Reframe & Reset Your Career Podcast

Episode 36. Mental Wellbeing Insights From A Former Investor Turned Psychotherapist – Kelly Hearn

Looking for insights into mental wellbeing from a former investor who retrained to become a psychotherapist? Kelly Hearn discussed this, her career journey and much more on Episode 36 of the Reframe & Reset Your Career podcast.

In this episode, we will learn about:

Her love of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poetry and learning to sit with uncertainty,

Overcoming the initial rejection from the finance industry to volunteer which helped when applying to business schools,

There is more than one path to success, make a decision and be open and flexible,

Working out what is important for each of us and not being purely led by external considerations,

Working in investment management and managing stress by adopting a healthy lifestyle,

The importance of self care to manage burn out and feeling overwhelmed,

Following her interest in psychology and counselling & psychotherapy to transition out of finance,

Having open and honest conversations in the work place and managing conflict which may arise,

Reframing conflict, approaching it constructively and learning about each other’s perspective,

Managing emotions that arise  and understand your part in conflict,

Looking at potential ways to change your role at your current employer before looking outside,

Don’t just use the traditional methods when job hunting, approach it like an investigative journalist, and

Taking action helps you gain more information to shape your job search.

Kelly spent the first two decades of her professional life in the left-brain world of finance. After completing an MBA at Columbia Business School in New York, she moved to London to help establish one US investment fund, and then another, in Europe.

At some point along the way, Kelly turned her analytical focus away from spreadsheets and annual reports to the existential questions of everyday life.

Kelly spent two years pursuing writing as a means for exploration while completing an MA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing at City University, London. She then trained at the Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) in London.

A registered member of the BACP and UKCP, Kelly has wide experience working with individual, couple and corporate clients within the NHS, private practice and at The School of Life. She is also an avid ‘sanity walker’ and yogi.

She is currently the co founder of Examined Life, which is a collective of therapists committed to innovation in the theory and practice of psychotherapy.

Kelly and I talked about questioning and understanding what is important, she said: “At some point, we need to stop following the rules and the externally set path and say what’s important to me and ask ourselves the really simple questions what do I love to do, what gives me energy, what do I get excited about, if I’m not moving in that direction, why not?”.


Resources & People Mentioned

Letters To A Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke


Mary Oliver

David Whyte


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