By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Charlise Latour was working a high-stress, corporate job in North Carolina when she suffered a stroke that took one-quarter of the vision in her right eye.
Instead of going to the hospital, though, Latour kept working. She was an operations analyst for American Express, clocking 60-70 hour weeks while going to school and raising kids.
“It was pretty intense,” Latour admits of that time in her life.
She eventually called her doctor, who referred her to an ophthalmologist. The ophthalmologist told her to drop everything and come in right away. That’s when Latour found out she’d had a stroke.
It was a clear sign she needed rest, but Latour said she didn’t know how to slow down.
“It was scary and shocking and I didn’t know how to stop,” she said. “It wasn’t until I went for a normal checkup with a psychologist and he helped me stop that I realized there was a whole bunch of my life that I didn’t like.”
Latour took a hiatus from work and focused on herself, but when she returned to American Express three months later, she fell into the same harried routine. So she quit.
“It took me a while to decide what I wanted to do,” she said. “Eventually I went back to school and became a transpersonal psychologist – it’s about helping normal people become even better.”
Latour now operates a small practice at the Holistic Center in Tupelo, helping people face changes in their lives and reaching their maximum potential. She uses techniques like counseling, hypnotherapy, meditation and Reiki.
She tailors her approach to the individual depending on their circumstances and personality.
This is Latour’s 12th year in business. She ran her practice for a decade in North Carolina before moving to Tupelo two years ago to be near her then-husband’s family.
“It’s a great place to be,” she said of her new community.
Most of Latour’s clients come to her because of problems in their relationships, with their jobs or with stress. These core issues can produce a host of symptoms – smoking, overeating, depression – that prevent people from achieving fulfillment.
Everyone must face change in their lives, Latour said. It’s a natural fact of the human existence. But deep-set patterns and subconscious fears can hinder that process, she said. Her job is to help people identify those underlying issues and free them to make the transition.
“A lot of my clients wake up one day and look around and say, ‘How did I get here? I’m not really happy,’” Latour said. “The choice is to stay where you are and ignore what’s going on or to choose a different path.”