Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in mental wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dr. Kristin Davin, a Clinical Psychologist based in New York, NY, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am in private practice and provide psychological services to individuals and couples. My customers are people who want to learn how to make sustainable changes in their life. I help people manage the ups and downs of life, create more joy and optimism and build healthier relationships both personally and professionally.
Tell us about yourself
I worked for both the private and public mental health sectors in a variety of positions. My desire to become a psychologist wasn't one that I thought about or planned on - at least initially. I did many things before I became a psychologist. My business evolved and continues to evolve over time and a lot of training and education. I find myself in a fortunate position - as I have significant energy and passion for what I do for a living, which creates intrinsic motivation every day for me.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment is being able to work with and help people every day make sustainable changes in their life. There is an inherent sense of joy in my job when people ask me to become part of their life to help them get to a better place. The other accomplishment is being able to work on different social media platforms to reach more people who need help. I also am not hesitant to pivot and learn new things and seek out help from others in our ever-changing world.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of my biggest challenges is making sure you connect with others. As a solo practitioner, you are the only person doing the work and have to be your own cheerleader on many days. Recognizing this helps you put certain things in place. Also, being a therapist means that you hold the emotional space for all of your clients. You have to make sure that you set healthy boundaries and employ self-care on a regular basis to ensure longevity.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Get a good mentor.
- Recognize your strengths and your challenges (what you don't know or are not that good at) so that you outsource areas you need to instead of trying to do it all your own (for example, marketing, social media, etc.).
- Have a good support network.
- Be kind to yourself through the process as there are often ups and downs and many 'fits and starts.
- Don't be afraid to fail.
- Face your fears and learn how to move through them.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I added a few more than 3 things. For me, and like the people I help, we are all a work in progress. There is much to be learned. Create space for yourself. Have a growth mindset. Don't forget to have fun in your life!
Where can people find you and your business?
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