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Conversations with the Inspiring Kate Campbell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Campbell.

So, before we jump into specific questions about what you do, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It was always my dream to create a group private practice with a team of clinicians who are passionate about their work, specialize in different areas, and collaborate with each other to make a greater difference in our south Florida community.

I was raised by a family of hard-working entrepreneurs, which is where my entrepreneurial spirit was born. They inspired my drive, passion, courage, and determination to dive right into the world of private practice after graduating with my masters in 2006 (without really knowing much about business). I knew I would figure it out one way or another.

I made it my mission to learn as much as possible about business, entrepreneurship, branding, and marketing. My goal was to launch group psychology and counseling private practice in Fort Lauderdale as soon as I graduated with my Doctorate degree in 2011.

During the 5-year journey toward completing my Ph.D., I experienced the pros and cons of various practices which allowed me to reverse engineer my vision for a group practice. I poured my heart and soul into developing a reputable brand, amazing team, unique company culture, and a solid foundation with our streamlined systems and processes.

In 2011, my group practice dream became a reality when we launched Bayview Therapy, which quickly became one of South Florida’s most trusted psychology and counseling private practices. Over the years, I’ve grown our practice into a team of 20+ caring and dedicated clinicians. We’ve had the honor to help thousands of people within south Florida (Broward, Miami, Palm Beach, and surrounding areas).

In addition to my group practice, I launched an online business in 2016. I’m the proud co-founder of the Private Practice Startup where we inspire private practitioners to brand themselves and grow their dream practices. Along with my business partner, Katie Lemieux, we host a weekly podcast with over 200,000 downloads.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When I graduated from Nova Southeastern University in 2006 with my Master’s Degree, I was filled with passion, excitement, ambition, and ready to change the world. I knew I wanted to get into private practice and I had a vision for what I ultimately wanted to work toward.

Since I was raised by a family of hard-working entrepreneurs, I was fueled by my entrepreneurial spirit. I had no shortage of drive, passion, courage, determination, and a really hard work ethic.

However, I went to grad school to become an excellent clinician and didn’t learn anything about it takes to build or grow a business. I knew I would figure it out one way or another.

I quickly learned that building and growing a business takes time and a lot of hard work.

I like to refer to those naive, unrealistic beliefs as the “field of dreams mentality”. If you’ve seen the Field of Dreams movie, you’ll remember the saying, “if you build it, they will come”. Well, that’s not necessarily how it works in business.

Lesson #1 learned the hard way. Fail fast and fail forward, right?!

In 2006, I made it my mission to learn as much as possible about business, entrepreneurship, branding, and marketing. My goal was to launch a group psychology and counseling private practice in Fort Lauderdale as soon as I graduated with my Doctorate degree in 2011.

Those first few years after graduating was really difficult and exhausting, to say the least. I remember working in an agency part-time to get my required hours for licensure, renting space at a private practice while trying to build a case-load, working 2-3 nights a week at a restaurant trying to make additional money to support myself, and attending a rigorous schedule in the doctorate program while I worked toward my PhD. Phew, I’m exhausted just thinking back on those memories.

It was totally worth it though… I slowly learned more about what it takes to be successful in business, grew my caseload so I was able to eventually resign from the part-time work at an Intensive Outpatient Program, graduated with my Ph.D. in 2011, and launched our group counseling and psychology practice, Bayview Therapy.

I’m beyond grateful that I didn’t give up in the face of adversity and persevered through those really difficult years while I finished the Doctorate program. I’m proud of my journey, the failures, the successes, and being able to help so many people reach their personal and professional dreams.

It’s amazing to see what I’ve built with our group practice. I poured my heart and soul into this business and it shows. Nothing makes me happier than knowing our team and clients absolutely love being in our office space.

My advice would be to never give up…

If you have a dream to be an entrepreneur, go for it! Don’t let limitations, lack of knowledge, or low confidence hold you back. Narrow down your vision, create a strategic plan, build an authentic brand, and get support from a mentor or coach.

You deserve to follow your passions, build your dream business, and live your dream lifestyle. It’s totally possible with a lot of focus, drive, hard work, and determination. You’ve got this!

What should we know about Bayview Therapy? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are proud to call Fort Lauderdale home. We love our city, the people, families, and our community as a whole. That’s why we’re so passionate about inspiring people to make positive changes in their lives and relationships, leading to greater peace, purpose, happiness, and fulfillment.

Finding a therapist who is the right fit for you and your loved ones is one of the most important decisions you can make. That’s why we want to make that process as easy as possible for you. We offer a multi-disciplinary team of caring and dedicated therapists who specialize in different areas and offer different price points for their services.

Specializing in individual counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, and psychological evaluations, our team offers a highly personalized and collaborative approach for children, teens, and adults dealing with a broad range of challenges across the lifespan. We help people overcome difficulties such as anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, anger, addiction, divorce, parenting concerns, relationship discord, and stressful life transitions.

Our east Fort Lauderdale spa-like office is relaxing, beautifully designed, and provides a high degree of privacy. Our team offers sliding scales and flexible hours with evenings and weekends to accommodate busy schedules. We can often accommodate same or next day appointments to help people get the relief they deserve.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
I highly recommend finding a mentor with the skillset that you would like to learn and/or a business coach who can teach you how to reach your business goals. There’s also a ton of really great free resources such as books, podcasts, webinars, etc… so take advantage of that as well!

It’s also useful to network with professionals who share the same population of clients that you serve that way you can create mutually beneficial referral relationships. When networking, be more interested than interesting… ask how you can support them and build a genuine connection over time. This has worked really well for us over the years.

My biggest pet peeve with networking is when people shove their business my way and then don’t take the time to have a conversation. Networking is about building quality relationships not passing out business cards to the masses.

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Anton Kirindongo, Susan Barbini

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