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Inspiring Conversations with Liz Kent of Perissos Therapy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liz Kent.

Hi Liz, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’ve almost always known I wanted to go into this field. Throughout my life, I witnessed the impact of mental health conditions on people around me and saw how valuable it was for individuals to have the appropriate support. I received a B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland in 2005. Like most new graduates, I was unsure the exact path I wanted to take next until my dad encouraged me to apply to the University of Maryland, School of Social Work (partly for the in-state tuition!). Turned out, this training prepared me for exactly what I love doing: working with individuals in a therapy setting to help them improve the way they manage their mental health, and in turn to live life more abundantly. I received my Masters in Social Work in 2008 and worked in a special education setting for six years, where I had incredible supervisors and colleagues and really honed my clinical skills. But, it was never quite the perfect match for my calling. After I became a mom in 2014, my interest in perinatal and maternal mental health exploded and I also started working in a private practice to have more flexibility in my schedule. By 2017, my husband was encouraging me to go out and start my own practice. I did my research and finally took the leap. Over the next few years, the practice grew and I began to add therapists to meet the demand. During the pandemic, the demand for therapists skyrocketed and my practice quadrupled the number of clients we were seeing per week. Currently, we have five therapists and a part-time admin assistant. We each specialize in maternal mental health and we are all moms of young kids ourselves.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Starting a business while raising really young kids is definitely not for the faint of heart. I left an agency job after I had my first son in 2014, where I had been working as a supervisor for a large special education program. That job could be emotionally draining on the best days and had very little flexibility in terms of work schedules and time off. In 2017, when I had a two and a half years old AND an eight months old, I hung up my shingle for Perissos Therapy. It took some time to gain traction, which was scary. Then the stress came from managing an abundance of referrals and growing the practice, all while continuing to prioritize my energy on my growing family. This past year was particularly challenging as the demand for our services has increased and my ability to utilize outside childcare/school has decreased. I have had to set firm boundaries for my own caseload in terms of how many clients I can see. I am in the process of shifting a lot of admin tasks off my plate and have started outsourcing more things like bookkeeping and marketing. Juggling the long-running to do list for both my professional and personal life is one of the most difficult things about being an entrepreneur and a mom.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Perissos Therapy, LLC?
Perissos is boutique psychotherapy practice specializing in maternal mental health in Baltimore, MD. As the owner, I am a mom of three young kids and am passionate about providing support to busy moms with young families, especially during this past year. All of our staff are also moms of young families, working to balance their personal and professional lives.

Perissos is a Greek word meaning abundantly, exceeding expectations, My husband and I chose the name together because it is exactly how I want my clients to feel in their lives. (Never mind that it’s hard to pronounce and spell).

We offer individual and couples therapy services. Each of our therapists have their own unique niches and specialized training to meet a variety of clients’ needs. We also offer an e-course for those who are unable to make the commitment to therapy services at this time.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I am a complete introvert, which may seem funny as someone who literally talks with people as a career. But I am an introvert in the true sense of the word-I love being alone. My husband recently gifted me two nights at an AirBnB BY MYSELF and it was glorious!

People may also be surprised to know that I see a therapist myself (as do many therapists). I think prioritizing self-care and our mental health needs is crucial, especially after this particularly trying year!

Pricing:

  • $150-$175 / session

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