In light of the recent news regarding allegations toward Bassel van der Kolk, Mari A. Lee, LMFT, CSAT-S discusses the trend in our clinical field with respect to colleague worship, privilege, power dynamics and outlines ways to heal our therapeutic community...Read More
Welcome to The Coach's Blog!
Welcome fellow clinicians and small business owners! My name is Mari and I love providing coaching support. The Counselor's Coach Blog is a place to find free practical tips and solid tools for building and growing your practice - along with some authentic, keepin' it real, no bullshit thoughts on business life. Please introduce yourself below, and take a moment to share about your journey as an entrepreneur, and...enjoy!
The #MeToo movement is not about promoting yourself, your debate, your ego, or anything else except what benefits survivors. It is time for therapists who are doing this to hit the pause button and to examine what is motivating these kinds of questionable marketing ploys...Read More
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
Starting a private practice often feels like a daunting undertaking for most therapists with many confusing steps along the way. 28 successful therapists and diverse experts in private practice share their top tips as a support to our clinical community. Great info for those who are new to the field or are new to private practice....Read More
I recently met with 6 entrepreneurs and picked their brains about what they wished their friends and family members knew, but have not had the guts to share until now. Are you a small business owner, or are you a spouse, partner, friend or family member of a small business owner? If so, this may offer you some eye opening (and heart opening) information to consider...Read More
More and more therapists are reporting that they are being targeted by a new "therapist directory" scam. Mari A. Lee, LMFT, CSAT-S has written this blog as a support to colleagues to describe what this unethical and illegal trend is, and to share important steps to take in order to protect yourself and potential therapy clients...Read More
Wondering how to approach your colleagues for help in marketing your offerings? Want to do so without turning people off or leaving people feeling pressured? If so, this blog is for you boss babe!Read More
Leaning in to new opportunities and next steps is part of every small business owner and private practice therapist experience. Mari A. Lee, The Counselor's Coach shares a practical tool that helps private practice therapists who are ready to grow other areas of their business, or those who would like to take the leap into private practice, learn to lean in to the risk in order to get to the reward.Read More
Plagiarism and copy catting is a dirty little secret in the clinical profession. Mari Lee, LMFT, seasoned therapist and trusted business coach, outlines steps and strategies to set up solid boundaries to protect your ideas and content.Read More
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"...Read More
Are therapists raking in the big bucks charging $150 - $200 per session? I break down what an average therapy fee looks like after taxes and expenses, as well as what therapists actually do besides sitting in a comfy chair after the clinical hour...Read More
Lately I've noticed that the art of thanking professional colleagues for their support seems to be on the decline. Call me old fashioned, but I think expressing gratitude is so important - especially in our fast paced digital world. And especially between healing professionals...Read More
It is a joy and pleasure to highlight the good work of guest blogger: Sharon Martin, LCSW. Sharon facilitates a wonderful blogging workshop for therapists who are ready to embrace their inner blogger and discussed writing with confidence in this blog. Enjoy!Read More
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?...Read More
Have you ever wondered what your therapy clients think about the way you dress? This is a fun blog asking NON therapists what they think their therapist should be wearing in the clinical setting...Read More
In a sea of marketing promises, how does a therapist decide if a business coach is worth their investment? This blog will help you separate the legit from the bullshit. I believe it is wise to have a road map to follow when choosing where to spend your valuable time and hard earned dinero...Read More
Are you struggling with father's day? If so, you are not alone. This is not a fun filled day of celebration for every son or daughter. If you have a story that is challenging, I hope this post will be of comfort, support and validation...Read More
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...Read More