We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Hanhan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nicole, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I’ve been doing my own research on this matter so it’s exciting to see this topic align here. I started my business in the midst of COVID and it felt pretty risky considering the current climate. The steps I had to take required another part of me to show up. A risk I’ve been taking is with being seen. It’s a new level of showing up for myself and I’m asked to show different parts of me which has felt vulnerable. My business is my face, my personality, my education, my experience, my knowledge and so on. As my own boss, I had to learn quickly that if I don’t conquer one room, I can’t go into the next. Essentially, I started understanding the concept of “failing forward” and I began seeing every step I had to take as growth while also shedding the parts of me I’ve outgrown to create room for what is coming. As I processed my experience, I learned that I get to transform fear into something so extraordinary. I’ve been overcoming this visibility fear and I’m moving towards excitement with showing the world my craft and my aliveness! I am committed to continue showing up for myself, lead by example and radiate to others that this is possible and taking the risk is so worth it!


What should our readers know about your business?
I’ve been working in non-profits for the last 5 years which gifted me with so much experience and growth. I’ve walked alongside of children, teens, adults, first responders, those with disabilities, the elderly and so on with different presentations from life transitions to depression and substance abuse. The exposure has awarded me with incredible clinical instincts, a deeper understanding of humanity and the importance of connection & community.

My practice focuses on the treatment of mental health through an attachment lens. Which means I understand the importance of early relationships, as this is where we first learn about ourselves and develop our understanding of the world. Because of this, scars develop that reopen in relationships where we find ourselves repeating unconscious patterns that prevent us from growing or feeling fulfilled in life. Shortly after I opened my practice, I found myself specializing in the adolescent population. These teenagers are so badass, courageous and the leaders of our future and I feel fortunate to work with them. They, too, are taking risks every day as they enter new territories of being.

I have been learning a number of lessons since I opened my practice, and I am still learning so much. One of the most profound is that I’m in a perpetual state of transformation. I’m constantly growing as I live outside of the box and outside of my comfort zone. Initially, it sucked, but with time, I have been embracing it. Another is the realization of my full potential as I stopped caring what others think. I learned that it is impossible to be for everyone! This has been prevalent and almost foundational for me because the risk of going against the grain and getting out there does open you up to the uncomfortable.

Another lesson I’m learning is finding a middle ground between taking in the advice and guidance of all the successful people around me and paving my own path my way. I have felt more aligned and a weight lifted since coming to that realization. Lastly, I am learning patience and I am still learning it! I remind myself frequently that I can’t be where I want to be if I’m not present to where I’m currently at while also remembering how far I’ve come. This has given me grace in my process.

What I want the world to know is that this is possible and it is life-changing. I love being able to share my passion with the world and in turn attract those that are like-minded who prioritize healing and growth. I am hopeful that in the near future, going to therapy will be just as “normal” as going to a primary care doctor.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love visitors because that means vacation! We’d start the day by going to a local coffee shop like the Buzzed Goat or Press Coffee. We’d do some damage with shopping in Scottsdale. In the evening, reservations would be made at Maple & Ash or Ocean 44. The food and ambiance are unparalleled. We’d maybe hit up Valley Bar in Downtown Phoenix and watch local talent or we’d head to Scottsdale for a night of dancing and fun at the bars my friend Jesse Serna DJ’s at.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I love this! I wholeheartedly believe that we are better together. Shout out to all of the empowering women out there, I see you! Shout out to all my clients, my mentors, my family & friends. Together we WILL reduce the stigma of mental health and create a healthy mind collectively. Lastly, a big thank you to Dr. Francine Shapiro (RIP) for the magic and community she had created by developing EMDR. I am endlessly better because of you all.

Website: www.hanhanwellness.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hanhanwellness/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-hanhan-lcsw-72713355/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hanhanwellness

Image Credits
Amanda Osborne

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