Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in mental wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dr. Julie Osborn, Doctor of Psychology and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, based in Irvine, CA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I have a private practice in Irvine, CA. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have my Doctorate in Psychology. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and have been in private practice since 2000. I mostly work with adults; I do see some teenagers and couples.

Tell us about yourself

I was one of the lucky ones who always knew what I wanted to do. I was working at UCI and started my private practice one day a week until it grew enough to go full-time. What motivates me daily is seeing my clients grow and delivering the tools of CBT on my podcast. I truly believe in how well CBT works, and knowing I can be of service and make a difference for others is humbling and very gratifying. I am so curious about others and their story and how I can help them live happier lives. I feel grateful I get to do the work I do with others.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is that my business has built itself over the years and the success I have had helping others.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

The hardest thing about being a business owner is not to get overwhelmed with managing everything yourself. It is important to have support and a work/life balance. Self-care helps you be well so you can be there for others.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

If you are in my field, I would suggest having a specialty. There are so many therapists; you need to stand out. It is important to be a part of social media, especially a website. Also, I would take time to be clear in your goals and intention for your business, whether it will bring you joy and align with your values.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I am grateful for all the people who have trusted me with their raw emotions and trusted me to help them along the way. I still get excited after all of these years teaching CBT, and especially now, with my podcast, I hear from people all over the world.

Where can people find you and your business?


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