We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Ashenfelter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
Never go to bed angry…sometimes the reason we’re so angry is because we’re tired. If we get some sleep we might wake up with a different perspective or at the very least be rested enough to continue to work through the anger.
What should our readers know about your business?
I became a therapist because I have a passion to help people whose lives are screaming “something’s gotta give!” But building a therapy practice takes time, perseverance and a solid community of supportive people. One of the biggest challenges I have faced in building our practice has been the business development side of it. I am a trained therapist with thousands of hours in psychological training and experience but I am not a business or marketing person. Building a therapy practice is very much building a business, which I was not trained to do. It has been and continues to be a learning experience. I am so thankful for those in my life who have come alongside me and helped me navigate this terrain. In 2013, after 2 years of part-time practice I was able to leave my fulltime job and focus on really building the practice. Two years later, my husband Michael was able to join me fulltime and just last year we’ve started a new practice, 214 Counseling Group, with our partner Chris where we offer turnkey office space to therapists who only need part-time space or are new to private practice and aren’t ready to sign a long-term lease. BUT my favorite part of my practice is equine-assisted therapy where I partner with horses to help my clients, (individuals, couples, groups) gain new insights and understanding about themselves and their relationships. Horses are amazing therapeutic partners.
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?
There is so much to do in the DFW area its really hard to pick! Some of my favorite spots would have to be brunch at The Rustic, an afternoon at Klyde Warren Park or a walk around White Rock Lake. I’ve recently discovered the Springcreek Nature Preserve which is amazing and the shops in downtown McKinney are great for some boutique shopping. Midnight at the Nasher is a blast, my favorite place to grab a great cocktail is hands down The People’s Last Stand.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband and business partner, Michael. He has been my cheerleader from the moment we met. He has challenged me, encouraged me, and supported me personally and professionally. He has always believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself.
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