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Business Therapist in Los Angeles:
Therapy for Entrepreneurs

Balancing your career and business challenges as an entrepreneur with your personal life can be a constant struggle to find balance and connection. Therapy for entrepreneurs can equip you with the tools you need to manage stress, improve communication, and create healthy boundaries – all while fostering purpose and fulfillment in your life.

Business Therapist Oliver Drakeford, LMFT CGP

How Business Counseling  Can Help BUSINESS OWNERS

Therapy provides a safe space to explore your personal and business challenges and develop effective coping mechanisms. A successful entrepreneur often needs a neutral sounding board to bounce ideas off and vent frustrations to. However, a therapist who is experienced in working with entrepreneurs can help with personal development as well as with reaching your business goals.

  • Reduce Stress and Develop Resilience: Leading a business can be a pressure cooker – chronic stress and anxiety are often unwelcome companions for those at the helm. But fear not! By equipping yourself with effective stress management techniques, you can build inner resilience and navigate challenges with greater composure. This newfound strength will not only benefit your own well-being but also empower you to inspire and motivate your team during even the stormiest of times.

  • Improve Communication Skills: To further solidify your leadership foundation, honing your communication skills is paramount. Effective communication fosters strong relationships, both within your team and externally. By mastering the art of clear and concise expression, as well as actively listening to understand, you'll build trust, collaboration, and a thriving work environment.

  • Resolve Conflicts More Constructively: Every business leader needs conflict resolution skills to navigate disagreements with co-founders, employees, or clients. By fostering a collaborative environment built on mutual respect and active listening, you can transform these challenges into opportunities for growth and innovation. Learning how to approach disagreements with a win-win mindset fosters a culture of open communication and shared success within your team.

  • Set Healthy Boundaries: A Licensed mental health professional will help you start to discover how to protect your time and energy, ensuring a sustainable and fulfilling work-life balance. This approach to understanding boundaries empowers you to approach challenges with focus and clarity, ultimately achieving greater success without sacrificing your well-being.

  • Combat Imposter Syndrome: Business therapy can equip you with powerful tools to identify and challenge negative self-beliefs that hold you back. Through practical exercises and insightful guidance, you can learn to build resilience and self-compassion, empowering you to navigate challenges with grace and achieve your full potential.

The Unique Challenges Faced by Entrepreneurs

An entrepreneur is similar to a business leader in some ways—both are driven individuals who shoulder immense pressure and often have the perfect combination of ambition, drive, and determination.

On top of the internal pressures you put upon yourself, you might face expectations from clients, business partners, staff, and loved ones, while also battling self-doubt or the fear of success. This relentless pressure can lead to a variety of mental health issues such as:

Stress and Burnout:

This might sound like therapy talk, but it can be more serious of the mental health conditions leaders face. Juggling the constant demands of running a business and a busy schedule can leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted and can have a negative impact on your company.

Work-Life Imbalance:

For entrepreneurs, the lines between work and personal life can easily blur. Long hours and constant connectivity can leave you feeling depleted. This program delves into effective strategies to create a sustainable rhythm. Learn how to delegate tasks, prioritize self-care, and establish healthy boundaries to ensure your workplace thrives without sacrificing your well-being.

Imposter Syndrome:

Even successful entrepreneurs can experience debilitating self-doubt, questioning their abilities and feeling like a "fraud." This is a common phenomenon known as Imposter Syndrome. We'll equip you with powerful tools to identify and challenge these negative beliefs. Through practical exercises and insightful guidance, you'll build resilience, cultivate self-compassion, and develop the unshakeable confidence needed to navigate challenges and achieve your full potential.

Difficulty Setting Boundaries:

.When your company feels like your child, saying no to additional commitments can feel counterintuitive. However, establishing healthy boundaries is crucial for your long-term success. This guide will empower you to manage your time and energy effectively. Discover how to prioritize tasks, delegate effectively, and communicate boundaries with clients and colleagues with clarity and confidence. By taking control of your schedule, you'll approach challenges with focus and clarity, ultimately achieving greater success without sacrificing your well-being.

My Approach to Business Therapy

I'm a family systems counselor with decades of experience helping individuals better understand their 'Self.' At the core of my work is the notion of our ability to identify and separate our thoughts, feelings, and the influences exerted by others and what goes on within our ‘Self.’ I refer to these four ideas as Self, Other, Thoughts, and Feelings. Read more about it here.

I recently helped a young entrepreneur decide if he should sell his company or not. He spent the first 34 minutes of the session telling me how awful and stressful the company was and how it had caused him physical illness and ruined a relationship. Yet he was uncertain if the offer was for the right amount and didn’t know what to do.

We worked through this dilemma through the lens of Family Systems together, which got him in touch with his emotional reactions to work, which are separate from his intellectual understanding of money and finances. He realized that his feelings of dread, nausea, and despair at the thought of working a day longer at this company he’d created far outweighed a fairly generous financial offer. His feelings won because they were giving him vital information.

Understanding How A Business Therapist Can help Los Angeles

Contact

8702 Santa Monica Blvd

West Hollywood, CA, 90069

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262 - 509 -0210

My office is centrally located in the heart of West Hollywood, close to Culver City, Beverly Hills and Westwood. 

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