We had the good fortune of connecting with Krystal Thornton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Krystal, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?

I knew eventually I would become a business owner. It was just the matter of when. I come from a family of entrepreneurs specifically, my grandmother who was the only black local ceramic shop owner in her city. I watched the many things she was skillful at and watch her turn passion into profit at a very young age not realizing that I would too follow in her foot steps and become an entrepreneur. I started and sold many things by joining different network marketing companies and even selling insurance, but it just wasn’t my niche.

However, when I graduated from college and landed a job at a residential facility working with at-risk youth I knew it was something I was chartered to do. I just didn’t know what. Fast forward, I worked as social worker, teacher, and school counselor and realized I was needed more within the community. So, I pursued my licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor and started my own private practice.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?

I am the owner of Seven Counseling & Wellness, LLC. I launched my private practice during the pandemic to serve and provide counseling services to adolescents, adult women, and foster children who have issues with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and suffer with trauma. I am grateful for my supervisor Dr. Tanisha Guy as she provided supervision and mentorship with integrity, fidelity, and expertise while also encouraging me to start my practice as there was a need for black clinicians in the mental health field. I can honestly say the transition to start my independent practice was easy and I have been booked since opening my practice.

The lesson that I learned along the way to is to choose the right intern supervisor or mentor who wants to see you win and can provide you with the right tools to learn and help grow your business in the way that you want. I also believe that most importantly that you should have supervision and mentorship under someone who has integrity and does business with fidelity.

I want the world to know that Seven Counseling & Wellness, LLC is a black female minority owned and historical underutilized business (HUB) certified by the the State of Texas. We serve women and adolescents, provide counseling services, speaking engagements, facilitate workshops, administer mental health and CANS assessments for foster care and state agencies, and consult with other mental health providers. We have collectively been over 18 years of experience of working in education, social services, and the community and is here to serve. I also just published my first book Goal DigH.E.R. 30 Days of Wellness Journal. This book helps you to get started when you are stuck, reframe your mindset, and develop a routine of self accountability with self-care tips, gratitude, positive affirmations, personal development, and a commitment to self. My book can be purchased at www.sevencounselingwellness.com or on Amazon.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is easy! I would first book a spa day at Koffee Day Spa, enjoy a nice brunch at the Soirée Coffee Bar, and have dinner at Vinetti’s or Pangea. I would also enjoy a day of fun and activities by visiting a winery, day party, and shopping. Girls love to shop. So why not? Lol I also believe in being intentional and small intimate spots are always the best. That way you can relax, catch up, and enjoy the moment in an intimate setting.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want recognize a few people as contributors of who I am today. Jennifer Brent and Kieshla Wylie, When I was first hired as a School Counselor, Jennifer provided ongoing support and mentorship to me as a first year school counselor and helped me learn how to implement my counseling program. She was always supportive, kind, willing, and assisted me whenever I needed her. So much that I was awarded as the recipient of the 2014-2015 District Counselor of the Year for Division 4 in Dallas ISD. Her guidance let me to excellence and I am forever grateful for her. Kieshla is my former principal. She involuntary assigned tasks to me, specifically speaking engagements and pushed me beyond my own expectations. She is leader who promotes growth and is responsible for growing me as a leader in my professional.

Website: www.sevencounselingwellness.com

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