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Women in Business featuring Cheryl Clarke, M.S. LMFT

Cheryl Clarke

Type 4 Naturals knows the importance of self-care and preparing for spring cleaning. Have you thought to seek therapy to clean out the drama or to assist with current obstacles in your life? We would like to introduce you to Cheryl Clarke, a New York State licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, A Motivational Speaker, Life Coach. Family therapy is a very specialized skill set. One should always seek a therapist with both the training and credentials qualifying them to perform this type of counseling. All MFT or Marriage Family Therapists are required to do some family counseling as part of their training. Married for 20+ years and mothering six children, Cheryl may know a thing or two about obstacles surrounding marriage and family. Cheryl specializes in individual, couples and family therapy while also helping others succeed in life as a motivational coach.

Tell us about your business. What product or service do you provide? Who is your target audience?

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and work with individuals, couples, and families. I provide support and practical feedback to help you effectively address the challenges someone could be facing in life. With compassion and understanding, I work with individuals to help build on their strengths and attain the personal growth to live out the successful life they were destined to lead. I always had an intense desire to understand what it is that makes us human. 

There are many things throughout my life that have challenged the very fabric of who I have become today. I believe that we all come with our own set of unique experiences, talents; which we can transform that within us to use for the higher good of the world.

What would you say makes your business different from the competition in your field?

I considered the implications of a practice that included more than therapy, however, I bring a world of life experiences. Being married for over 22 years, a mother of 6 children and an entrepreneur for 16 years of a Group Family Daycare before becoming a Therapist has opened up worlds of knowledge that can’t be found in a textbook.

Why did you become an entrepreneur? What does owning your own business mean to you?

I believe that an entrepreneur is driven by vision and it was my vision that drove me to start my 1st business when I was just 24 years old. Married with 2 children and one on the way; working as a clerk in the Public Library most of my monies were going to childcare. I started my 1st business in 1998 “Forever Young Daycare” where I worked from home raising my children and other children in the neighborhood. I worked over 50 hours a week as Director/Owner for 16+ years while always making time for my family.

As I continued on with the business I returned back to school. WhenI earned My Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, it was a no-brainer to Start my Very Own Private Practice.  On March 1, 2017, I opened the doors to Clarke Marriage And Family Therapy, PLLC.

What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?

I don’t really view my business and/or line of profession as having a singular voice or persons that have influenced me in my business. What I am noticing that through my journey as a therapist we as a whole, clinicians are moving more collaborative voices of therapists. Whereas we are gleaming from the past and present helping one another with entering into private practices, negotiate rates and the possibilities of forming unions so we can advance in our profession. Throughout much of history, the therapist’s feminist movement has not only pave the path, which has proven that personal transformation can only happen when we join together to create social change.

What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?

 

Cheryl ClarkeMy Biggest accomplishment to date is opening my own private practice for therapy and becoming a Paid Motivational Speaker. Building a Community of people Who Are Learning to Speak your Power!

Tell us about a time when things did not go the way you expected it to. What did you learn from the experience?

 

Being an entrepreneur can be just as rewarding as it is challenging. Owning a practice has been an eye-opening experience. No longer are you looking for a weekly or biweekly check from an employer. My original goal was to get on insurance panels, however, I quickly found out a vital lesson the hard way.. Setting up my practice accepting health insurance was going to be my main source of income. I thought I could used my current credentials that I was using for the past 4 years however I needed to start the insurance credentialing process from scratch. I was informed that it could be a three-month waiting period or not be accepted at all; due to certain insurances not taking my type of licensure! Now I’m only accepting out-of pocket and unable to accept insurance until fully being accepted by insurance panels.

Do you have any new projects coming up? If so, let’s talk about it.

Speak Your Power Seminar- April 22, 2017 at Radisson New Rochelle Hotel from 9-4pm => Buy Tickets Here

This is a special invitation for you to participate in a uniquely developed Interactive seminar that you will surround you around other women who are learning to become Unapologetic about Speaking their power!
Speak Your Power is a seminar where women will learn how to Speak their Power into existence.
This 1 Day seminar features a five-step process that will help you turn your Words into action and results.
“Speak Your Power” is about gaining clarity about where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you want be.
It’s Time to Revolutionize Your Everyday way of Speaking.
With Master Life Coach & Motivational Speaker Cheryl Clarke. She is accomplished Marriage and Family Therapist, businesswoman and entrepreneur with a reputation for creating opportunities transformational change to individuals from every walk of life.

What is a goal you plan to accomplish over the next year?

My Goal are to Grow my new Practice, Have More Motivational Speaking Events, Training Individuals to Do What they Love and to Publish My Book

What would be the best advice you have received and still follow?

Throughout my life I’ve gotten advice from so many people. One that sticks out the most.. I don’t remember where I read or heard it but it’s simple. No one Can Make you happy… It’s an Inside Job… So Do what you love and Not what Other people Expect you to Do!

What’s the worst business advice you received? How did the advice impact your business?

The worst advice that I’ve ever received as a small business owner came from someone who believed just paying minimum wage.
I’ve learned that when an employee has an amazing work performance and loyalty it’s important to award them accordingly….by letting them know you appreciate them. Pay them for what they are worth.

Do you have non-work habits to help you with work-life balance?

I love Spending time with my Family and never bring work home. I also set a time every day to make sure I Shut-Down From work.

Cheryl Clarke

According to Cheryl’s motivational site, she has touched more than 3000 individuals with her words and empowerment on how they can succeed in their lives. It’s actually a small world, Cheryl and Kat have both achieved their Bachelor and Master degrees from the same colleges but within different majors. With an interest in human behavior, Cheryl Clarke’s goals to achieve more for herself and others can be demonstrated in her events or presentations.

Cheryl Clarke’s practice, Clarke Marriage & Family Therapy accepts all insurance, however charge cards and PayPal will also cover the average cost for a session which is between $100 – $170.

If you are interested in seeking assistance in your own journey, please contact Cheryl on her Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Marriage and Family Therapy website.

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