Building a Holistic Therapy Practice with Sara Baker | POP 977

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What are the core aspects of running a holistic private practice? How can you make sure to hire the right people who share your vision for your business? Can you approach healing beyond the scope of just the mind?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about building a holistic therapy practice with Sara Baker.

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Meet Sara Baker

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Sara Baker, known as @‌saraashleycoaching, is a leading figure in holistic wellness and coaching, seamlessly integrating therapy, coaching, and entrepreneurship. As the Founder & Clinical Director of SABI Pathways Holistic Wellness, Sara has pioneered transformative approaches to therapy, evolving from a solo practice to a telehealth group practice in 2020. Her innovative Breakthrough Therapy method combines evidence-based practices with integrative techniques, earning acclaim for its effectiveness in healing mind, body, and spirit.

As a professional business & mindset coach, Sara specializes in supporting ambitious professionals facing stress and burnout, Sara’s mission extends to empowering individuals through high-performance coaching, transformative workshops, and personalized mentorship, guiding them to achieve unparalleled success while prioritizing their mental and emotional well-being.

Visit SABI Pathways and Sara Ashley Coaching and connect on Instagram.

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In this Podcast

  • How having a niche helped Sara succeed
  • Sharing the passion project with others 
  • Sara’s recommendations for a holistic practice 
  • Sara’s advice to private practitioners

How having a niche helped Sara succeed 

It was really important for me in the beginning that, when creating a practice and creating my own business, it was really authentic to me. I wanted to create something that was going to bring me more wealth and more freedom, and also really represent who I was from my core. (Sara Baker)

To find her niche, Sara turned inward. She asked herself: 

  • What is important to me?
  • What am I passionate about?
  • What is important to me about therapy? 
  • What environment do I want to create, and from which feeling? 

Finding a niche that resonated with her not only helped her to create good work but to do work every day that she was excited about doing. 

Sharing the passion project with others 

Naturally, when someone starts a business, they want to hire other people into their company who will share their values and passion for their clients. 

Sara considered what was most important for the business and the values that she wanted to build it around, and these visions and missions were what she used to find and hire the right people. 

So as I started to build the practice and transition into the group model, I really started to work [these values] in from the beginning when I was hiring and when I was putting out posts to bring in more therapists to the team, I was specific in my languaging around who I wanted to attract. (Sara Baker) 

By being intentional with her messaging and words, Sara was able to attract the clinicians who felt passionate about these modalities and values too.  Being specific with your words is like a beacon of light that people who are searching for the same things can spot more easily. 

Sara’s recommendations for a holistic practice 

In terms of the mindset, Sara recommends that having a holistic practice with a holistic approach means treating the whole person. As Sara explains, look at the four bodies: 

  • Mental body 
  • Emotional body 
  • Spiritual body 
  • Physical body 

A holistic approach will encapsulate all of these. 

There’s so much research that’s been done on the mind-body connection, so it’s really good with that … So while you’re focusing on the thoughts and the words coming out, also [focus] on what’s going on in the body, how things are manifesting physically … And helping people to nourish their mind and encouraging them to nourish their body. (Sara Baker) 

There are many paths to exploring spirituality, physical wellness, and even emotional wellness. There is no specific way of thinking or believing but finding comfort in exploring new things to find what works. 

Sara’s advice to private practitioners 

Whatever vision you have for your future, know that it is possible! Just because you are not yet at the level of success you want doesn’t mean you won’t get there – keep at it!

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Meet Joe Sanok

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Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners who are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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