Episode 11-Interview with Whitney Owens

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What does it look like for someone to doubt themselves but walk forward into uncertainty anyway? How do you face failures without taking them personally? How does a working woman balance being a wife, mother, and successful business owner?

In this episode, Nathan and Aaron interview guest Whitney Owens.

Whitney Owens, Licensed Therapist and Private Practice Consultant

In This Podcast


  • About our guest, Whitney Owens
  • How she balances work and personal life
  • How she accomplished so much in such a short time
  • How she handled events that told her “I’m a failure!”
  • What failure has taught her about herself and about success

About our guest, Whitney Owens

  • Whitney is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Private Practice Consultant.
  • She lives in Savannah, Georgia, where she owns a group private practice, Water’s Edge Counseling.
  • In addition to running her practice, she offers individual and group consulting through Practice of the Practice.
  • Whitney places a special emphasis on helping clinicians start and grow faith-based practices.
  • Whitney has spoken at the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia’s annual convention and at Killin’ It Camp.
  • She has also been interviewed about mental health issues on several media outlets including WSAV in Savannah and in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
  • Whitney is a wife and mother of two beautiful girls.

How Whitney balances work and personal life

  • Whitney admits it’s hard, but she is constantly and regularly evaluating or re-evaluating her schedule to make sure she has time for what’s most important to her – time with her husband and kids
  • She gets feedback from people in her life to help keep her on track, because these people care about her and can see blindspots she cannot see herself

How Whitney accomplished so much in such a short time

  • Whitney hired Joe Sanok of Practice of the Practice as her consultant, then trusted what he told her and took the steps he suggested
  • Despite her own doubts and fears, she followed the path of others who had been successful and saw that it began to be successful for her as well
  • Along the way, she surrounded herself with other people who could encourage and teach her so she could learn and grow where she needed to

How Whitney handled events that told her “I’m a failure!”

  • In the middle of her journey towards building a group practice, she experienced setbacks that were her worst fears come true
  • These setbacks were devastating for her and she took them personally at first
  • With the support of friends and colleagues, she learned to see beyond the setbacks to a more objective view – one that put things into perspective for her
  • Since then, she has been able to not take things so personally and recover more quickly when she experiences setbacks

What failure has taught her about herself and about success

  • First, Whitney admitted she has negative self-talk! She has doubts and insecurities about herself, just like everyone else
  • She reminds herself of all the cumulative steps she has taken up to this point which have been successful, so she doesn’t lose that perspective
  • She also tells herself that, even though setbacks or mistakes are hard, she has learned so much from them and they have made her stronger, smarter, and more successful
  • Whitney now sees failure as a necessary step toward success and is more open (less resistant) to them

Useful Links

  • Sign up for our free email course that will guide you through our process of facing fears and insecurities so that you can feel more comfortable in your own skin
  • Send Whitney Owens an email if you would like to talk with her more or hire her as your private practice consultant

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Meet Nathan and Aaron

Nathan Hawkins and Aaron Potratz are both licensed therapists and clinical supervisors in the state of Oregon. They each own their own private group counseling practices and co-own a third group practice together. Nathan and Aaron have been in the field since 2004 and 2007, respectively, and have over 100,000 hours of therapy experience each. On their show, they discuss facing fears and common challenges from a therapist’s point of view, imparting wisdom and humanity to their viewers. Along the way, they hope to not only share their insights but bring some light-hearted entertainment to make the journey easier.

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