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Meet Angela Andikyan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Andikyan.

Hi Angela, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
It feels like yesterday. I was running the physical mile test in elementary school when a classmate ran up to me and shared that her parents were getting a divorce. She became emotional. Breathless and confused, I responded with sincere validation and said, “it’s going to be okay.” Growing up, I seemed to be the go-to person for others’ emotional needs. I had even created a Facebook page called “Ask Angie” to help answer general questions and provide guidance for friends. It became a natural instinct to help others. Even though I had a passion for the arts, I gravitated towards psychology and counseling. The patterns of human behavior fascinated me.

I earned my graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. I had the privilege of working with little ones as young as three and adults up to ninety-seven. Over the past 12 years, I worked in child care centers, trauma support, hospice care, foster homes, youth mentorship, relationship advisement, psychiatric care and private practice. People would sometimes question my line of work. They would say, “Isn’t it depressing?” This is a common statement therapists hear, but I have a completely different perspective. These are people who are confiding in me, being totally vulnerable and sharing their innermost secrets and pain points. What they share is so sacred. I am the holder of their life’s story, and it’s my mission to help them navigate their next chapter.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Teddy Roosevelt famously said, “nothing worth having comes easy.” As with life, there have absolutely been struggles along the way. Completing over 3,000 hours as an intern and passing exams while juggling my personal responsibilities was overwhelming to say the least. I had to balance a rough schedule working multiple positions and carve out time for my own sanity. As I became a mother and started my family, I experienced some imminent health matters that needed my attention. I didn’t want that to hinder my performance as a coach. Implementing self-care and maintaining a solid support system was my saving grace. I made the conscious choice not to give up and to keep believing that I am making a difference for others. Having a positive mindset truly gave me strength. I practice what I preach to my clients – it absolutely works!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
When the pandemic started, I noticed an increase in mental health implications for both the general population and those struggling with pre-existing conditions. I wanted to make a difference. Utilizing social media for mental health and networking became more than a trend, it’s also an incredible business tool. So, I created my Instagram page @angie_therapie and began posting relevant content. I wanted to offer support and a platform where people would gain knowledge and feel motivated. Not knowing where it would lead, my inbox was instantly flooded with inquiries about how to sign-up for life coaching sessions.

Presently, I practice as a life coach offering teleservices for individuals and couples. I have additional professional certification in grief counseling and anger management. I specialize in mindset mentoring to provide motivation, direction, goal setting, self-advocacy and overcoming self-limiting beliefs. To date, I am most proud that I have had an impact on over 500 people. What sets me apart from other coaches is my approach in how I challenge my clients. I am genuine, transparent, direct and add humor to the sessions. This sense of humor is also incorporated in my social media content; specifically, the reels I have created have become quite popular. It gives me the greatest joy when my clients express enthusiasm and a stronger mentality at the end of our sessions.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I have an original quote, “your perspectives paves your path.” My philosophy is that our mind is an incredibly powerful source that can move us towards accomplishing our goals. The hardest part is putting in the work and wholeheartedly believing that we are worthy of obtaining it. My purpose is to help people reach their potential.

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