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Meet Rebecca Clegg of Authentic Living in Buckhead

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Clegg.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Rebecca. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a psychotherapist and author who specializes in working with women and helping them heal their relationship with food and body image. This is my passion because I once too had an eating disorder, and I know first hand how destructive eating disorders are to the lives of those individuals who are struggling with them.

I knew very early on in my own path of recovery that when I was recovered, I wanted to help others who were trying to recover from disordered eating. It was a way for me to transform a story of pain and struggle into one of triumph and meaning. Now, I have the honor of watching countless others walk their own path of recovery and go on to do amazing things with their lives.

Has it been a smooth road?
When I first started my private practice and went into business for myself, I had years of school and training in psychology. I knew how to be a therapist. I did not, however, have any background in business or marketing, so low and behold, I found myself running a company with very little understanding of what that entailed.

I believe that because I had to navigate my way out of something as complex and complicated as an eating disorder, I inherently understood the value of perseverance and mindset. Years of my own work, focusing on my mindset and my self-efficacy gave me the gift of belief in my ability to do hard things. Let me tell you, this is no small thing.

If we never struggle, we never get the opportunity to experience ourselves as capable and connect to that grit that lives in all of us. I believe that when it came to running a business, I may not have known anything about business itself, but I understood that I was capable of learning, growing and overcoming. I had dealt with a circumstance far more formidable and seen my way to the other side, so I did not doubt my ability to do the same when it came to developing my career.

I quickly realized my dilemma and immediately sought assistance from marketing and business coaches and consultants. I spent the early years of my career as a therapist doing therapy during the day and learning how to run a business at night. It was two full-time jobs, but I knew that if I didn’t commit myself to truly understanding the basics of business development and marketing I would always be at the mercy of other people, and I didn’t want to abdicate that kind of knowledge. I can honestly say, it was one of the greatest investments I have made in myself and my business to date. The freedom that comes from being self-reliant is something you can not put a price tag on.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of as a company? What sets you apart from others?
Today, I have a thriving private practice where I continue to help women in recovery. I also work as a consultant for therapists who are in private practice and are seeking coaching in business development and marketing for their practices. I love empowering the future healers and clinicians because they are valuable resources for the healing of the greater whole. I am really lucky that I get to wear many different hats in my career, as it keeps me constantly growing and learning.

I recently published my first book, Ending The Diet Mindset (available on amazon.com), which aims to reach a broader audience and prevent women from developing or continuing disordered eating patterns. I also work as a Program Development Consultant, helping larger Eating Disorder Treatment Centers establish and develop programs at a residential and outpatient level. Lastly, I have the joy of being able to teach and speak around the country educating families, clients, and clinicians in the treatment of eating disorders, body image, and women’s empowerment.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes! Atlanta is thriving. I’ve never seen this city so alive, and I believe with that growth comes a great opportunity. I am excited to see all the new local and small businesses opening up around the smaller neighborhoods in the city. The culture and diversity in this city makes it ideal for therapists in particular who want to create a niche for themselves.

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