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InspHERational Woman: Dorothy Ratusny

I met Dorothy Ratusny at Joshua Zuchter’s 4 Masters 1 Mind event in Toronto not too long ago. I was immediately drawn to Dorothy’s Energy. She was shining on stage. It was an amazing experience because it was like seeing the person I should become. She’s one of the few other INFJs I have had the pleasure of meeting, and I just knew she was an INFJ before she filled out her Myers-Briggs Type lol. I LOVE her job! Her answers are so deep and beautiful! Keep reading to be inspired!

Name: Dorothy Ratusny

Your Current Role: Psychotherapist and Author

Company/Organization: http://www.dorothyratusny.com

What is your Myers-Briggs type?  INFJ!


What would the range of pay be for a person in your job position/year?

This is largely dependent on rates/hours worked + whether someone works in private practice or for an organization – so it can vary.

Why do you love your job?

I love being able to help others…to help them think differently about their self, others, and the world.  I feel grateful that I am able to inspire them to make positive changes in their lives – particularly as most people come to therapy when they are experiencing a challenge or difficult time in their life, and/or when they are looking to make a long lasting change.  Having the opportunity to teach clients skills, tools, and strategies for improving and changing their lives – is incredibly rewarding.

I love that I am making a difference in the world by affecting the lives of others in a positive way.

Not limited to just my job, I love the freedom I have created for myself – I have time to work with clients, as well as time for writing (I am currently working on a third and fourth book simultaneously:  ‘Wisdom: A guidebook for developing your connection with the Divine’    and   ‘Wisdom for Teens:  A spiritual guidebook for creating and living an incredible life’   as well as time for exercise, “play“, and time for my own continued spiritual growth.  (I am currently working on a PhD in Metaphysics)

Metaphysics is concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being in the world.  It is called the ‘first philosophy’ by Aristotle and is based on: (1) the study of ontology: the study of being and existence, (2) natural theology: the study of God, the Divine and the numerous creation of spiritual questions; and (3) universal science – the study of the first principles and universal laws.

Can you let me know the story of how you got to where you are in your career?

There are many paths that ultimately take us to where we are….following your heart and doing what you most love is the simplest and yet truest form …and yet – it’s important to consistently be ‘checking in’ to see if what you are doing is still right and best for you.

I got to where I am in my career largely from creating it in my mind first by visualizing (seeing) what it is that I wanted.  I also still constantly re-examine where I would like to be – and checking in with my own ‘inner wisdom’ to make sure I am following my calling.

On a practical level, I started out in University taking 5 varied 1st year courses which ‘sounded’ interesting; and then quickly discovered which of those five I did not enjoy.  I made the decision to drop two courses in first semester and was left looking at what course(s) I could ‘pick up’ to replace those.  What seemed interesting at the time was a 2nd year Abnormal Psychology course.  It was within the very first class that I knew I wanted to learn more about psychology…….and so began my journey.

What are your passions?

I enjoy life!

My passions are (in random order): reading, writing, my work as a Psychotherapist which allows me to help others heal on varying levels, my loved ones, animals, nature, exercise (and particularly feeling strength and power in my body whether that is through running, weight training, yoga, or a brand new activity), spiritual growth, learning, laughing, travel adventures, having new experiences, and living in the moment.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Give me the real lowdown of your work experience. Does your work experience, since you were young, reflect your passions or did you have to chip away and discover them (your diamond in the rough)?

I believe that we all have a greater purpose to our lives.  Our life has meaning and fulfillment when we can live that “purpose” on a daily basis – whether it is what we do in our vocation or job, or outside of our work.

My work experience is the culmination of my passions and my life’s purpose.  (And it isn’t just a solitary work experience).  I am able to fulfill my purpose through many mediums – as a Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Author, Speaker, and most of all – in being ‘loving of spirit’ in each moment.

In my book, “Live Your Life Purpose: A guidebook for creating and living a purposeful life” I talk about how we can come to know what our true purpose is – and how to live it!

Most people have never considered that they are gifted and skilled in many ways that point them to one or more particular vocations or professions.  What allows them to feel excited and passionate about is often a huge clue to what their purpose is.

I have been fortunate that I have always stayed true to what I most enjoy doing.  This has guided me in my educational pursuits and in the kind of work that I now do.  What’s important to remember is that each of us has a unique set of talents and innate skills, that if we tap into, helps form a particular direction for the rest of our life.

Tell me about your educational training and what sacrifices you had to make, if any, to obtain it.

Undergrad: University of Toronto-Psychology and Masters: York University-Exercise and Health Science

My educational training has been very positive!  I was raised to value education and to appreciate our ability to never stop learning and I very much live by these principles.  I did have to pay for the majority of my undergraduate education, and my entire post-graduate education.  To that end, I have always worked through University – sometimes two and three p/t jobs to support my living (on campus) and school expenses.  It wasn’t always easy….but I value my appreciation of ‘earning my education’ through my hard work and discipline.

It’s 7am! Give me the scoop on what your typical day is like (the glamorous and not so glamorous parts).

At 7am, I’ve been up for more than 2 hours already.  That’s right!  I’m a morning being!  I begin usually with feeding my pets and a lengthy meditation/journaling session.  Then: morning exercise, breakfast and usually working on my next book.  At some point thereafter I leave for work.  My work days are long but incredibly rewarding.  At day’s end I love to get quiet and introspect.  And of course….I also love sleep!

What do you WISH YOU KNEW at 18 that you now know with regards to your CAREER?

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ I learn new things everyday – simply by being open and observing for messages and knowledge in everything around me.  I don’t know that I would wish I knew something at 18 that I know now.   Everything is a journey and one must be willing to ‘begin’ that journey of learning and exploration in order to reveal the incredible gifts of our life.  Part of what allows us to appreciate where we are in our life is to experience the journey of learning “through the experience”.  It’s another way of remembering that the journey is far more important than where one ends up.

How does your chosen job IMPACT your community and the WORLD?

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ By helping people to heal, grow and evolve I am empowering them to live their life to the fullest.

By helping people become MORE ….their life changes, and in turn the lives of those they touch is affected in positive ways.

One of my goals is to create positive change throughout the world.  I see the potential for this through my written and spoken word – and for the incredible shift that is occurring throughout the world. More so now than at any other time in the history of the world, people are willing to acknowledge and develop a spiritual path for themselves.  They are opening up to the notion that there is something more to their lives than what they have been living and they are looking and seeking that MORE

A big part of what I teach is the notion of conscious awareness  – the ability to be present and AWAKE in one’s life; and also the notion of LIFE PURPOSE – to be able to identify and pursue that which makes us happy, joyful, and what we feel most passionate about.

What are the best RESOURCES you’ve found for a person looking into the Psychotherapy field?

I would recommend that someone look at the kind of jobs they think they would most enjoy and then work backwards from there to figure out what kind of training and education they require.  Talking to others in the field they are interested in would help tremendously as well.

What are the 5 most important skills needed to excel at your job?

  • Compassion
  • Listening skills
  • Honesty and willingness to express truthfulness at all times
  • Ability to read/observe body language and behaviour
  • Intention to help clients

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