We had the good fortune of connecting with Bruce Cameron LPC-S, LSOTP-S and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bruce, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
As I was approaching retirement from the United States Department of Justice (Federal Law Enforcement Officer), I did a deep dive into what my career options would be moving forward. In 2016, I became a Certified Life Coach and had an executive caseload of clients, in addition to my outpatient practice. The blend of my federal experience and being a Licensed Professional Counselor opened the idea to start a private practice. The specialty areas of my practice are addictive and compulsive behaviors/ boundary-violating behavior treatment, executive/life coaching, and working with individuals faced with criminal charges.

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What should our readers know about your business?
The Counseling Consulting practice differs from others in many ways. First, being a retired Federal Officer brings a rare skill set. Second, our specialty areas of compulsive, antisocial, boundary-violating behaviors lend themselves to clients that are not ordinarily seen by many other providers, For example, in Texas one needs to hold a special license (LSOTP) to work with sexual offenders. I’ve held that particular license since 2007 and this has been a great feature of our work and efforts to promote public safety through counseling/treatment. I am proud that the practice has flourished for decades and continues to do so. It was not an easy journey initially and there were challenges to overcome. Several individuals were naysayers, especially a pay-for-service/no-insurance practice, touting that we were “doomed for failure.” Strategically, I began as an academic tutor, performing home-based services. Once I saw the market needed a male counselor in the area, I completed the business paperwork necessary to open an office. Soon after opening I joined the local Chamber of Commerce. This opened doors for talks and media appearances. Audiences were mesmerized by some of my experiences as a therapist in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. I utilized whatever media I could afford and invested in the business. After 2 years the practice grew and I formed a type of LLC for obvious tax and liability reasons. The pay-for-service practice is now and continues to thrive. The practice grew, expanding into life coaching by 2016. This produced an opportunity to host LA Talk Radio’s Concierge Coaches Show, featured by iHeart Media, Apple Podcast, Amazon Audible, and others. This became a vehicle to advertise my practice and promote others’ work. I was encouraged to add Federal Prison Consulting to our service delivery the next year. This has been an overwhelming success. Lessons learned were: make correct business decisions, hire a good CPA, hire an attorney for guidance as needed, and reinvest in the business via advertising that is in your budget, and public relations continuously. Another lesson is to utilize social media to drive traffic to your business. Be patient, lasting success takes continuous time and energy.

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If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
North Texas has so many things to do. It would be difficult to fit everything in a week. I might start with visiting the Star in Frisco and seeing the Dallas Cowboys facilities. Then visit the PGA headquarters in Frisco. A round of the newly opened Tiger Woods putt-ptt- 5 miles south in the Colony Texas is always fun. Legacy West has numerous shopping and restaurants/bars to go to. The Byron Nelson and other golf tournaments are hosted nearby. I would visit Fort Worth to see the stockyard. But also, the museums near West 7th are a must-see as well. Catching a Texas Rangers game, Cowboys game, Mavericks game. On any given week there are fantastic live shows at numerous venues for music and art. There are many things to see and do here in the DFW area.

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Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My success was built on the shoulders of many friends and encouragers. I want to thank my former DOJ colleagues and current friends who have been and continue to be a driving force in my life: Jose Santana, Dr. Susan Giddings, Scott Sutton, Michael McGehee, JP, and Ken Everhart. Dr. Randy Noblitt helped me set up my private practice and was gracious enough to share his wisdom and paperwork to help open my office. The friendship and support from Rolando Hernandez and Alfonso Chan have helped shape my consultation practice and they are always available for support. Dr. Leo Sprinkle from the University of Wyoming. His kindness and support fueled my desire to complete my studies in Clinical Psychology and move on to a lifetime of service to others. Lastly, I’d like to thank my wife D’Anne Fereday. Her endless love and support are felt every day.

Website: https://www.cameronlpc.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/bcameron2

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cameronlpc

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/firststepact

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@FirstStepActBOP

Other: www.latalkradio.com/content/concierge-coaches-show

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