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Businesses in Bloom: Therapists & Wellness Businesses Stories of Success

Businesses in Bloom is a podcast where Juliet Austin from www.julietaustin.com interviews therapists, holistic practitioners, wellness and natural health businesses on their journeys of success. These compelling stories are meant to inspire psychotherapists and health businesses in achieving greater success in their therapy private practice or wellness business. Check out all the episodes with show notes at: http://julietaustin.com/bbpodcast
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Oct 20, 2016

Dr. Trevor Cates is a naturopathic physician living in Park City, Utah. In this episode of Businesses in Bloom, Trevor explains how she came to study naturopathy through her childhood health concerns and the holistic treatment she received. She discusses becoming Dr. Spa and running a private practice while writing a book, marketing her own skin care products To get the show notes for this episode go to http://julietaustin.com/bb46.

Oct 17, 2016

Amy Weintraub is a yogini based in Tucson, Arizona. She’s the founder of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and the author of several books including, Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management and Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieving Suffering Through Yoga. In this episode of Businesses in Bloom, Amy discusses how she became a yoga instructor, and from there, a trainer and educator around yoga’s benefits to the mind and body, specifically using yoga as a way to help with depression.To get the show notes for this episode go to http://julietaustin.com/bb45.

Oct 9, 2016

Dr. Michael Stein is a cognitive behavioral therapist who specializes in exposure therapy for anxiety disorders. In this interview, he talks about building a busy private practice in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Stein explains the modality of exposure therapy, which he says is not well understood in the wider therapeutic community. To get the show notes for this show go to http://julietaustin.com/bb44.

Oct 5, 2016

Dr. Christina Hibbert is a practicing psychologist, author, Internet radio show host, and mother of six. In this interview, Christina explains how she came to practice grief and loss counseling, through her own experiences with death and depression. She discusses how she balances her private practice, writing (blogs and books), family life, and public speaking engagements. Christina has become the authority on post-partum depression and other women’s mental health concerns in the greater Flagstaff, AZ area. To get the show notes for this show go to http://julietaustin.com/bb43

Oct 5, 2016

Dr. Jill Stansbury is a naturopath and ethnobotanist, living in Battle Ground, WA. In this episode, she discusses her career as a naturopath, and her private clinic and apothecary. Jill talks about public speaking, traveling to South America on research field trips, and building her business through community engagement. To get the show notes for this episode, go to http://www.julietaustin.com/bb42.

Sep 25, 2016

Robin Shapiro has 35 years of experience as a psychotherapist and social worker, specializing in trauma therapy. In this interview, she discusses how she came to the profession, the various trauma therapy technologies she uses with clients, and how the profession has changed during her career. Robin lives in Seattle, Washington, and has written two books and edited and contributed to two others. To get the show notes for this episode, go to http://www.julietaustin.com/bb41

Sep 22, 2016

Laurie started in the field of social work 27 years ago then went back to psychology and graduated as a doctorate in psychology. In between those times, she took training for sexual therapy which she loves talking about and realized that it’s easy for her to deal with it so that’s why she specialized on it. And now Laurie is a successful business woman having clinics and staffs working for her. Let’s hear from her exciting story on how she got into this business and became successful on her practice. To get the show notes for this episode, go to http://www.julietaustin.com/bb40.

Sep 22, 2016

Dr. Leslie Korn has an international naturopathic practice. In this interview, she discusses how she came to the field of natural healing, through her own illness and healing in Mexico in the 1970s. She returned to the US for several graduate degrees in health and wellness, and then began to split her time between the US and Mexico. Leslie explains how she has been able to travel, teach, and write while keeping a private practice and a pro-bono clinic in rural Mexico. To get the show notes for this episode, go to http://www.julietaustin.com/bb39.

Sep 22, 2016

Lawrence Mitchell is a health coach who runs his own business, bringing wellness programs to stressful corporate offices in the UK. In this interview, he discusses how he came to the wellness industry, built up his business, and how to de-stress a corporate exec. Lawrence explains his philosophy around health and wellness, and offers advice to folks starting a new business. To get the show notes for this episode, go to http://www.julietaustin.com/bb38.

Sep 13, 2016

Parijat Deshpande is a perinatal wellness expert, counseling women through high-risk pregnancies. In this interview Parijat explains how she came to this work; after her own high-risk pregnancy (which kept her bed-ridden for weeks) and the very premature birth of her son, Parijat started a new business, dedicated to helping women and their partners navigate high-risk, high-stress pregnancies.

Parijat talks about the difficulties of switching niches—in her case, her career stopped with her pregnancy—and the lack of information readily available on high-risk pregnancies. She explains how she’s grown her business, and what technologies have helped this process. To get the show notes for this episode, go to http://www.julietaustin.com/bb37

Sep 13, 2016

Dr. Chris Bjorndal is a naturopath who treats patients through orthomolecular psychiatry paired with mindfulness training and other mental health counseling modalities. In the following interview, she discusses her own diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and how Western medicine failed to treat her. After a suicide attempt left her in a coma, Chris decided to look elsewhere for treatment and found an orthomolecular psychiatrist.

Eventually, Chris went back to school for naturopathy and began a practice with her husband. Chris talks about building her practice in Edmonton, Alberta, through patient referrals, professional networking, social media, and print and online writing. Dr. Bjorndal also shares some of the challenges of being a naturopath in a society where convenience and pharmacology are cultural standards. To get the show notes for this episode go to http://www.julietaustin.com/bb36

Sep 13, 2016

Robert (Bob) Taibbi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and author from Charlottesville, Virginia, with 42 years of experience, primarily in community mental health. In this interview, Bob tells how he successfully transitioned from community mental health to private practice work. He provides advice on how to set up a private practice, including the importance of finding a niche as a therapist and having a clear web presence that emphasizes your strengths and style of work, so clients know what to expect. He shows how having multiple sources of income helped facilitate his transition to private practice work, while also strengthening his career. Bob also shares his checklist for a successful first session, which is crucial to helping and keeping clients. To get the show notes for this episode to go http://www.julietaustin.com/bb35

Aug 25, 2016

Pam Dyson is a play therapist who was once an early childhood educator. In this interview, she describes her play therapy practice and the consultations and trainings she gives to other therapists. She shares the challenges she had in building a successful practice in St. Louis and then having to do it all over again when she moved to Plano, Texas. Pam is a great example of someone who has achieved success by working hard, being strategic in her marketing, and having multiple revenue sources. To get the show notes for this episode, go to http://www.julietaustin.com/bb34

Aug 12, 2016

Yolanda von Hockauf is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in Vancouver, BC. She has built a child, couple and family therapy clinic called the Vancouver Couple and Family Therapy Institute (VCFI) with her business partner, Dr. Veronica Kallos-Lilly. In the interview, Yolanda describes how they built this clinic with 10 associates.

Yolanda was a therapist in Dr. Sue Johnson's (developer of Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)) first research study of couples therapy in the 1980's. She has been practicing EFT since the early days. Yolanda and Veronica were also early trainers in EFT. VCFI offers workshops in the EFT model for couples. Yolanda and Veronica also train therapists in EFT in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

 

To get the show notes for this episode go to http://www.julietaustin.com/bb33

Aug 12, 2016

Dr. Jonathan Prousky is a naturopathic doctor in Toront0, Canada whose passion is helping people with mental health issues. He utilizes a range of natural treatments to help his clients. Dr. Prousky's philosophy is that his patients need to take an active role in their health as opposed to being passive and expecting a pill to fix their problems. He has built his practice primarily by speaking and writing. Dr. Prousky has also recently completed a Masters degree in counselling. He will soon be offering counselling services as well as naturopathic services. To get the show notes for this episode to to http://www.julietaustin.com/bb32

Jul 22, 2016

John Sovec is a psychotherapist who works with LGBT teens and their parents, particularly in the coming out process. John shares that he chose this niche because he saw a need. He discusses the issues LGBT teens face and how he built and sustains his private practice without taking insurance. Listen to this interview to hear more of his inspiring journey as well as his business strategy. To get the show notes for this show go to http://www.julietaustin.com/bb31

Jul 19, 2016

Kelly Covert discusses the life coaching business she started with her partner, Maggie Quinn calledStrong Body Whole Heart. We spent a large part of the interview discussing how Kelly and Maggie decided to go into business together and the pros and cons of having a partner. Kelly then describes her business and the services she offers. Towards the latter part of the interview, Kelly shares the challenges she and her partner have encountered and their long-term goals for their business. To get the show notes for this episode go to http://www.julietaustin.com/bb30

Jul 14, 2016

Nutritional therapist, Amy Love has an online business offering coaching and online programs to people who want to live a healthier lifestyle. She has been travelling around North America in an RV with her husband as they run their business. Amy's passion for health stems from her struggles with chronic illnesses from a young age. Eventually, she was able to improve her health substantially with alternative healing methods and diet changes. Amy has a popular blog and a community of over 200,000 followers. You can get the show notes for this episode here: http://www.julietaustin.com/bb29

Jul 13, 2016

Dr. Janet Sasson Edgette has 30 years experience as a psychologist. She is the author of 6 books - 3 focused on adolescents. One is directed towards therapists and the other two are geared towards parents. Dr. Edgette began her work in a treatment center for teens and found that the manner in which many professionals were working with teens was not effective. She finds that teens respond best using a personalized approach where the therapist uses their humanity. Listen to the interview to find out more. To get the show notes for this episode go to http://www.julietaustin.com/bb28

Jul 13, 2016

Dr. Alain Desaulniers is a chiropractic doctor in Vancouver, BC. He comes from a family of more than 43 chiropractors spread over 2 generations! Chiropractic work has become a lifestyle for his family. Alain didn't originally decide to be a chiropractor, but he does remember being told by his parents as he was growing up to make sure that whatever he did, it served a bigger idea than just himself.

Dr. Desaulniers candidly discusses the mistakes he made when he first began his private practice and how it led to him doubting his self-worth. Fortunately, he stuck with it and now runs a busy office with an associate. To get the show notes for this episode go to http://julietaustin.com/bb27

Jun 30, 2016

Dr. Jonathan Prousky is a naturopathic doctor in Toronto, Canada whose passion is helping people with mental health issues. He utilizes a range of natural treatments to help his clients. Dr. Prousky's philosophy is that his patients need to take an active role in their health as opposed to being passive and expecting a pill to fix their problems. Dr. Prousky has recently completed a Masters degree in counselling. He will soon be offering counselling services as well as naturopathic services. To get the show notes for this episode go http://julietaustin.com/bb32

Jun 14, 2016

Dr. Ellyn Bader has been practicing couples therapy for over 30 years. In this interview, she describes the evolution of her work as a couples therapist. She also discusses how she and her therapist husband, Dr. Peter Pearson, founded the Couples Institute and the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy. Dr. Bader discusses the challenges and rewards of building a private practice with associates as well as her online training programs for therapists. To get the show notes for this episode go to: http://www.julietaustin.com/bb26

Jun 1, 2016

This interview is with naturopathic doctor and psychotherapist, Dr. Ameet Aggarwal who has a private practice in Kenya, Africa. In his practice, he uses natural medicines to help heal his patients' emotional issues. He also runs mobile clinics in rural communities in Kenya providing basic medicines to those who are physically ill. To get the show notes for this episode go to http://www.julietaustin.com/bb25

May 25, 2016

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe story of building her private therapy practice with 10 associates is a textbook example of how to build a business. She knew from the beginning that she did not have business and marketing skills and therefore hired a business coach to help her start off with a strong foundation with a clear message. From there, she started offering workshops to organizations and built strong relationships with other professionals in her community.

Dr. Lapointe offers 80 workshops a year and one of her therapists now works as a community manager maintaining relationships with referral sources. If you want to know how to build a business do exactly what she has done - have a "dogged determination" and genuinely build strong relationships with others. To get the show notes for this episode to go http://www.julietaustin.com/24

May 18, 2016

Dr. Joe Kort works with clients who have a wide range of sexual issues - sexuality issues for straight, gay, and lesbian people, sexual abuse, out of control sexual behaviors, fetishes, kinks, sexual dysfunctions, issues around the use of pornography, etc. His clients are primarily men and couples, but he also works with women helping them understand their male partners.

Dr. Kort has a unique perspective on out of control sexual behaviors and does not use the term "sexual addiction" because he finds it to be "sex negative" and pathologizing. Instead, he focuses on the sexual health of his clients helping them understand their relationship to their sexual behavior.

Dr. Kort also trains therapists in working with clients around issues sexuality and offers groups on sexuality and relationship success for the public. He has several associates in his practice and is the author of several books.

You can get the show notes for this episode at http://www.julietaustin.com/bb23

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