How do you have faith in private practice? What does it mean to integrate faith into practice? How can you make more leaps of faith?
In This Podcast
In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks with Dawn Gabriel about her private practice journey and how to have faith in private practice, as well as how she has taken her own leaps of faith.
Meet Dawn Gabriel
Dawn Gabriel, MA, LPC is a consultant, coach, and owner of Authentic Connections Counseling Center in historic downtown Castle Rock, Colorado where she helps people achieve freedom from what’s keeping them stuck. Dawn is trained in EMDR and uses it with coaching clients to address and clear limiting beliefs, fears and self-sabotage. Her coaching helps people to set goals and create an attainable action plan. When she is not working, she is busy being a mom to 2 young energetic boys, finding a new restaurant with her husband, hiking, and connecting over a chai latte with friends. Consult and Coach with Dawn.
It’s not always about the numbers, sometimes you’ve got to just pray for it. Sometimes with faith-based things are done a little differently.
What does your journey in private practice look like?
From working at the psych hospital, Dawn realised that it wasn’t in her heart and she wanted to do private practice. So she started doing counselling part-time at night and in the evening. After some time, she eventually started out as an independent contractor. It was a year later after maternity leave that all the staff were let go. That’s when she and the other clinicians decided to start their own practice. They found an office, and got a website up and running all within a week. After some time there, she wondered how she could stay at home and make money. That’s when she started her group practice in 2015.
What is your company culture and how do you hire based off of that?
After going through two or three therapists that weren’t a good fit, she got true on what I really wanted and started hiring differently. At her practice, they do a lot of teamwork and team retreats, and she wanted to make sure all the clinicians on a similar path with God as their focus.
The involves a 3 stage interview process to make sure they are the right fit for the team. The way she asks about their faith is, by asking them to tell her about their faith journey. She also likes to listen to hear if they have been to counselling and worked on themselves. If not, it often comes up in their sessions with clients.
How did you decide to have a new space?
After being in a space for 3 years with two and a half offices, they started expanding and it didn’t feel comfortable. After looking for months, they finally found a small little house with 4 offices and it was perfect.
It was too expensive but after running the numbers and she figured out if everyone was full it would work. And so she took a leap of faith. I felt like God said “You need to trust me.”
Now they are two months in and giving 10% back, and clinicians are coming in every day. People just love the space.
Sometimes when we do things from a faith perspective, things look a little different.
What kind of therapy and coaching work do you do?
After 14 years of being a therapist, her burnout was getting high, especially when running a group practice too. At their training sessions, a lot of people were asking if she did coaching. That’s how coaching started, as many people need someone to help them process it all in. She is also trained in EMDR, which is what she believes helps unblock processes. A lot of people are seeing great results.
What should every Christian counsellor know?
You can still be a great business person and a Christian counsellor. Sometimes Christian counsellors think they should be giving their services for free, but you still need to make a living. Lean into what it means to integrate faith into practice.
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Meet Whitney Owens
Whitney is a licensed professional counsellor and owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings, allowing her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.
Knowing the pains and difficulties surrounding building a private practice, she started this podcast to help clinicians start, grow, and scale a faith-based practice. She has learnt how to start and grow a successful practice that adheres to her own faith and values. And as a private practice consultant, she has helped many clinicians do the same.
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