Name: Alyssa Petersel
Occupation: Founder & CEO, MyWellbeing
Location: New York
Ideal Comfort Food: Potatoes in any form
5 questions for you...
1. What part of your job is most rewarding?
Learning from a therapy-seeker that they have found a therapist through MyWellbeing who has made a positive impact on their life is truly invaluable. Similarly, when we learn from a therapist that the clients they feel the most rapport and progress with are the clients they meet through MyWellbeing, I feel an immense sense of gratitude and pride. These two you might expect. What has surprised me most as one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is watching my team bond, work together, and tackle a problem that was otherwise intimidating, coming out stronger and more united on the other side.
2. What was the moment that made you realize you wanted to do what you do now?
I have always been interested in the intersection of business, entrepreneurship, and healing. Since I was in high school, I would brainstorm solutions to problems that I thought were unjust and urgent to fix. Often, I would launch projects and initiatives to raise money toward a cause, bring people together to foster change, or roll out a scrappy solution to an otherwise clucky system. Through ebbs and flows of professional experiences in advocacy and creative writing, I decided to become a therapist. Throughout my training, I had a terrible experience searching for my own therapist. At first, I internalized the blame and assumed I was being too picky. After talking to hundreds of other seekers and therapists, I realized I was not alone and the problem was a systemic once that needed addressing. Upon graduating with my MSW, I applied to and was accepted to a number of more traditionally clinical positions. Upon acceptance, I had a panic attack. I had no choice but to listen to my body and to realize that wasn't the path for me, at least not at that time. I earned my MSW at NYU and was accordingly eligible for a 10 week business program called Summer Launchpad through the Leslie eLab at NYU. I applied, was accepted, and immediately felt a sense of belonging, challenge, and adventure. I knew then that MyWellbeing, however it would evolve, was what and where I needed to channel my energy toward.
3. What could you spend all day talking about?
I could spend all day talking about the benefits of therapy. Also--how MANY types of therapy there are out there! If you have tried therapy and didn't love the experience, it's possible that the particular provider you saw was not an ideal fit for you in personality or training. Like dating, your fit is out there. I encourage you to try again.
4. What is your favorite characteristic of your best friend?
Unconditionally accepting of me and others, in all of our flawed human glory.
5. What is the first thing you notice about a new employee?
Responsiveness, attention to detail, and conviction, optimism, and determination to solve the task at hand.
What's in your desk?
Notebook, AirPods, iPhone