We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Rebecca Harvey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Rebecca, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I tend to think of risk as a the biggest part of a life lived well, and a necessary part of success. Our brain is wired for fear: predict what will happen, so we can make a plan, and protect ourselves. But the problem is, fear stunts us most of the time because it tries to tell us not to disrupt what we “know to be safe.” I clearly recall, when starting my private practice, so many people asking me if I was scared. I was very confused by that question. In my mind, if something doesn’t work out, I learn from it, grow, evolve, and use that to make my next move. So why would I be scared?! Innovation and courage are my recipe for success. This approach can be frustrating at times, and does not always yield immediate success for me, but it exposes me to more opportunities, more lessons–ultimately I gain experience and wisdom. I love trying new things and putting myself out there! When I built out the meditation training part of my therapy business, I wasn’t sure anyone would want to attend. Yet each time I have led one of these series, my class is full. When I began public and corporate speaking, I had no idea if it would take off, but it sounded fun and felt like a natural fit, with my theatre background. I have been fortunate enough to have recurrent speaking opportunities with so many wonderful top ranking international companies. To be fair, not every “swing” is a “hit,” but I choose to focus on the successes in my efforts and quickly move past those that are a “miss.” Mindset is everything. More recently, I published my first book, “Divorcing in Love: Ending Your Relationship With Intentional Actions Based in Love.” I ran into so many issues with my publishing printer, that now several months later, I’m still trying to iron out the print issues. I don’t love that the project I worked so many years to complete did not launch in it’s most ideal version…but I learned more lessons than I could have imagined, and will use that knowledge to support my next book publications. I often remind myself that one day, this frustrating obstacle will be a distant and humorous memory. Choosing to keep my thoughts in that positive-focused space eases the negative emotions that might otherwise take over. Faith is another big part of my comfort in taking risks. I have faith that things are always working out for my best interest (even when I can’t yet see it). The interesting thing is, faith is the opposite of fear. Because I choose to keep my focus on faith, fear does not guide my decisions. This frees me up to learn new things, try new things, and figure out what I like. If something isn’t working, or isn’t working any longer, I move on to the next thing. I don’t have to view it as “failure,” so I never have to fear failure. I choose to view life and my career as an unfolding journey…and I try to stay grateful and present to the entire experience along the way. That makes taking risks fun!
What should our readers know about your business?
Dr. Rebecca Harvey is a neurobiologically-focused existential psychologist who specializes in providing a highly personalized therapy experience for her private practice clients. Her work as a psychologist and corporate speaker is aimed at improving life satisfaction by reducing the stress and drama caused by emotional reactivity and healing trauma, through neural interventions. Her clinical experience has placed her in a variety of settings, ranging from private practice and community mental health, to hospitals and prisons. Having worked with a very diverse population of clients, she offers a non-judgmental and welcoming style that puts people at ease. Dr. Harvey’s therapeutic approach incorporates a variety of interventions, including mindfulness and meditation, interpersonal neurobiology, EFT, EMDR, Gestalt, somatic interventions, and other modalities that support cultivation of self-compassion and improvement of the mind-body connection. Outside her office hours, Dr. Harvey assists clients and community members by supporting their development of a meditation practice and offering education on the neurobiology of emotional regulation. She does this through her company Heart Warriors, in which she has offered Heart Warrior Meditation Trainings since 2015. Dr. Harvey’s trainings include a 5 week Beginning Mediation Series, 5 week Advancing Meditation Series, and Meditation for Anxiety Management workshop. As a regular corporate speaker at several top international companies, Dr. Harvey educate leaders and employees on the importance of mindfulness and meditation for emotional regulation. Dr. Harvey has presented twice for CCPA and has recurrent speaking engagements with Capital One, AT&T, Deloitte, and Associa to support their wellness and diversity education during annual conferences and focused summits, as well as virtual support during the current COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on her various speaking specialities or to inquire about her services, visit her website: DrRebeccaHarvey.com. Dr. Harvey has additional specialization in assisting individuals who are contemplating, moving through, or healing from divorce. This is done by helping clients connect with their deeper goal of happiness and well-being and keeping this goal at the forefront during the divorce process. She touts cultivation of mindfulness, or mind-body presence, as well as compassion and forgiveness as significant factors in maintaining a commitment to a loving divorce process. She recently published her first book, Divorcing in Love: Ending Your Relationship with Intentional Actions Based in Love, which hit number 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list within 24 hours of release. This book can be purchased in hard copy or e-book at your major book retailers, including Amazon, where it is current free to Kindle members through the end of August. https://www.amazon.com/Divorcing-Love-Warriors-Relationship-Intentional/dp/1098303806/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2QDZ03HXT4ZXB&dchild=1&keywords=divorcing+in+love+rebecca+harvey&qid=1596599440&sprefix=divorcing+in+%2Caps%2C172&sr=8-1 Please contact Dr. Harvey for corporate speaking engagements or client referrals.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love different areas of Dallas for different reasons. When my friends from California come to visit, I like to take them to a few different areas. We always hit Taco Diner in West Village for their meat filled queso. According to them, it’s the best! Deep Ellum is always on our list for music, drinks, or dancing! I also love going to brunch at Origin or Le Bilbouquet. Shopping in Highland Park Village is a must, followed by food at The Honor Bar. Lastly, I would be sure to hit a sushi spot, likely Shensei.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shout out goes to my clients–I am inspired and motivated by each of them (and their commitment to healing) to continue growing in my skills and therapeutic tools. I also owe my clients huge thanks for the continue referral stream they created. Approximately 75% of my clients come from past client referrals.
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