Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sepideh Hakimzadeh, Founder of Whole Mother Therapy, located in Pasadena, CA, USA.

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

Whole Mother Therapy is a group therapy practice that specializes in working with birthing people across all spectrums of pre-conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting. We provide individual, couples, and group therapy.

Tell us about yourself

I've been a therapist for over ten years, but I started Whole Mother Therapy and specializing in working with birthing people after the birth of my own son in 2019. I feel passionate about creating a safe and honest space to have hard and difficult conversations about all things pregnancy and birth related. Seeing how undervalued and poorly treated birthing people are in the USA fuels my passion for providing an honest space for people to be seen and heard in their struggles and for clients to find ways to empower their experiences.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Starting a business! I don't feel like there are enough conversations about how much courage and resiliency it takes to start a business. Especially when you don't have outside money and capital to support your vision. Showing up every day to my vision and nurturing and growing Whole Mother Therapy is like having another child. I feel very proud of myself for continuing to show up and grow my business when it is so hard.

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

You have to do everything yourself in the beginning. You have to pour your money and energy into your vision to keep growing it. You mess up; there is a lot of trial and error. A lot of learning as you go. You learn a lot about yourself; it is an incredibly humbling process.

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

  1. Know that it is a slow process. There is no overnight success. It takes years for your business to start flourishing in a way that feels sustainable and supportive.
  2. Success is not just measured by financial success. But how the business makes you feel about your work and yourself.
  3. Be willing not to get it right the first or even the second time. Starting and running a business is all about trial and error and learning as you go.

Where can people find you and your business?


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