Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in mental wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Shaudi Adel, Clinical Director of Centered Mind Therapy, located in San Diego, CA, USA.

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

Centered Mind Therapy is a telehealth platform that connects clients with a therapist or life coach that will help them discover healing and build a balanced life. Our team of therapists helps clients remain in the present moment, make meaningful space for their emotions, to identify and release unhelpful thoughts, and to support them in developing a sense of mastery over their lives through mindfulness and taking action.

Tell us about yourself

I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of California Irvine. I began my career with a strong emphasis on clinical research focused on improving mental health treatment methods. I received a Masters of Social Work degree from San Diego State University. Over the past 10 years, I have worked in inpatient programs, outpatient programs, and private practices in both New York and California.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

As a telehealth platform launched right before the pandemic in January 2020, CMT was in an ideal position to help the local community. CMT is helping 1000+ clients with their mental health and deploys a workforce of 100+ therapists.

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

The hardest part of our business is that we want to grow and scale as a business, but we also want each individual client to feel like they have personalized care. We've worked hard to implement processes that find a good balance.

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

First, I would recommend managing your own expectations - your business will grow in proportion to the amount of energy you put into it. Second, it's important to know what you're good at and focus on those things, and know what you're not good at and outsource those things - as a business owner, you don't automatically become an expert at everything, so don't waste your energy on things outside of your expertise. Third, set clear goals and milestones that are measurable and continuously track against them.

Where can people find you and your business?


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