Are you a good listener? Can you look at a situation objectively and work out steps to a solution? Megan D’Angelo in Bellevue, WA has always had these skills, it seems. And ultimately, they led to her own practice, Balanced Living Counseling Services.
I got started in all of this when I was young. I’ve always been the go-to person for people when they have troubles. There’s just something that people see in me. To this day, I am given the intimate details of people’s lives in the oddest of places – like the grocery store.
Supporting each person’s unique definition of wellness
Megan firmly believes that her secret weapon in the counseling universe is… Megan!
Born and raised in the Midwest, she has a direct style and a ‘whatever works’ approach to wellness. Each person’s definition of being well and feeling healthy is different from anyone else’s. As long as what you’re doing brings no harm to yourself or anyone else, ‘you do you’.
Before Megan launched her counseling practice, she worked at a little bit of everything: Cashier, vet assistant, mail packaging person, envelope stuffer, pool attendant and food service employee. All of that experience worked together to make Megan relatable to many different people and their situations.
Sometimes people just need someone to talk to
Megan was drawn to community mental health, working with people who lived with severe and persistent issues. That experience provided a basic experience in helping individuals who have few or no resources. After her son was born, she needed a more flexible schedule, and spent four years as an independent contractor. Working with two very differently run group private practices gave valuable lessons in billing and other aspects not usually considered when just starting.
Now, Megan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), in her own full-time practice in Bellevue, WA. There’s an easy to follow map on her Facebook page. Word gets around, and there’s a waitlist for Balanced Living Counseling Services. One of the biggest challenges she faces is answering the phone. Recently she changed her voicemail to have interested new clients to email instead of leaving a message. This move saves easily three hours a day, to spend more productively in counseling.
Branding to engage the audience
I had several ideas about what kind of logo I wanted for my business. And I went through the entire process with a few of them, then in the final stage I had to pick one. That was hard. I asked several colleagues for their opinions and got a lot of good information from them about what they saw in each.
I had to think about who I wanted my audience to be and what I wanted them to feel when they saw the logo. I already had a name picked out, so that was easy. My designer worked with me so well on adjusting the images to what I wanted, and kept them looking professional and warm.
My new brand has helped to reach so many people. I strive for balance in life – not just mine, but also my clients’ lives. My goal is for my clients to embrace their imperfect selves. I feel like I say that with my brand now.
Taking the next step. And the next. And the next.
Megan sees unlimited possibilities in her future. One of her dreams is to do consulting for those who are opening their own practices. Another path might be to specialize in helping a particular group of people. Yet another opportunity could be to develop a signature therapy technique. These choices are not mutually exclusive. All are definitely workable, together.
For someone who feels the pull to make others’ lives better, Megan has some advice. Based on her own experiences and observations, Megan is honest, yet encouraging.
Being scared does not mean that you shouldn’t do it. Fear helps us prepare for what will happen, but the fear never goes away if you are taking risks, you just feel more confident in your ability to handle any obstacles along the way. But also, prepare, do research, ask questions, get a mentor, join a group and learn the ins and outs of private practice.
Getting in touch with Megan is as easy as clicking onto her Facebook page. In the About section, select Call or Email, and you’re on the way to making a new friend who wants to help you feel more whole.