Laurie specializes in child to parent violence. She has set up an arrangement working with her local county in Florida to be the therapist who provides this service. She has also set up a non-profit to help her clients pay for her services. Laurie’s business model, as well as her niche, are unique for a therapist. It shows her creativity in creating the business that she wants.
[01:54] Laurie talks about her work as a family therapist with child to parent violence, including those charged with domestic violence. Her work also involves the parents.
[04:00] Laurie says that the referrals that she gets are from the Florida Juvenile Justice system in Seminole County. She also explains the change in laws in domestic violence over the years and how children can now be charged.
[06:35] Laurie states that some parents contact her looking for help with their violent teenager prior to police intervention. She has a course for parents on her website which other therapists refer their clients to.
[08:36] Laurie talks about how she feels professionals require training to deal specifically with teenage aggression.
[09:56] Laurie discloses her personal experience growing up – her relationships with her parents and her sister’s violence in the home. She explains that this situation motivated her to want to work with families where there is child to parent violence.
[12:33] Laurie talks about the ‘cycle of abuse’ that she observed early on in her career and how she believed that the problem needed addressing from a family systems perspective.
[14:12] Laurie details the format of the ten-week program she offers.
[15:28] Laurie explains why she does not charge or claim insurance from clients, not wanting to add a financial burden to them. She instead has a contract with the County.
[17:07] Laurie shares that she started a non-profit portion of her business and explains how it has helped to get grants and scholarships for some families.
[19:17] Laurie explains how she got the contract with Seminole County juvenile justice system and advises other health professionals looking to do something similar to approach non-profits and show what specialized services they can provide.
[24:45] Laurie says that presenting at conferences and research work for universities have been beneficial to building her business.
[26:56] Laurie talks about how her online course was put together and how it helps her gain passive income.
[30:04] Laurie talks about the difficulties of marketing services focussing on the topic of child and parent violence.
[33:23] Laurie talks about contributing to two books and the curriculum she has created.
[36:00] Laurie believes that the challenges of owning your own therapy business require you to have self-confidence and perseverance.
[38:57] Laurie advises those with their own business to be sure of what they want to do and then to surround themselves with the necessary support. She also stresses that there is an ongoing journey of learning that goes along with building a therapy practice.
Bio – Laurie Reid, Marriage & Family Therapist, Child to Parent Violence Expert
Laurie Reid, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Life Coach, and Founder and President of Breaking the Cycle Consulting, Inc., (BTC), a service-disabled Veteran and woman-owned and operated small business based in Central Florida. BTC is an experienced voice on the topic of Parent Abuse internationally known as Child to Parent Violence.
For more than 18 years, Laurie has worked with tweens, teens, couples and families in the area of family counseling, and child to parent violence. She is the co-author of the Breaking the Cycle Family Curriculum, a 10-week multi-family group program addressing teen abuse and violence within the home, and the author of the “Parents’ Guide to Resolving Teen Aggression and Abuse” video program.
Laurie is an expert in behavioral health quality management, assessing and improving clinical operational and financial performance, behavioral health accreditation preparation, clinical documentation, and Florida Medicaid documentation regulations. She often provides consulting services to organizations on these topics.
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