And I get that.
When I started my first business over 20 years ago, a counseling practice, I thought money was toxic. I didn't want to talk about it. I didn't want to think about it. I didn't want to touch it.
I didn't want money to get in the way of my relationship with clients in any way.
Because, after all, I wasn't in this for the money. I was in this because I wanted to help people, and that's all that mattered.
But there were a lot of things I didn't know back then.
I didn't know how to think like a business owner, or that my business had to make money to survive.
I didn't know that money was a therapeutic issue too, just like everything else in the client relationship, and that because I avoided talking about it completely meant I made MY discomfort, my clients' discomfort.
And I didn't know that my love/hate relationship with money was hurting my family, and myself, in ways I couldn't even see.
Not a great start for a successful business, for sure.
As a licensed clinical social worker, my graduate school training meant I understood a lot about human behavior, family dynamics, and personality development.
But it also meant I felt guilty about making money, and knew nothing about running a business.
So, in my first year alone, I lost over $13,000 in unpaid counseling work. With no systems, no boundaries, and no clarity on my own value - I gave away too much of myself. And I paid for it.
But I learned.
Over the years, with a combination of life experience, expensive mistakes, and some really good coaching, I learned how to run a business that works.
I established, grew and managed a successful group psychotherapy practice with 10-12 outstanding providers who each ran a business in her own right.
I launched an adventure-based business that taught women how to find the courage they already had, and turn it into the confidence they needed to do big things in their lives.
I ran for and served in public office, while launching a major conference for girls and a leadership conference for women.
I figured out who I was, and what I was about.
Today, I'm clear on what I bring to the table, and I own my authority.
Today, I know that we can't help others when we are hurting ourselves, and that being imperfect doesn't mean being broke.
Today, I run a six-figure business that serves me as well as it serves my clients - and I no longer apologize for that.
Today, I want to help you do that too.
If you have a Big Idea about your business, but aren't sure where to start...
If you have been at this for a while but keep running into dead ends...
If you've run a practice for years that no longer feeds your soul, and you're ready to figure out what's next...
I'd love to help.
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Like what you see? Feel the whisper of your inner voice? Hungry for something better?