Did you know that anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States? It affects 40 million American adults which equates to 18% of the population. Even though anxiety is highly treatable; only 39% of adults seek help. Furthermore, nearly half of Americans suffering from depression also suffer from anxiety.
Because so many people are living with anxiety and depression in their daily lives; we wanted to learn more. We were fortunate to sit down with one of our members, Nazli Seewer, PsyD., an expert in the field, to discuss her practice, her passion for animals and why she chose Business Workspaces.
Tell us about your company and what you do?
I am a clinical psychologist who specializes in individual therapy for adults and teenagers. I treat all different issues but focus on anxiety and OCD.
What made you decide to branch out into equine therapy?
My love of animals. I have a 15-year-old horse that I adore. There has been so much research done in the past few years on equine therapy and the benefits it has for so many people including veterans and others suffering from PTSD. I got certified through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA).
Can you tell me more?
I currently board my horse in Sloughhouse so that is where I will be doing my therapy sessions. I have partnered with a wonderful nonprofit called Gypsy Magic Equine Outreach. To start, I will be doing two sessions per month for individuals and groups. My equine therapy practice will focus on all things such as depression, PTSD, anxiety and trauma. I hope to eventually partner with the Veterans Administration.
How did you get started in mental health?
This is actually my second career. I have a degree in public health and received my degree in psychology in 2009. I became licensed in 2011. It sounds cliché, but I chose to go into this field because of a desire to help people.
What is something about mental health that most people do not know?
That therapy benefits everyone and that I see all kinds of people for all different reasons. You don’t have to have serious issues or some major reasons for going to therapy. Some people see me because they just need some guidance in their everyday life. If you have a physical injury, you go to the doctor and mental health should be seen as the same thing. The stigma surrounding mental health is getting better but isn’t where it should be. I am hoping that changes.
Where do you see your practice in 5 years?
I want to grow the equine side of my business and will hopefully be working with veterans. I plan on keeping my private office space as well.
Tell me about yourself
I was born and grew up in Switzerland. That is where my family still lives so I go there a couple of times a year. I have been in the United States since I was 18 years old. I am engaged to a veterinarian who shares my love of animals.
Other than work, what are you passionate about?
Animals! I have dogs, cats and a horse. My horse and one of my dogs suffer from anxiety so maybe there is a reason I have them!
What types of activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of work?
Besides spending time with my horse, I love to read urban fantasy novels. It helps me dive into a different world to decompress from my job. I love to travel. My favorite trip ever was backpacking around the world for four months when I was 22. I love Central America and of course, Paris is amazing. I like to learn about different cultures.
Why did you choose Business Workspaces?
One of my colleagues has an office here at Business Workspaces and told me about it. Financially it made better sense for me. The location is great, and I love that there is a full kitchen! Working here has helped me meet others in my industry and reciprocate referrals.
If you or someone you know need help with mental health; please contact Nazli through her website. You can also follow her Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. To learn more about equine therapy, visit their website and follow them on Facebook.