Welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome, I am glad you are here! This space is about supporting other therapists and small business owners with tips, tools and resources. So take a look around, ask questions, and let's connect!

A little bit about me: My name is Mari and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Small Business Coach and Consultant, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, Supervisor, Founder of Growth Counseling Services, Author, Speaker and Workshop maven.  My passion is helping fellow therapists grow their practices and feel confident in their business skills.
Kindly and in support, Mari

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How to Handle Freebie Requests Like a (gracious) Boss

How to Handle Freebie Requests Like a (gracious) Boss

How to respond to brain pickers, "quick" questions with good boundaries and graciousness can be challengng. As small business owners we have likely been on both sides of the fence; the newbie who is just getting started with very little cash, but a whole lotta' questions, and the expert who is fielding weekly emails, text messages, PMs, and calls from what I call the "brain pickers"...

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How to be an annoying coach and turn your potential client way the eff off.

How to be an annoying coach and turn your potential client way the eff off.

Are you sick and tired of receiving inauthentic marketing junk mail in your email in box? You know the kind I'm talking about: the email subject line is a hook, the email starts off sounding as if the person knows you only to launch into their sales pitch? No one likes this kind of bait and switch...yet, why does this practice still continue to be taught by coaches as an ethical and effective marketing approach?...

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Stuff Happens: The Personal Side of Private Practice

Stuff Happens: The Personal Side of Private Practice

Do personal challenges = professional shame for therapists? Is there too much negative competition in the clinical field? And, what if we take regular self care time away, like a 5th week off, and then end up in financial ruin? Or what happens when the shitty seasons of life hit? What happens when the personal impacts the professional? Unexpected stuff. Heartbreaking stuff. Infuriating stuff. Shaming stuff. Scary stuff. Deflating stuff. Hurtful stuff. Keeping it real in this blog...

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Therapist Fees: One Size Does Not Fit All

Therapist Fees: One Size Does Not Fit All

High fee, low fee, sliding scale, insurance, fee for service only? Ah, the clinical debate continues. In this blog, I offer a different perspective that challenges the current group think on charging your worth. I also invite other clinicians to share their own perspectives so that together we can begin to change the discourse on how we "should" be discussing money, fees, and so forth in the clinical community.  My hope is that this blog will inspire each of us to make room for, and consider many points of view. NOTE: If you feel triggered in reading through this, I hope you will not personalize or "kill the messenger." Instead, do what you need to do to take care of yourself as a professional business person. One size does not fit all...

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The Damned if you do, Damned if you don't dance

The Damned if you do, Damned if you don't dance

What is a healthy vs. unhealthy highly sensitive person? We don't grow as individuals simply from the sunshine and butterfly's of life. In order to evolve, we need to understand and own our shit, seek out healing when needed, and lean into the challenging bits of human interaction at times, and not personalize or make up a story about the others intentions based on our own wounds. It is hard work, but possible work...

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Are you a Perfectly Imperfect Professional? Then Freaking Hurray for you (and me)!

Are you a Perfectly Imperfect Professional? Then Freaking Hurray for you (and me)!

Warning: If you expect a perfectly executed message, sunshine wrapped up in a rainbow, zero profanity, and impeccable sentence structure, then run quickly away as this imperfect blog post will likely disappoint or offend or both. I've got a rescue kitten perched on my belly currently who is playing with this keyboard and I'm not moving him...

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Thoughts on Incorporating your Private Practice

Thoughts on Incorporating your Private Practice

One of the topics that comes up frequently in my coaching sessions is if a therapist "should" incorporate their practice. There are pros and cons to incorporating a private practice. And there are laws and mandates within most states, including my state of California, that a licensed MFT, LCSW, and PhD must adhere to. The following information is provided as a non-expert overview on this complex topic of private practice...

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