Today we’d like to introduce you to Erica Basso.
Erica, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Well to begin, I have a masters degree in Marriage & Family Therapy and today practice as a Holistic Psychotherapist. Since a young age I can remember being passionate about elevating everyday living, and not just in the material sense, but also through our mental, physical, and spiritual health. I was raised in a very small, rural town in Michigan and spent a lot of time daydreaming what life outside of my “bubble” was like.
I was always super fascinated with culture and how people developed into who they are. I moved to sunny California right after I finished high school to begin college at the University of California, Irvine. My journey I becoming a therapist felt like a natural one as I knew I wanted to help support people in attaining a life they truly LOVE. When individuals come to me, many of whom are professionals and creative types, they are usually feeling disconnected, frustrated, or lonely. They often tell me they have been struggling for years like this.
I personally know how difficult it is to have to ask for help and finding a therapist may feel like just one more thing to fit into our busy schedules. It can be difficult to slow down and give ourselves permission to be seen, and it is so important that we do so because therapy is truly one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. Through my clinical experience as a therapist, I realized a large part of what we refer to as ‘mental illness’ or ‘diagnosis’ stems from a lack of connectedness and belonging.
When I think back to my childhood, I can say baking was my first true love. It was also my first coping skill (although at age 10, pre-therapist me would not have known it was called a ‘coping skill’). I remember looking up to Giada DeLaurentis, as she embodied an empowering female and helped connect me to my Italian heritage. I would stay up way past my bedtime immersed in Food Network channel. If we think back to our most cherished memories, most likely there was food and our loved ones involved.
Being part Italian, I’ve witnessed that food does more than keep our cells alive, it helps connect us. Just this past year, I was inspired to reach a broader audience and began my Instagram, @MindbyFood to help people heal + connect through our universal language–food. I regularly post non-boring recipes to help reduce anxiety, depression, and other emotional and physical health issues, and strategies to help you start living your best life.
Has it been a smooth road?
The journey in becoming a therapist has definitely been a path of many bumps in the road, many times feeling very lost, and at times having to completely rethink everything I thought I knew. It’s been a challenging path, and the most rewarding!
As a therapist, I am my most important tool, so I cannot take a client further than I haven’t gone myself. It is both a privilege and honor to have the opportunity to influence other peoples’ lives, so I do as much of my own personal therapy and self-growth as possible. It can sometimes feel a little like my entire life revolves around therapy, and I have gotten better at being mindful of that.
I have definitely made progress with not taking work home with me most days and knowing when I need to indulge in self-care. I also am ready for the wild-ride that being a therapist is a life-long journey! It’s one of the jobs that you get better at it with age, I know some therapists who have never retired!
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
Instagram has been an amazing platform to share this journey and experience on, I have met so many amazing founders of wellness companies and individuals who are changing the future of health and food! I am constantly inspired every-time I scroll my feed (which can also be the ultimate time-trap!) In addition to the therapy I offer, I also have plans and visions to create a wellness product in the future. Stay tuned for that!
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and the least?
I feel eternally grateful that I pushed myself to move here from a little town in Michigan right after high school. I daydreamed of living in California for many, many years and now this is my life! There is not one day that I do not feel so grateful for the sunny palm trees and near perfect daily weather.
The most contagious thing about the city is its energy! I do not have to look far to be completely inspired by someone, from every walk of life! I believe the best part is that the energy allows for progression and inclusion, very important features of a beautiful future on this Earth.
Now, the least part about the city… the traffic! As much as I love all the creative, inspiring individuals here, I do wish that LA would stop growing so fast (as well as the housing prices! ugh!)
- Website: www.ericabassotherapy.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: mindbyfood
Jean Marie Biele