Apr 2, 2018
In this episode of the
Practice of Therapy Podcast, Gordon has a conversation with Amber
Hawley, LMFT and Dr. Maelisa Hall about developing business
relationships and support systems in private practice. Amber
and Maelisa talk about being able to connect with people that are
in similar places in their journey and how it has helped their
practices thrive and grow. They talk about how getting together
with others for support has increased their productivity and
ability to focus in their businesses.
Meet Amber Hawley
Group psychotherapy practice
owner, licensed marriage and family therapist, business coach,
ENFP, mom of three kids and avid coffee drinker.
You can find out more about Amber
at: www.amberhawley.com www.couplesfix.com www.fremontcounselingservices.com
Meet Dr. Maelisa
psychologist, consultant and trainer, online biz owner, ENFP, wife,
cat owner and nail design enthusiast. You can find out more about Maelisa at:
www.qaprep.com www.maeunleashed.com Maelisa and Amber met in an online book club
that turned into an annual business retreat held with seven other
female colleagues. After this they connected over being ENFPs with
ADHD and their friendship grew into a biz bestie relationship.
Together they started their podcast, My Biz Bestie, which helps
other female biz owners find their support system and have more fun
as entrepreneurs. Amber and
Maelisa have a podcast, “My Biz Bestie” (https://www.mybizbestie.com/podcast/)
where they talk about the struggles of being female business owners
and how they have been able to develop meaningful relationships for
Know Yourself Well
Part of success in private practice,
or any business for that matter, comes from knowing yourself well
and knowing your limits. You need also know what you need to
help you be successful. Everyone obviously has different needs. But
by knowing yourself well, you can connect with those people that
can truly be of support.
One of the difficulties of being in
private practice, especially as a solo provider, is that it can
quickly become very isolating. Isolation can lead to
stagnation and slow growth (We see it all the time with our
clients…) But by having significant friendships and business
relationships, a person can increase their success exponentially.
These are relationships that are deeper and not at all
One phenomenon of drawing on
supports and having “biz besties” is that a parallel process
occurs. Much like it is in supervision, by being on parallel
or tandem journeys people can learn from each other. Not only
learn about others that you are in relationship with, but also
learn about yourself from them.
Amber mentions that we
can have all different kinds of friendships. Friends for a
reason, a season or a lifetime. As we know, no single person can be
everything to us. We have relationships on a lot of different
fronts depending on the context.
Be Willing To Put Yourself Out
Not all of us are necessarily wired
as “extroverts”, like Amber and Maelisa. So it takes a bit of
courage to put yourself out there and develop those relationships.
But once you take that first step, it becomes easier to
connect with a lot of different people. When we know we are not
alone, it is easier to take some necessary risks with your
Technology Can Keep Us
Amber and Maelisa talked about the
fact that they live on opposite ends of their state (California)
and that distance is really not a problem. They do talk
almost daily and bounce ideas off each other. They do however get
together frequently since it is only a one flight between their
Find out about upcoming
mini-retreats and an upcoming workshop on networking that Maelisa
and Amber will be hosting in the fall at: “My Biz
Bestie” - www.mybizbestie.com
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