We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Savo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When I first started as a therapist I worked close to 50+ hours a week and had no self-care routine. I struggled to say no to colleagues and supervisors as well as clients. One of the things I strongly recommend to clients is having a good self-care routine and healthy boundaries so being able to practice that myself changed things. I’ve found having a routine that includes working out, spending time with family and friends, taking time off, and cutting back my hours have created a healthier balance. I think balance ebbs and flows at times but paying attention to what I need and want is key to creating it.
What should our readers know about your business?
I studied mental health counseling and earned my Masters Degree from NSU in 2007 and have been a licensed mental health counselor since 2010. With the mentoring of Amanda Landry (Patterson), I’ve learned to build my niche and clientele. Early on in my career I didn’t even consider private practice but after getting tired of working for others I made the change five years ago and I haven’t looked back. I did both when I first started doing private practice and made it full-time once I established a client base. I started working with teenagers while in grad school and they are still my favorite population to work with along with young adults. At Caring Therapists of Broward I specialize in working with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma and who want to find their true selves.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If a friend came down to Florida to visit the first place I would probably take them would be the beach! As someone who grew up in Connecticut I cannot let someone come visit and not see the ocean. After a day at the beach we would hit Las Olas for dinner. During COVID I discovered how good the food is at American Social, so that would be one stop. Then there’s always Rocco’s Tacos and Louie Bossi for food as well. In order to experience night life in Fort Lauderdale I would take them to Rooftop Bar and The Wharf. They also wouldn’t be able to leave Florida without going paddle boarding, a road trip to the keys, and an airboat ride in the everglades.
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’ve definitely been blessed to have an amazing group of four women in my corner for the past twenty years that have provided me with unconditional love and support in each of my endeavors. Each of them has taught me something different over the years and taught me to embrace who I am at my core. Amanda, Andrea, Jill and Laura have shown me acceptance, what it means to be strong willed, to never settle for less than what I want and to lean into my fears. They’ve been my best friends, family and mentors personally and professionally.