Since the tender age of 8, Samantha has expressed an innate and sincere desire to ease suffering of others and leave the world a better place. Most of her ideas and childhood "projects" were built upon the foundation of making others "feel better" or fostering hope in tragic situations. Samantha's natural character strengths made counseling an ideal professional match, which she honors with integrity and passion. During her many years of education, Samantha also developed, accidentally, a love for entrepreneurship. She has had several ideas that were explored but not executed for various reasons until she, with her husband, dreamt up KhoSpace - the first boutique co-working space designed just for mental health and helping professionals!
In addition to helping others, Samantha has a few other "in another life" identities. Before pursuing counseling, Samantha obtained a masters in public relations and wanted to be the next Today Show host! She briefly lived in Los Angeles and was into the Hollywood and PR scene for a while, but realized it didn't feel authentic. She loves sugar and sweets and wanted to spread her love through baking, but realized while she may have the talent, she didn't have the drive to wake up at 3 am every day! Lastly, Samantha absolutely loves dogs! Her mini goldendoodle, Georgie, is the apple of her eye and "totally has me wrapped around his paw... I think when I have kids one day, I'll be in trouble!"
Maureen Werrbach is a Chicago group practice owner with multiple locations and over 20 staff including therapists, psychologists, a nurse practitioner, and admin staff. She also coaches group practice owners through her business The Group Practice Exchange and does countrywide traveling group practice trainings through Practice Builders.
Jessica Richards, LMHC owner of The Center of Life Counseling and Administrator of The Beginning Counselor's of Florida. During my last year of grad school, in 2013, I knew I wanted to be in private practice and work with college age students struggling with anxiety and depression. It was the very reason I began my degree in psychology and counseling in the first place.
Little did I know that the journey would be met with many hurdles and struggles that I was not prepared for. I now take my experience and journey and share it with new grads and registered interns providing tips and tools to have a successful internship to licensure journey.
A few fun facts about my experience:
1. My licensure experience lasted from 2013-2017, approximately 4 years. More than the 2 year's many assume it takes.
2. I had over 4 qualified supervisors throughout this period, most at the same time.
3. I was in private practice the entire journey along with agency and group contract work.
4. I took 4 months off from the field altogether after a "post-grad existential crisis"
5. I took the NCMHCE 3 times.
6. I taught CEU courses for licensed clinicians during internship.
A few fun personal facts about myself are I freaking love love adventures, traveling, fishing is a new hobby I've started within the last year or so, painting, and animals. I'm trying to learn how to golf but, have no idea what I'm doing just seems like a Floridian thing to do.
The Private Practice Startup is co-owned by Kate Campbell, PhD, LMFT and Katie Lemieux, LMFT. They’re two therapists with entrepreneurial spirits who live, work and play in South Florida.
Kate and Katie both built their 6-Figure private practices from the ground up and love inspiring ambitious mental health professionals to brand themselves and grow their dream private practices! They have a hunger for business, branding and marketing. They love sharing their expertise and inspiring private private practitioners from startup to mastery.