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Meet Kara Kohnen, LMFT

Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Kara Kohnen. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.


Kara, we’ve been so fortunate to work with so many incredible folks and one common thread we have seen is that those who have built amazing lives for themselves are also often the folks who are most generous. Where do you think your generosity comes from? My philosophy is “Giver’s Gain” meaning the more generous I am with helping others, the more likely this is to come back to me and my goals. Zig Ziglar said “you can have whatever you want in life as long as you help enough people get what they want too.” As a licensed marriage and family therapist providing care and healing for youth and families is a role automatically generous in care, emotion and intellect from therapist to patient and I loved this role. As a I started my own business, I realized I could only help a certain amount of people myself and this was limited. With growth, the number of people my team could help becomes truly unlimited. We have now helped thousands of kids, teens, adults and families, which I am very proud of. I could not have done this without so many people being generous with their referrals, shared business wisdom and a community of long standing support. I am very grateful for all the generosity of my family, friends, networking partners, community members, other therapists and professionals, past and current patients, therapists both current and previous who have helped make helping so many throughout San Diego County and Murrieta, CA possible.


Thanks for sharing that. So, before we get any further into our conversation, can you tell our readers a bit about yourself and what you’re working on? My current focus is on growth! We are recruiting, hire and training both Associate and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Social Workers and Professional Clinical Counselors who have a passion for working with youth and families and want the benefits of private practice with support both clinically and administratively. Our team is growing in 7 locations and via fully remote Telehealth throughout CA as well. Our core values are: Growth Mindset, Learning and Development, Work-Life Balance, Integrity, Sense of Purpose, Fantastic Culture, Emotional Investment, Trust in Leadership, Encouragement and Recognition, Involvement and Belonging and Fair Compensation and Benefits. We are hoping to add 15-20 team members this coming year as we’d love to be able to schedule more of the patients calling us for help! We have room both in office, hybrid and fully remote roles.


If you had to pick three qualities that are most important to develop, which three would you say matter most? Upon reflection, I would say my work ethic was developed early in life and thanks to my family. I worked starting at 9 for my father’s business and then in various roles throughout my adolescence which instilled work ethic and helping others as a core value. I understood to achieve much, much is expected. On the other end of this, I have also had many role models that are high achievers and, in turn, generous givers. Some of the things that were most helpful to me along the way is celebrate and focus on progress, not perfection. Mistakes and failures can be the most opportunity to grow so it’s important to embrace them, learn and keep going. A huge game changer came from the idea of making time to work on the business, not in the business itself. When I was full time as clinician, which I loved, I was unable to devote resources to planning the next chapter. This was a key turning point help me to work through my own resistance of seeing less patients myself and get our team to new level of growth. I have countless people to thank for sharing their encouragement, support and motivation with me throughout my life.


Thanks so much for sharing all these insights with us today. Before we go, is there a book that’s played in important role in your development? In the book E-Myth by Michael Gerber, he talks about working “on” the business not just in the business. I read this about 8 years ago and light bulb definitely went on. I had no idea how to do this at that time, but I knew I needed to figure out a way. I have shared this with many solo entrepreneurs over the years as it changed the course of my life and my business. It’s not only knowing this but having the courage to step forward into action and make it happen that is the game changer. Sometimes this takes time or doesn’t work the way you think it might so it’s important to have support through this process.


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