Mira Rocca is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist helping individuals overcome problems with food, body image, exercise, depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, and familial issues. She believes in creating space for you to inhabit your body, while learning to balance your own vulnerability and inner strengths. This allows you to heal old wounds and feel more grounded and empowered in your life today. As a mama, she finds balance by not working when she’s with the kids, and not being with the kids when she’s working.
- Tell us about your business – what’s your mission; your soul’s purpose and why you created your wellness business or service?
I am deeply passionate about helping women accept, love, and thrive in their one precious body. When women embrace themselves in this way, their voice becomes stronger and louder and allows them to live the life they fully desire. In my 15 years of experience in working with eating disorders, body image, substance abuse, trauma, depression, and anxiety, I witnessed how much pain women kept hidden in their bodies. As they began to find a voice, along with being still and present with their body memories, they began to change. I noticed how women found strength in their vulnerabilities when they shared about it. By being a mirror of love and tolerance, and acceptance, and no judgment, clients began showing themselves the same.
- How do you create, innovate or break the rules in your life/business/organization?
As a Clinical Psychotherapist, I kept my practice very safe in the settings I worked in. I was mindful and respectful of the companies I worked for, but always felt contained in what I could offer. When I ventured out on my own into private practice, I was able to grow in ways I had only dreamed. I began incorporating Yoga and Breath Work. I created therapeutic programs that allowed clients to commit to their process and truly heal. I began giving clients a container to grow into and inevitably grow out of.
I want my clients to thrive and no longer need therapy in the same way…until, of course, they are ready to grow to their next level. This empowering framework has allowed my clients to choose change, to choose expansion, and to choose life like never before.
As a mother and wife and entrepreneur, I believe that we do not have to drive ourselves into exhaustion to thrive on all levels. I believe that we need a solid mix of play, and rest, and down time, and daydream time, along with our intentional actions in business.
- How long did it take you to reach important milestones in your business?
Immediately after hiring a mentor for my business, I began reaching milestones and growing my practice. I started doing my internal work of self-worth, and self-care, and seeing how that quickly translated into reaching my business accomplishments. Now as I see bigger levels of growth for myself and my company, I know that it is all possible with a solid foundation of internal work.
- Tell us about the start-up scares: Was there a moment where you ever seriously contemplated quitting?
I allowed myself to be visible in ways that used to terrify me. I knew that in order for me to connect to more people, I had to be seen by more people. I would play peek-a-boo with social media and my visibility. I would share something and then hide for weeks. As I became aware of this internal insecurity, I was able to work through this and all consistent visibility. Each time I reach new levels of success with my work, I revisit this core piece. When I honor and care for myself, being visible is fun and exciting.
- Did you ever fail or make a substantial mistake in business or organization? Any serious Challenges? How did you overcome and resolve it?
I believe that every ‘fail’ is still a step in the right direction. Because I put myself out there. I allowed myself to see more for myself, even if the result wasn’t exactly how i intended. I have a big connection to Gd. This helps me see a bigger picture, when things don’t go exactly as i intended.
An example of this is I was so excited to put my first workshop together. I thought it was brilliant. A mother/daughter workshop for healing body image and enveloping ourselves in self-love and self-care. I put it out there, found the place, time, etc. Advertised all over the place. Got amazing feedback about the idea for the workshop. Aaaaand no-one signed up for it!
I could’ve seen this as a fail. I could’ve written a whole story about how I’m not meant for this, blah blah blah. But the truth is, I put myself out there. By being so visible in the advertising of this workshop, I got three new private practice clients. When things don’t go exactly as planned, I pause, I reflect, and I start again.
- What action has the most impact that you’ve taken to reach your goal/s?
Hiring a Mentor and business coach. It opened the door for me seeing growth and value in myself and my company. Having someone keep me accountable for my own vision, and offering input and guidance towards the same dream has been invaluable.
- What would you tell your younger/earlier self? Any piece of advice?
Walk through fear! So cliché, but so powerful! I would also let her know that growing outside of family lines will be worth it. Just because your parents say it, doesn’t mean it’s true for you…just true for them. Love your body now!! Seriously every time I look at old pictures, I’m so saddened by the way I spoke to myself. Start your meditation practice now! It will be much harder to find space for that once you have kids. Oh and most importantly…save your concert ticket stubs. I love live music and it would’ve been a cool visual memory to reflect on!
- What the best advice YOU’VE ever received about pursuing your vision?
Dream Big!! Truly! Don’t dim the lights of your own capabilities. Let yourself really see a bigger vision for yourself. Because when you can see it, you know what to grow into and walk into. You also can see who can help guide you into the bigger direction. Sometimes we feel that we should have small dreams and goals so we can attain them. Yes, this is true, this is just a small tier of the big life cake! Allow yourself to spiral upwards into bigger dreams and bigger visions personally and professionally.
- Has having success in your business/organization or money changed you? In what ways?
Yes! The more I grow, the more grounded and grateful I feel about myself and my life. I know that my success is growing on my foundation of how I honor and show up for myself. I imagine myself like a tree growing brighter and more luscious. In order for that to happen, the roots need to grow even further into earth in order to sustain the growth of the tree. I find this metaphor for my business and life helps me also feel safe in my continued growth.
- What does a typical work day look like for you?
I am usually woken up by one of my three kids every morning. I send them off to get ready so I can have 10 minutes to myself to breathe, and create space for what my day will look like. I get out of bed happy. I find that my mood sets the tone for the whole house, so why not have it be a good one? I get the kids lunches and breakfasts ready, feed my little guy (he’s 2), and then have my girls (they are 7, and 9) watch a little show with them so i can get ready myself.
Then I take the kids to school and head of to work. By the Way, my husband is home during the whole scene, he is a great dad but usually hands off in the mornings. I see clients in my office Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 until 1. There are times within this that are set aside for my computer work and phone calls. After work I usually grab a quick bite and head over to get the kids from school.
Then my work hat is off. This is the only way to stay sane as a working mom. I used to try to juggle all of it, but that’s when I would snap and be so inpatient with the kids. Didn’t work for anyone and was definitely not productive. I’m either making dinner, helping with homework, or driving them to an afterschool activity. We are all usually home by 6. My husband comes home right around then to. We eat dinner, get kids ready for bed. I usually put the girls to bed, while my husband helps with the little guy. Then I’m free to watch a show, get some work done, or unwind by just being in a quiet house.
- How do you juggle your business and being a mom? Any great tips?
Boundaries! Boundaries! Boundaries! When I’m working, I’m not with my kids. When I’m with my kids, I’m not working. I tried to do it all the time and it’s simply not fair to myself or the kids. I would get so frustrated that they were getting in the way…and all they wanted was my attention. I actually find myself to be so much more productive with these boundaries, and so much more peaceful inside.
- Tell us about your most successful launch. What was it for and what really moved the needle for you to make it a success? (If you’re comfortable, please share if it met your goals/expectations or if it earned 5-, 6- or 7- figures.)
My biggest launch so far was when I shifted my Individual sessions into a committed 6-month program. Not only did this create such sustainable success for my clients, but it opened up my income into consistent monthly payments. At the same time, I increased my hourly rate.
- Stevie Wonder or The Beatles? (this, I personally must know.) 🙂
I love the Beatles, but if I had to choose one it has to be Stevie Wonder! The soul and passion coming out of one human is extraordinary.
Mira Rocca is an experienced and licensed Integrative Psychotherapist and Wellness Coach who is dedicated to helping individuals overcome problems with food, body image, exercise, depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, and familial issues. She helps her clients see that there is a better way to live, and guides them on a path to reach their fullest potential in life. Mira creates space for you to inhabit your body, while learning to balance your own vulnerability and inner strengths. This allows you to heal old wounds and feel more grounded and empowered in your life today. Mira’s passion lies in helping mothers heal their body and food issues so they don’t trickle down to the kids. Healing our own wounds is the most empowering and loving place we can be as moms. Believing in yourself is the best gift you can give your kids. In creating her thriving practice from the ground up, Mira is excited and passionate about mentoring others in their own empowered success. Find her at www.mirarocca.com.