Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Boynton, LCSW.
Andrea, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Growing up as a teenager, I somehow always seemed to be the one that my friends would come to for advice or to talk out a problem they were going through. I realized over time that, I really enjoyed working through their struggles with them and being able to help out. It seemed that each time I worked through issues with them, I got better and better about really listening to what it is they were asking for help with. I learned how to separate out that often times what they were identifying as the problem was typically part of a larger problem that they had not been able to see previously. I started hearing from my friends in these early teenage years, “Wow, you are a really good listener and I feel like you really understand what I’m going through.” It had started to become somewhat of a special interest for me to help out the people around me in a way I knew I could, by truly listening and problem solving step by step with them. Of course, I still had my own teenage issues to get through and in some way helping my friends with their struggles helped me to gain a tremendous amount of introspection for working though my own struggles.
Skipping forward to the end of my sophomore year in college, when I was literally down to the 2 week wire to decide on my major and had literally no idea what avenue to pursue, a lightbulb suddenly went off. I was sitting in one of my classes and our professor had invited a guest lecturer to speak that day. This guest lecturer spoke about the ins and outs of social work and all the different areas of practice within this field. I was particularly interested in her area of practice which was clinical social work in which she did 1:1 therapy with clients. With this newfound excitement and curiosity, I stayed after class to pick her brain some more and ask a thousand questions! The next day, I went to the school of Social Work on campus and assigned my major, setting my sights on having my very own therapy practice one day in the near future!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road to building my own business was slowed by simply finding the time to make it all happen. It took me making appointments in my calendar dedicated to just working on the development of my business to carve out the time. Building a business from the ground up requires a lot of reading up on the necessary certifications and consulting other professionals. Developing necessary components of my business from the name, marketing, billing and more takes a lot more time to complete than one would think. Also, narrowing down from a general therapy perspective to an area of specialization is a process of taking a hard look at your market and seeing what there is a need for. What no one tells you is just how much time all of this takes! Balancing the time necessary to start a business and my personal life is challenging but it helps when you have loved ones who are supportive and help you along the way.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about PalmCoast Therapy – what should we know?
PalmCoast Therapy is a private practice that focuses on helping clients make progress one step at a time. Empowering clients to take charge of their own life and/or issues and find the strength to change what they have been wanting to for years. We specialize in therapy and counseling for addiction, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and/or panic disorder. We also perform couples counseling and divorce therapy as well as healthcare advocacy including long term care planning and geriatric care management.
I am most proud of the success my clients achieve through therapy. When you can share in the joy of someone who has worked hard to make positive change in their lives it is emotionally rewarding.
What sets us apart from other companies is we believe in empowering our patients by providing them the confidence and emotional support necessary to make positive changes. Our approach is to guide clients in making positive changes over time and progress towards a better future as they move forward with their lives.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My mom has always been one of my biggest mentors/supporters in my life. She has always pushed me to succeed and truly believed I could accomplish anything I set my mind to.
My supervisor and mentor that was with me every step of the way while preparing for the grueling and dreaded state exam for my licensure in clinical social work, the LCSW exam. She made me believe I could and I would. Failure was not an option.
Support of friends and family in “going for it” to start my own business. There is always the fear of falling flat on your face, being dead broke, or both.
My fiancé that has helped tremendously in hours of free web and graphic design for PalmCoast Therapy, not to mention his constant support and understanding for having to share his time with me and the business.
- Rate for Therapy Sessions: $100-120 per hour or Discounted rate of $80 per session for a 4 session package (good for 60 days)
- Offering 4 Package Sessions at Discounted rate of $80 per session
- Health Advocacy/Care Management rates at $95 per hour (sliding scale available)
- Address: 2598 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(Conveniently located in East Ft. Lauderdale at the Regus offices at the Galleria Mall)
- Website: PalmCoastTherapy.com
- Phone: 754-301-8759
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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