Today we’d like to introduce you to Lilit Ayrapetyan.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My journey has consisted of years of studying, lots of frustrations and tears, training after training and lots of sleepless nights. Right after high school, I majored in Psychology and received my B.A. I always knew I wanted to continue my education and go further. Meeting my mentor during my undergrad just sealed the deal for me. He was an amazing professor and an inspirational human being. Being Armenian, I am very close to my family and never lived apart from them. I knew I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and experience things I had never before, so I decided to take the chance and move to Chicago for my Master’s program. I knew no one in Chicago and the first six months were definitely very lonely and challenging. But once I met a few friends that I am still friends with ten years later, my Chicago experience became one of the best experiences of my life. I completed my Master’s program in 2 years and moved back to California. I knew I wanted to set my roots in California so I decided to pursue my doctorate in Psychology in California.
While all my dear friends were working, settling into their relationships, getting married and having kids, I was back in school! My training consisted of working in hospitals, working with developmentally disabled children and working in community mental health centers. I finally graduated after five years, however continued my training and required hours for licensure for another two years. After years of studying I finally reached the pinnacle of my career at the time and received my licensure in Clinical Psychology!! For the first time in my career, I felt like I was completely on my own now and I can choose to take my career in whatever direction I wanted. I began dabbling in private practice and soon learned the business part of running a private practice. Oh boy! That took me on a whirlwind a bit. Running a business was totally out of my comfort zone. But with the help of my husband, who has an MBA and is currently in marketing, I began to slowly understand what it takes to run a business, all the while I continued to see one-on-one clients in private practice.
After about two years in private practice, my best friend and I, Dr. Clara Aparicio, who is also a psychologist, decided to take a huge risk and combine our practices and open up a group practice. Our group practice, CALA Psychological Services, will be celebrating its one year anniversary in October and already has six associates and is continuing to grow! It has been such a blessing running and learning about the business world with my best friend and business partner. I continue to see a full case load of weekly clients and in between my nonstop work, I am constantly balancing tasks for the business, finding time to be with my family and friends and my husband, who is so supportive throughout this process. I love working with every single one of my clients and I am grateful every single day for all the challenges and blessings. Steve Jobs put it perfectly, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle.”
Great, 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?
Delving into the entrepreneurial world and learning how to start a practice from the ground up was very challenging. It was difficult to find the time to balance being a business owner and seeing my clients at the same time. But I’m lucky because I get to do this with my best friend and business partner. We balance and support each other through it all. Most of our lives are spent working and I absolutely love what I do. I don’t live for the weekends or my vacations. I look forward to going into the office every day, seeing my clients, growing and expanding the group practice with my best friend and putting in the work to make our business dreams come alive.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My passion is to help bright professional millennials, entrepreneurs, and aspiring leaders transform their lives. I specialize in working with adults, especially young women and executives helping them work through their fears and anxieties, manage stress, cultivate creativity, facilitate healing and positive change, increase emotional intelligence and emotional regulation, improve interpersonal relationships, improve communication skills, set them up for personal growth, identify their passion and help them create their career path and life path. What sets me apart from others in the field is that I use my doctoral training in Psychology where I am able to blend Psychotherapy and Executive Coaching to help empower my clients as they navigate through their 20s and 30s and beyond. I feel honored and inspired that I get to help individuals uncover their hopes and strengths that they often don’t realize they possess.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memories from childhood are always memories with my sisters. My sisters are my best friends for life and we grew up goofing around, laughing uncontrollably, traveling and some times fighting. But we’re each other’s biggest cheerleaders and support system!
- I offer FREE 15-minute phone consultations for Psychotherapy and Executive Coaching to discuss pricing and options.
- Website: https://www.drlilitayrap.com
- Phone: (310) 880-7015
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr_lilit/
Photographer – Stephanie Anguiano