The Wellful Welcomes Jennifer Silvershein Teplin!
Jennifer is a licensed psychotherapist and founder of Manhattan Wellness, a boutique psychotherapy private practice located in NYC! Jennifer also runs an instagram account @manhattan.wellness where she and her team use this platform sharing life tips anywhere from dating, confidence, and life transitions.
I’m Jennifer Silvershein Teplin, the founder of Manhattan Wellness a boutique psychotherapy practice in Flatiron specializing in supporting young professionals.
What does health mean to you?
To me, health is a multifaceted idea that is ever changing due to my priorities at the given time and new information I am always gathering. I believe health means living a well rounded conscious existence where you make choices that support and encourage your own wellbeing. Over the years health has taken on different meanings – whether its emotional health or physical health I believe that if your priorities are aligned with wellness you will always feel supported.
How did you get started and what inspired you to start your business?
Growing up I was always told that it was worth taking a risk and that if i paid close attention to my experiences I would sense a need for something and if I tried hard enough I could create it. In 2015 I was working at a private practice and realized that there was no specific space for young professionals to receive treatment catered to their needs. I spent the following year researching the curated mental health supports for that community and through that work Manhattan Wellness was born. My goal was to create a space that I wish I had when I was younger – a space where there was an expert eager and ready to hear my story and help me write a beautiful next chapter. While my practice began as just myself, we have grown to 6 providers and recently build out our own custom suite so that our clients can arrive and relax ahead of their session.
What was the biggest challenge you faced in this process and how did you keep yourself motivated?
The fear of making the wrong choice. For the first few years of my business I was taking endless risks and making choices that went against what those before me said were correct. While I knew my gut never steered me wrong before, creating this private practice was the largest risk I had ever taken. With each next decision or slight risk I would close my eyes and say yes – and of course it always worked out. After about 10 mini-risks I finally realized that there was no wrong choice and that instead the only wrong choice would be ignoring my intuition and doing like everyone else.
What is the most important message you want your viewers to receive through your platform?
Through our platform we want our viewers to know they’re not alone in whatever they are experiencing. Our platform is ever changing – we’ve recently added videos with tips and tricks that we teach in therapy so that those who are unable to come in for a session can get a flavor of what our practice is like. We try to adjust based on of what our followers and population need at any given time.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Don’t allow the fear of failure to keep you from trying.
What is your favorite way to relax?
I love nothing more than taking my dog, Cameron, on a walk through Washington Square Park. I also hold true to a relaxing morning and evening routine. In the morning I wake up a bit earlier than needed so that I can carve out time for myself…I find that as the day goes on more and more new priorities and tasks start to show up so If I’m able to get my own personal needs met early then I’m ready to support others.
What advice would you give to your early 20’s self?
Comparison does not serve confidence. In my early 20’s I looked towards others to show me what was cool and over time I’ve learned that being different is what makes someone interesting. I try check in with myself throughout each day to make sure that I’m living my life in the way that I believe is best, not based off of any other expectations.
What’s something you are currently obsessed with? (could be anything that comes to your mind! Object, things, place, restaurant, product)
Bomba Socks!!! Olive & June manicure kit, Revlon blow dryer brush, Papier for a beautiful journal – when the world slows down I, encourage everyone to slow down with it and make the time to reflect.
Current tv show?
The Morning Show
I always read multiple books at once – typically one clinical and one for funsies, Setting Boundaries Will Set You Free by Nancy Levin & Nine Perfect Strangers.
I love listening to the daily on my walk to work to catch up on what is happening in the world. I also love the mind body green podcast – they have on such interesting guests that broaden my understanding of topics that I may not have sought out myself.
Where can the audience find you and what are you most currently up to? (share handle, current podcasts, books)