Virtual LPC Podcast #18 featuring Mari A. Lee, LMFT, CSAT-S

Mari A. Lee, LMFT, CSAT-S is recognized for her clinical work with male and female sex addicts, love and pornography addicts, as well as her ground breaking work with spouses and partners of sex addicts.  She is the founder of Growth Counseling Services, a private practice recovery center located in Glendora, California.

Additionally, Mari is a popular national conference speaker, workshop teacher, and is the co-author of the best selling book, “Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts”, as well as the author of, “The Creative Clinician: Exercises and Activities for Clients and Group Therapy”, and “From Fairy Tales to Facelifts: Learning to Love the Image in the Mirror.”

As a coach and consultant, Mari is passionate about supporting other clinicians who are building their private practice dreams and believes that every therapist can make a great living doing the work they love. Her webinar, “How to Create Successful Multiple Income Streams for the Busy Clinician” has received rave reviews, and her on line products for therapists (Consent Forms, Clinical Group Forms, Exercises for Therapy) have supported therapists around the world and come with fantastic testimonials.

For further information on coaching and consulting, please visit:, or

If you are interested in having Mari speak at an event, you may contact her at (818) 521-4370.

For further information on sex addiction therapy support in Southern California, please visit:, or

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Mari is the real deal.  A therapist, mentor, entrepreneur.  She does it all!  I was extremely humbled when talking to her.  I hope you enjoy the episode as much as I do!  Below are some of the resources we talk about in the episode:

Wellness: prayer/meditation, nature hikes, pets, dance.  (Speaking of pets, here is Willie, my awesome 9 year old dog)

Book: "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown- I'm actually reading this book for the second time right now.  It's a "must read" for therapists.

Internet Resources: hiring a virtual assistant; Canva; Asana

For more information about Mari, go to:;

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Virtual LPC Podcast #17 featuring Dr. Traci Lowenthal

Traci Lowenthal, Psy.D. began her training at the AIDS Service Center in Pasadena in 2003, while completing her Doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of La Verne.  Dr. Lowenthal’s approach to client work is strengths based and her clinical experience includes the following groups: persons identifying as LGBTQIA, those living with HIV/AIDS, Caregivers of Cancer patients, college students, older adults and survivors of sexual trauma. 

Upon licensure, Dr. Lowenthal opened her private practice specializing in work with persons identifying as LGBTQIA. She is committed and passionate about providing quality mental health care to this richly diverse group. Dr. Lowenthal is a long time advocate of equality for the LGTBQIA community and brings tireless commitment to her work as a clinician and educator. In 2014, Dr. Lowenthal developed Creative Insights Counseling as a way to work with interns and provide supervision to those looking to work in a private practice setting. Together with her staff, Dr. Lowenthal now provides training and outreach in many different settings.  Her writing has also been featured in many articles and websites. 

Dr. Lowenthal is adjunct faculty at the University of La Verne and the University of Redlands.


What a wonderful opportunity to be privileged to spend some time with Traci!  I think you will find her story of creating a second career in mental health to be extremely motivating.

In the episode, Traci discusses some of the ups and downs she encountered during the creation of her practice.  She also talks about her latest project, educating other medical professionals about best practices when working with LGBTQIA clients.  Here are some helpful resources she uses in her practice:

Wellness- connect with a personal therapist (YES, we too need to work on ourselves); exercise; and Headspace App

Book- "The Gift of Therapy" by Dr. Irvin Yalom

Internet Resources: hire a virtual assistant; Therapy Notes; Constant Contact

Briefly, I'll speak on hiring a virtual assistant.  After talking with Traci, I actually reached and tried it.  I hired a lady to help me create a slide presentation for an upcoming workshop I was presenting.  It worked out GREAT!  I didn't stress at all, and allowed someone else to take my ideas and create the presentation.  I will definitely be utilizing the services of virtual assistants more often.

For more information about all the great work Traci is doing, go to her website HERE!

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Virtual LPC Podcast #16 featuring Dr. Martha Ireland

Martha Ireland, PhD, RN, CS, CEDS, DCC is a Psychotherapist, Licensed Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor, and a Distance Credentialed Counselor with over 25 years of experience working with the eating disorder community. She successfully owned and operated a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic for treatment of disordered eating. She has been a CEO of both profit and nonprofit organizations, been published, led workshops, and lectured around the country. 

Dr. Ireland, Co-Founder of Virtual Therapy Connect, is currently active integrating technology with mental health services. Virtual Therapy Connect is a cost effective turn-key secure video teleconferencing platform that is a HIPPA and HITECH compliant solution for clinicians, groups or institutions to connect, with clients, from their virtual office.  She is currently located in Ashburn, Virginia.


In this episode I talk with Dr. Ireland about her journey as a therapist.  Currently, she has created a virtual therapy site that I amazing.  Click the link below for more details:

During the episode, Dr. Ireland discusses the ups and downs of creating a private practice, as well as an online counseling website.  I love to hear her excitement and enthusiasm when talking about her work.

Below are some other resources she uses to maintain her life and practice:

Wellness: technology free Sundays (this is great.  I need to start implementing this!); meditation, exercise, and remaining connected to her personal life.

Books: Conscious Evolution by Barbara Marx Hubbard and Online Counseling by Ron Kraus

Internet Resources: Virtual Therapy Connect (Dr. Ireland's site); American Telemedicine Association; Zur Institute; Telemental Health Institute, Therapy Sites, and Influential Therapist.

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Virtual LPC Podcast #15 featuring Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

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Please welcome Mercedes Samudio!  Below is an excerpt from her About Me page:

"Since 2007 I have been working with families and children to help them develop healthy communication skills, manage severe emotional issues, develop coping skills to manage behaviors, create dynamic parent-child bonds, and navigate social media & technology as a family. Throughout the course of my career I have worked with adoptive families, foster families teen parents, parents navigating the child protective services system, and children living with mental illness. In 2014 I began to transition into my private practice where I focused on parent coaching and guiding families to reducing unwanted behaviors, developing effective parenting strategies, creating healthy communication habits, and designing social media/tech plans for their household."

What a great episode!  In this episode, I talk with Mercedes about lots of cool things, but the main takeaway I received came from our discussion on coaching versus counseling.  I think you will find it to be interesting as well.  Mercedes has transitioned her practice into working as a parent coach.  Check out her website for more information on all the cool stuff she is doing.

The Parenting Skill

Here are some of the other helpful resources shared by Mercedes during the episode:

Wellness practice: exercise using pole fitness

Book: "Get Rich, Lucky Bitch" by Denise Duffield Thomas

Internet Resource: Canva

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Virtual LPC Podcast #14 featuring Rebecca Wong, LCSW

A short exert from Rebecca's "About" page:
"I guide my clients into reconnecting with themselves, each other and their dear ones by teaching sustainable ways to infuse more intimacy, fun and ease into their relationship, family and into daily living."


WOW!  This is an episode full of wonderful insights!  During the episode, Rebecca discusses how "we get to manifest our ideal day."  That really stood out to me.  WE get to decide and create our day.  Rebecca discusses her journey into the creation of her private practice and how she has developed a thriving practice.

Currently, Rebecca is running her private practice, as well as developing some really cool projects such as (RE)SPARK- an online parenting couples class.

Below are some of the resources Rebecca shared that are helpful in her practice:

Wellness: yoga, walking, and training her dog

Book: "Creatures of a Day" by Irvin Yalom; "Passionate Marriage" by David Schnarch; and "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl.

Internet Resource: (great website full of helpful information on starting a private counseling practice)

For more information about Rebecca and her work, check out:


You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram by searching for "connectfulness"

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Virtual LPC Podcast #13 featuring Jamie Stacks, LPC, LADAC

Jamie Stacks, LPC, LADAC
From her website: I am a psychotherapist a self-care coach, a presenter.  I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister and an aunt.  I am a friendand so many other things.  Most of all I am real and I am me.  I love what I do and am honored to get to help people navigate life and the things it throws at us.


I was very lucky to be introduced to Jamie.  She is helping therapists with something that is crucial to our success: SELF CARE!  In fact, she even has her own blog, The Whole Self, on Psych Central.  Click HERE to check it out.  I think you will find her insight into self care extremely beneficial, and it's an excellent reminder that we remember to take care of our own needs as well.

In the episode, Jamie highlights some of the projects she is working on:

REAL Self-Care (TM) program

The Whole Self blog on Psych Central

Below are some resources she recommends:

Wellness: exercise, meditation, and yoga

Books: "Self Compassion" by Kristin Neff; "The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice" by Deborah Adele; "The Gift of Therapy" by Irvin Yalom.

Internet Resources: Facebook communities, podcasts, online trainings

Jamie offers free resources and tons of information on her website and blog.  For more information, visit her at one of the following places: (website) (email)
Whole Self Blog

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Virtual LPC Podcast #12 featuring Dr. Maelisa Hall

Dr. Maelisa Hall specializes in teaching therapists how to connect with their paperwork so it’s more simple and more meaningful. The result? Rock solid documentation every therapist can be proud of! Check out her free online Private Practice Paperwork Crash Course ( and get tips on improving your documentation today.


Who knew talking about paperwork and therapy documentation could be so much fun!

What a wonderful interview with Maelisa!  She is the owner of QAprep, a site dedicated to helping therapists bring meaning and value back to the paperwork part of our work.  If you're like me, paperwork gets pushed back until it NEEDS to be done.  Maelisa reminded me why it's important to value the note taking (and other paperwork) experience.  We no longer have to look at paperwork as a necessary evil.  Let's make it a crucial part of the therapy process. 

Also in the interview we talk about the overwhelming feeling of lots of ideas, and how to channel that into focused energy.  We also talk about the need for a professional support system, and having people to bounce ideas off of.

Below are some resources highlighted by Maelisa in her interview:

Wellness Exercise: utilizing a mastermind group

Book: "Get Rich Lucky Bitch" by Denise Duffield Thomas

Internet Resource: Mailchimp

If you want to learn more, Maelisa is currently working on a brand new project called "Meaningful Documentation".  For more information, go HERE.

Maelisa can be reached by going to her website:, or you can find her on Facebook HERE.

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Virtual LPC Podcast #11 featuring Dr. Deb Legge

Dr. Deb Legge is nationally recognized as the Private Practice Mentor.  Over the past 20 years she has helped thousands of mental health professionals, coaches, and other service professionals get more clients and make more money in private practice.  Contact her at:


Wow!  What a great time I had talking with Dr. Legge.  I am truly humbled when I talk to a person that has accomplished so much in the field of counseling.  Dr. Legge owns a private practice, and operates Influential Therapist.  I highly recommend you check out her site, especially if you own a private practice, or you're interested in running your own practice.

Here are the major takeaways from the show:

  • Making money is a GOOD thing
  • How to define your target market
  • Tony Robbins is awesome

Additional resources shared during the episode:

Wellness practice: gym, meditation, reading

Book: "All In Startup" by Diana Kandor

Internet Resource: Evernote

For more information about Dr. Legge and all her work, go to:


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Virtual LPC Podcast Episode #10 featuring Camille McDaniel, LPC, CPCS


Camille McDaniel, LPC, CPCS  is a licensed professional counselor and certified counselor supervisor.  She has a private practice, Healing Psychotherapy Practices of Georgia, LLC, where she works with mood disorders, self harming behaviors, grief, and anxiety in children and adults.  In addition to the clients she counsels in her practice, she also provides clinical supervision for those seeking licensure and assists professionals and students through consultation.  She is also an adjunct professor.


What an excellent interview!  Camille shared some amazing insights into her journey as a counselor and entrepreneur.  Some of the major takeaways:

  • Create a legacy
  • Find a mastermind group and learn from others
  • Finding the right location for your practice
  • How to pick the best clinicians to work in your practice
  • Maintaining balance in life
  • She is currently working on developing webinars to educate clients about psychiatric disorders (what a great idea!)

Camille also shared the following resources and insights:

  • Wellness Exercise: take at least an hour lunch every day
  • Internet Resource- mindfulness app; (content ideator- type in one word and you will get many blog titles; check keywords that people look up the most)

To learn more about Camille and her work, you can go to her website:

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Virtual LPC Podcast Episode #9 featuring Jen Kind, MA, LPCi, CDWF

Jen Kind, MA, LPCi, CDWF

Jen Kind, MA, LPCi, CDWF


Welcome back!  Episode #9 features Jen Kind (formerly Jen Anderson).  Prepare to be inspired by her charisma and energy!

Jen is based in Portland, and operates Daring Happiness, and counseling and coaching practice.  Jen identifies herself as a "Happiness Alchemist".  This is a great term!  Check out her website for more info on her work.

In the episode, Jen and I talk about her journey to become a counselor in her 30's, and the obstacles she has overcome in the process.  We also talk about her training as a CDWF  (Certified Daring Way Facilitator) based on the work of Brene Brown.  I would recommend you check out the link above to learn more about this type of training.  Also, if you haven't read Brene Brown's book "Daring Greatly", I would highly recommend it.

Jen offers some wonderful resources and tips she uses in her life and practice:

Wellness Exercise: playing with her dogs.  I can totally identify with this one.  

Below is a picture of my dog Willie.

What a face!

What a face!

Book to read: "The Big Leap" by Gay Hendricks

Internet Resource: Headspace- it's a mindfulness/meditation app.  I have used this app, and it does work well.  Admittedly, I need to do a better job of using it daily.

For more information on Jen, visit her at Daring Happiness.  You can also email her at  Finally, you can follow her on Facebook at Daring Happiness.

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Virtual LPC Podcast Episode #9 featuring Jen Kind