How I went from broke to bossy
When I decided I wanted to be a marriage therapist, I assumed I would be able to make money doing it.
I mean, you needed a Master's degree to be one - and it seemed like a pretty important job.
When I got into my Master's program, no one talked about money.
My professors didn't bring it up.
My classmates didn't ask about it.
So I kept my mouth shut about money.
And then I got my first job offer.
$20 per session.
I would have to see more than 50 clients a week to make what I was making as a bartender.
I went home that night and told my husband, "I'll be slinging vodka clubs forever."
I was half joking, and half scared shit-less that it was true.
After days of kicking myself for not asking questions about money sooner, I got more serious about making my private practice dreams come true.
I listened to every podcast, joined every facebook group, and signed up for every free resource I could.
After a year of working two jobs and 55+ hours a week, I left my first therapy job to open my own private practice. As a pre-licensed counselor.
I opened my practice in December of 2018.
In the short time since then:
I've upgraded my office space 3 times
I've hired employees
I've brought on interns
I started a second business
I make enough money to not only pay my bills, but also: to travel, to put money in the stock market, and use my money to support other small businesses.
I make enough money to volunteer my time doing free therapy workshops for non-profits that I partner with.
Now, in addition to running my practice & working with couples, I help grad students on their journey to private practice so they can make the smartest decisions about their career.
I help them create a career path where they can afford to live healthy, fulfilling, fabulous lives.
I help graduate students and pre-licensed counselors learn realistic and ethical ways to plan and grow sustainable private practices that support their financial and lifestyle goals. I help counselors brainstorm ways to do pro-bono work that doesn't leave them broke and burned out. And I help them create strategies to achieve financial wellness.
Through coaching programs, workshops, and online courses I get this information to the counselors who are ready to take action and plant seeds for their future.
Why work with me? Because I know what it's like to start a private practice as a pre-licensed counselor. I did it.