Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in mental wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dr. Jennifer Vasquez, Co-Founder of Inspired Practice LLC., located in Austin, TX, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
At Inspired Practice, the process of aligning mind, body, and spirit is achieved through integrative health and wellness. Inspired Practice offers psychotherapy and yoga therapy services for individuals, couples, families, and groups across Texas. At Inspired Practice, we believe in person-centered, solution-focused care that meets you where you are and gets you where you want to be. Our psychotherapy and yoga therapy services are designed to collaboratively identify needs, explore challenges, and create solutions. Using evidence-based techniques, our Therapists deliver measurable, high-quality, personalized services that lead to sustainable, long-term results.
Tell us about yourself
I am a somatic psychotherapist and yoga therapist who specializes in working with clients who have experienced trauma. Anything from car accidents, falls, and surgery to not having your needs met, experiencing abuse, and even witnessing something traumatic can lead to patterns of tension and stress in the body. I love supporting clients as they let go of what is no longer serving them and release what is getting in the way of them creating the life they want.
I am passionate about making trauma therapy a more sustainable profession, reducing burnout and secondary traumatic stress while increasing compassion satisfaction, which is about the positive feelings therapists experience when they help clients make a difference in their lives.
My professional experience in the field, as well as my research about what supports therapists in their clinical work, inspired me to create a group therapy practice that supports therapists to have the training, supervision, and encouragement they need to thrive. This helps them show up more fully in the work they do and serve their clients more effectively. That foundation allows our clients to benefit from working with therapists who look forward to seeing their clients, are passionate about what they do, and have the tools and support needed to be effective in their work.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment has been to create this family-owned business with my son Elijah Thompson, LMSW, after he completed his Master's Degree in Social Work from New York University.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the hardest things as a business owner is to remember to maintain a work-life balance. It is so important to me to model in my own life what I teach my team and my clients. An important part of making therapy a sustainable profession where therapists can thrive is to practice self-care. I have a yoga therapy practice that I do every morning that includes moving my body, focusing on my breath, and meditating on my favorite beach. It's so peaceful! Taking that time to check in with me each morning on the mat is truly an investment in my wellness. I encourage everyone to spend a few minutes every day taking care of themselves and doing something they love.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Spend some time reflecting on what brings you joy. Think about how you can spend more time doing that and sharing it with others. Create a solid business plan so you can make your dream a reality.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Inspired Practice is accepting new clients. To learn more about what we do and schedule a free 15-minute consultation, visit: https://www.inspiredpractice.com/what-we-do
Inspired Practice is also hiring exceptional Psychotherapists and Yoga Therapists! To learn more, visit: inspiredpractice.com/careers.
Where can people find you and your business?
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