.

Website: www.lovediscovery.org/janet

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Image Credits
Heather Kincaid Photography

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