LIMITLESS is my new portrait campaign that celebrates the power of women in business. My dream is to photograph 35 women as a way to celebrate their stories as women and business owners. We are powerful beyond measure and knowing these women and their extraordinary stories just confirm it.
Today, I want to celebrate Dr. Lisa Arango, licensed psychotherapist, educator, and relationship expert. She has developed an effective blueprint for helping women change the dynamics of their relationship and get the love and support they so desire.
Tell us about yourself. What's the story behind you and your business?
The truth is…when I first got married, I thought the hardest part (getting off the dating scene, worrying about finding someone to spend my life with, planning the wedding) was over. I knew I found the right guy and that we were committed to each other, so I put our relationship on ‘autopilot’. I definitely didn’t anticipate the struggles of merging two individual lives together. Nor did I ever expect to feel insecure or distant in a relationship ever again.
But here I was.
Having watched my parents marry and divorce a combined total of 7 times, divorce was never going to be an option for me. I knew I had to make my marriage work. And not just work. I didn’t want to just stay together for the sake of staying together, I wanted a great relationship filled with love, trust, passion, and fun; like the one I dreamed of having literally since I was a little girl.
So what did I do? How did I come to understand the issues in my relationship at a deeper level and find what works to make a good relationship great? And for a lifetime?
Well…I did what I always do. As a psychologist, I started reading and researching everything I could get my hands on about relationships. Eventually I came across attachment theory, the science of relationships, and two evidence-based therapies: Emotionally-focused Couples Therapy, and Gottman Couples method. Not only did I apply what I was learning to my own relationship and experienced transformation, but I also got trained and certified in these methods and began helping clients and couples with their relationships.
After doing individual and couples therapy for over 20 yers, I decided to create an online relationship coaching program that had the potential to reach and help people all over the world. And that's how Dr. Lisa Arango Relationship Coaching began with my signature online program, Relationship Success Academy.
If you were to define your business in one sentence, how would you do it?
I help people have secure, emotionally-connected, satisfying relationships.
What makes your offer unique?
Relationship Success Academy combines education, self-reflection, live weekly classes, and live weekly group coaching for people who prioritize their relationship and are ready to take action to make positive changes to transform their relationship. The live group coaching component provides support and feedback allowing people to be a part of a community and hear the struggles and triumphs of like-minded individuals also wanting to have a great relationship.
What future projects does your business have?
In the future, I will be running retreats in amazing locations offering a full range of relationship education, coaching, and wellness services.
Do you have any advice for women who want to start a business?
Don't try to go it alone. Ge the support and help you need to set yourself up for success.
What's your favorite quote?
"Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose". ~Victor Frankel
Why did you want to participate in this portrait campaign?
I love the idea of women supporting women.
If you want to feel appreciated, seen, and loved, without the nagging burden of worry and unhappiness, you can follow Dr Lisa at @@drlisaarango and check her work at https://www.drlisaarango.com/