Talked Spotlight: Interview with Li Laurent

Interview

The Talked Spotlight series is where we interview the professionals who help make Talked the premier Australian digital mental health platform

Name: Li Laurent

Age: 30

Years practising: 3

Please describe yourself in 20 words or less.

I am enigmatic, vibrant, honest, hilarious, creative & bold.

What is a hobby you love to do in your spare time?

Sing and write songs.

Why did you choose this career path?

I'm interested in trauma, I'm great at providing advice and I really enjoy interacting with people without their PR personality - we all have one. I believe authentically connecting with a person and how they experience the world with themselves in it is the most meaningful and useful way to connect. Therapy creates a space for that inherently, we can metaphorically speaking, catch three birds with one stone.

Tell me about one experience which has kept you doing what you’re doing.

Whenever I get referrals through word of mouth because my clients feel like what I am doing is unique and impactful, I feel validated that I'm making a difference. I feel encouraged that there's space for authenticity of self in professional practice. I hope that my clients can look to me to be the example of how you can self actualise in the face of adversity.

What is one piece of general advice that you would give to a client starting out their mental health journey?

Don't talk yourself out of what might help you, commit to advocating for yourself. Commit to believing that if you do the work, the change is inevitable.

If you weren’t doing what you were doing, what career would you have pursued?

Well I still do it! I'm a singer-songwriter, which is a wonderful side hustle to have and it means I get to be and explore all the facets of who I am. But if I wasn't a therapist, I'd probably have gone into medicine, possibly dermatology.

What is one item in your fridge that would surprise us?

An excessive amount of mayonnaise.

Is there anything about you that you would like clients who are reading to know?

That you are worth your own investment.

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If you like what you have read about Li, you can organise a telehealth session. Li offers a free 15 minute consultation to help get you started.

This Talked Spotlight was based on an interview conducted in August 2021.

Talked Spotlight is our series where we interview the professionals who help make Talked the premier digital mental health platform. The views expressed are those of the interviewees, based on their experiences within the profession, and as such are not necessarily representative of Talked's views.

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