How to Become a Couples Expert | Podcast 61 an interview with Stuart Fensterheim, LCSW

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Practice Nation, Meet Stuart Fensterheim, LCSW

stuart-fensterheimMeet Stuart Fensterheim, he’s committed to growth and healing. From an early age, Stuart knew he wanted to help others overcome the immense struggles that so often stand in the way of happiness. He says, “Many of us engage in patterns of behavior that obstruct our sense of validation, which can create difficulties when it comes to connecting with others. A lack of strong connections can lead to feelings of loneliness, depression, loss and fear. I believe that we all deserve to live comfortable, happy lives, as free as possible from these obstructions.”

To realize my hope to help others, Stuart received his Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland in 1985, where he specialized in individual and family counseling. He is licensed as a social worker through the Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health. Throughout the years, he has worked in many acute care settings as a medical social worker, a trauma social worker, and a Director of Social Services.

He also does private practice consulting with Joe (full disclosure).


What you’ll discover in this podcast

  • 1:40 How to rank higher in Google
  • 6:55 What Stuart discovered at McDonalds
  • 10:34 How Stuart got someone else to pay for building his reputation
  • 16:27 Something about insurance and reimbursement that you won’t expect
  • 26:12 How cell phones and the internet have shifted everything that Stuart is doing
  • 32:18 The tool that Stuart still uses to overcome fear
  • 35:02 What Stuart wishes he knew years ago that would have made his practice explode quicker

Resources/Actions from this podcast

Book Stuart recommended

The Couples Expert Scottsdale

Stuart’s The Couples Expert Relationship Podcast

Music from the Podcast

Silence is Sexy


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private practice quote


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Joseph R. Sanok, MA, LLP, LPC, NCC

Joe Sanok is a private practice business consultant and counselor that helps small businesses and counselors in private practice that are starting a private practice. He helps owners with website design, vision, growth, and using their time to create income through being a private practice consultant. Joe was frustrated with his lack of business and marketing skills when he left graduate school. He loved helping people through counseling, but felt that often people couldn’t find him. Over the past few years he has grown his skills, income, and ability to lead others, while still maintaining an active private practice in Traverse City, MI. To link to Joe’s Google+ .

Photo courtesy of Stuart Fensterheim



  • Tressa Gibbs says:

    Every time I get in my car I turn on one of your podcasts, and I am always learning and motivated by them! I will often replay parts of them for my husband when I get home, and now he too is very motivated for me to keep building my practice! You have opened my mind to things I never even thought about, and I am so excited for 2015 and more growth for my practice. Thank you for everything…you probably have no idea your sphere of influence and the difference you are making for so many!

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