Welcome to “On the Couch” … a series of Q&A sessions dedicated to getting to know the amazing staff at Well Clinic
This week, we’re sitting down with Ali Psiuk, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) who specializes in online therapy.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Carteret, New Jersey. That’s a loud and proud Exit 12.
What is your favorite quote?
I have several. I’ve been meditating on difference and the one I’m currently chewing on was paraphrased by Dr. Shelly P. Harrell, and that is, anthropologists Kluckhohn and Murray said we are simultaneously like all others, like no others, and like some others.
What’s your favorite part of your work?
My favorite part is that I could answer this question for days and it still would not explain the love I have for doing this work. So, I’ll just leave that there.
What is your favorite thing about San Francisco?
I’ve been living a geographically fluid lifestyle since early 2019 but when I think of San Francisco I think of the gorgeous sunsets, the freedom of being, the phenomenal shows, and my fascinating community.
What is your favorite place you’ve ever been?
Patagonia. The region, not the store. My lungs were the happiest they’ve ever been breathing in such fresh air. I’ve experienced many meaningful moments of stillness and gratitude for simply being alive in my body through access to nature. (Thank you, Well Clinic, for allowing me to work remotely)
What is your favorite memory?
That’s a hard question! I’ve shuffled through a few in my head just now and they all involve being in water.
What are five albums you’d want with you if you were stuck on a deserted island?
I just envisioned holding a physical album close to my heart a la Wilson in Cast Away. I’d choose the precious peace of the organic: the sound of the waves, the birds.
Where was your last vacation?
One of the benefits of full time or long-term travel is that even working a regular work week vacation is always within arms reach. I recognize the bougie nature of this response.
What was your career before becoming a mental health practitioner?
I was a professional dancer and acrobat turned yoga instructor.
Tell us about someone who inspires you … past or present.
Anyone who gets up out of bed and faces the world these days.
What makes Well Clinic different?
The community of deeply caring, talented, and conscious clinicians and the clients we serve. I’m proud to work for a B-corp where there is transparency, dedication to workplace diversity, and a real sense of meaningful connection. Also, I miss the coffee we have in the waiting room.
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