Welcome to “On the Couch” — a series of Q&A sessions where you get to know the human side of our amazing staff at Well Clinic.
This week, we chatted with Sadie Robertson, an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC), at Well Clinic in San Francisco.
What is your favorite part about your work?
Probably both the depth and intimacy of the relationships we get to build as well as the fact that every day is different and new.
What is your favorite thing about San Francisco?
Oooh, probably the proximity to so many different natural environments – beaches, redwood forests, mountains, rolling hills etc.
I also love the freedom of self-expression I feel throughout the city, the distinct neighborhoods, the plants everywhere, the color, the random hidden staircases throughout the city, and the murals.
Oh, and I’ve met some pretty cool people here too.
Name five things that are on your bucket list (things to do before you die).
I don’t really have a bucket list but I would really like to learn how to kite surf.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up just outside of Boston, MA. East Coast transplant!
What is your favorite quote?
“We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are.” ―Anaïs Nin
Where was your last vacation?
Oaxaca, Mexico. Loved.
What was your career before becoming a mental health practitioner?
I’ve worked at a few different education-related non-profits. Most recently I worked at a non-profit that helps people build skills and get connected to good jobs! I was a career coach, trainer, and program coordinator.
Do you have any talents that few people know about? If so, what are they?
I’ve got great pitch 🙂
What is your favorite food?
I just got an email notification from Ben & Jerry’s as I started to answer this question (I didn’t know I was on their mailing list). Does that answer the question?
What is your favorite book?
So hard to answer! In the past five years, probably Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.
What was your favorite toy as a child?
This isn’t a toy, per se, but I loved dressing up and making home videos with a camcorder.
Do you have any pets? Please introduce them to us.
While I grew up with pets and LOVE animals, I am not allowed to have them in my apartment because of restrictions! If allowed, I would definitely have at least a cat and would want a dog in the future, too. I love when my clients’ furry friends join our therapy sessions 🙂
When are you at your most creative?
When I can keep my self-critic quiet, and when I’m more concerned with process than outcome. I like that question 🙂
Name one guilty pleasure, past or present.
I’m a sucker for reality tv dating shows like Are You the One, Love is Blind, and The Circle.
Describe one of your first few jobs.
In college, I worked at the front desk of the student center which meant that I got to control what music was playing in the building which felt very important! And people would stop and say hi throughout my shift as they passed through the building… It was a pretty sweet gig overall 🙂
What’s one fun thing you wish you could do more of?
What made you want to become a mental health practitioner?
I’m endlessly fascinated by the human experience and relationships.