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Aug 26, 2019

“Entrepreneurs have a higher probability of developing a mental illness. We often push ourselves too far and live in a chronic state of stress.” 

- Laura Shook-Guzman (2:55-3:29)

Sonya Stattmann & Laura Shook-Guzman
Women in the Business Arena


Many entrepreneurs overlook the importance of their mental and emotional wellbeing. Working with a therapist who understands the unique needs of business owners can be the key to overcoming success hurdles. 

Entrepreneurs are often the face of their business. So it can be difficult to open up about anxiety, depression, and other emotional challenges. Entrepreneurs are risk-takers by nature. But when you push too hard, mental wellbeing can suffer, and you may find yourself in a chronic state of stress. 

“The entrepreneurship journey will take you to some crazy places. That's why it's so powerful to have a business coach who can help diagnose what's happening.” - Sonya Stattmann (33:33-33:44)

How Can a Therapist Help You Grow Your Business?

Tending to your emotional needs can have a profound impact on your health. A therapist supports you by helping you handle the stress and anxiety that come with running a business. Old traumas can resurface along the way. These wounds and behavior patterns can keep you from achieving your professional and personal goals. 

Most people think they only need therapy when something’s broken. But the stress of entrepreneurship makes it even more important for you to process the issues that come up when things fall out of balance. Entrepreneurship offers a unique opportunity for personal growth. A therapist can guide you along the way to overcome the limiting beliefs and behaviors that keep so many people from building the business and life they want. 

Finding the Right Therapist for Your Business Support Team

Finding the right therapist means working with someone who understands trauma and the strategies you can use to address old wounds. Not all therapists have the training needed to address certain types of trauma. Get clear on what your needs are and what you’re looking for in a therapist. The more you understand the issues you’re struggling with, the better you’ll be at asking the right questions and find a therapist with the training and experience you need. 

Some therapists specialize in working with entrepreneurs. They have insights into the unique needs of entrepreneurs and the challenges they face on a regular basis. Talk to different therapists to find the one who resonates with you most. Exploring traumas and emotional wounds can be difficult. You want to work with someone who can provide a space where you feel safe. 

“It’s important that we find a therapist who resonates with where we are who we can connect with on a deeper level because they’ve been there.” 

- Sonya Stattmann (21:57-22:11)

As entrepreneurs, we need support. We need business coaches, therapists, and others who give us the resources we need to balance our daily tasks with our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

Creating a partnership with a business coach and a therapist creates a powerful team that helps you see all aspects of your business and life in a more holistic way. The right therapist can help you become more self-actualized as you explore emotional trauma and other success hurdles. This requires you to work with someone who knows how to hold the space for deep self-exploration so that you can continue to grow as a person and as a business owner. 

How to get involved

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