Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in mental wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Veara Butler, Owner of Beyond Healing Counseling & Consultation, located in Germantown, MD, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I run a small mental health private practice in Germantown, Maryland. At Beyond Healing, we are big on creating safe spaces for our clients and being a warm hand to help them along their healing journey. While most of our clients are Black women and children, we aid adolescents and families in their healing process. As a trauma-informed practice, our clinicians are trained in DBT, CBT, EMDR, and many other modalities. However, our top priority is providing culturally sensitive, safe spaces for our clients to begin to unlock the things that have been preventing them from living the life they envision.
Tell us about yourself
I started Beyond Healing in 2018 after moving back to Maryland. After working in the juvenile justice system and with several community agencies, I became inspired to provide something different. My main focus was to provide quality care to the underserved. The ability to create stability and destigmatize therapy for Black people excited me. There are days when running Beyond Healing can be difficult but what keeps me focused is the lives that I see change before my eyes. I am also moved by the excitement that I hear in clients' voices as they share their wins and learn new patterns which help them make healthy choices.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment as a business owner has been moving into my business full-time and hiring clinicians who are excited to do the work with me!
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the hardest things that come with being a business owner is the responsibility for other people's livelihood. Ensuring that finances are handled properly is one of my most significant responsibilities.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
If I had to give advice, I would tell future business owners not to get discouraged if their business is not growing like others. Starting small gives you space to work out the kinks without huge financial losses. I would also say finances first! If the money is not right, you won't be able to pay your employees. Finally, take time for the ones you love and who love you because you will need them to pour back into you.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Some days I want to get a regular job, and then I remember the benefits of being my own boss. It is not always easy, but it is worth it!
Where can people find you and your business?
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