Anoushka Marcin is a mental health, wellbeing coach and speaker.
She believes that is important to "Live your best life. We only have one so let's live the best one we can" and her work with @balance.psychologies it’s all about helping others achieve that.
She specialises in providing therapeutic interventions for individuals who have experienced narcissistic abuse, narcissistic relationships, toxic families, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorders.
We have been working closely with Anoushka on her digital strategy and she let us interview her for our Female Founder-view Series.
She’s also launching a new online membership soon to “empower people to make good and wise choices for themselves,”
The Balance Membership will aim to help people be more assertive, improving their overall sense of self, and enjoying more loving relationships.
Let's meet her!
- Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
I am a trainee psychologist, wellbeing coach and speaker. I specialise in providing therapeutic interventions for individuals who have experienced narcissistic abuse, narcissistic relationships, toxic families, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorders.
- When did your journey start?
My journey into psychology started in 2010 when I decided to retrain as a psychologist. My specialism grew out of my life experiences. I combined my theoretical knowledge with my experiences and decided to specialise in this field.
I also experienced a toxic relationship and when I reached out for help there didn’t seem to be the help that I required, I saw that there was a shortage of this type of specialism, you see the thing is, it is very hard to explain narcissistic abuse and the effects that it has on you, to someone who has not been through it.
The same can be said that when you enter therapy and the therapist has no or limited knowledge - they cannot understand the trauma that the client has endured.
This was my experience, so when I got myself better I decided to combine theory and experience and offer this type of specialist service to individuals who have been through this abuse. I never in my wildest dreams realised that there were so many people that had been affected by this.
- What’s the idea behind your business?
Firstly and foremost the business is about providing specialist therapeutic interventions to help the individuals recover from trauma. It is also about empowering the client to make good and wise choices for them so that they feel that they are in control of their life (something that is taken away from the person whilst being around toxic individuals).
- Do you have a personal life motto?
Yes, I do! Live your best life. We only have one so let's live the best one we can.
- What is your main struggle being a female entrepreneur?
My main struggle is inspiration, I don’t always have inspirations so having to find new ways to bring out new ideas is tough. This is when I know that I need to slow things down and that have been overdoing it. I usually get like this when I am tired and on the way to being burnt out. I find that it's good to keep a journal and checking in with yourself at least once a day as a good way to monitor where you are.
- What was your biggest professional achievement during your entrepreneurial journey?
My biggest achievement to date and what continues to be an achievement is helping my clients move forward in their lives. To be free from destructive patterns of thinking that control them. Allowing to step into their authenticity with confidence. When a client says to me that I have helped to turn their life around, for me it feels like I have won the lottery or have had a pay rise. It is such a positive feeling that I cannot describe, it is so lovely to know that you have helped someone in their life.
- What is your biggest personal achievement?
My biggest personal achievement has been growing and sustaining a business. For as long as I can remember I had always wanted to be an entrepreneur but I never knew in what capacity. What has been amazing for me is knowing that I have a loyal following of people that are interested in what I have to say. For me, that means a lot and I am so proud of this.
- What is the greatest lesson you’ve learnt from being an entrepreneur?
I feel the greatest lesson that I have learnt from being an entrepreneur is that you have to rely on yourself. You have to believe in you, no one else can do it for you. If you don't believe in you how do you expect anybody else to believe in the service you are providing? This can be a bit of a strange concept as you are the backbone of the company, you are the most important - so if your energy and mindset at not emulating this positivity it quickly becomes very apparent.
People do pick up on this, even though sometimes you don’t think they do but they see it. So, it is very important that you look after your wellbeing and ensure self-care practices.
- How do you find inspiration on an average day? Do you have any rituals?
I guess the last answer leads onto this question nicely, I have to make sure that I am feeling as best as I can for the work that I do. For me, self-care is something that is non-negotiable.
I meditate in the evenings and try to centre my mind and emotions. In the morning I usually listen to inspirational podcasts, I try to go to the gym every other day, I also try to read psychological research/books to update my knowledge at least once a week. And last but not least I walk my dog every morning and evening in nature. I find so much peace and inspiration in nature, this is what helps to centre my mind.
- Who’s the female entrepreneur or leader that you admire the most and why?
I really do admire Gabby Bernstein. She is a New York best selling author and spiritual teacher. She teaches people to live a more spiritual life using meditation.
I also admire Marie Forleo, a business coach, I like her can-do attitude and insights into being a successful person. Both women have reached a level of leadership in there field and a following that reflects, I would like to achieve their success and build on this to inspire many other people the way that they do.
- How do you advertise yourself as an entrepreneur?
My main avenue of advertising myself is through social media, mainly YouTube. I get most of my clients coming through YouTube watching my videos.
- How did social media help you promote your business?
Social media has been an invaluable tool for me advertising my business, it has allowed me to reach a worldwide audience and helped me market my knowledge base and services.
- Do you have any advice to give to the new female entrepreneurs?
The advice that I would give to new female entrepreneurs is to follow your heart. Find your niche and do not let your fear stop you from doing something that you were destined to. Every day is not going to be easy and some days you will not want to do this, but believe in you and your business, if you don’t who will? And remember you are working your dream job, how many other people can say that?
Thank you, Anoushka!
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