Tammy has an interesting perspective on couples and sex therapy that she developed after doing a lot of couples therapy training. She felt the couples therapy training she had done did not have an adequate understanding of the nature of sexual relationships in couples.
Tammy talked about her busy life seeing clients as well as writing and speaking. She has built her business via referrals and has received a great deal of publicity due to her books.
Tammy stated that work is a big part of her life and that she writes in the evenings. She also emphasized that she makes time for self-care. She also spoke about the importance of having assistants to help her in her business.
[01:15] Tammy reports on her work as a sex and couples therapist in private practice, as well as her speaking engagements and the books she has written.
[04:46] Tammy details her practice schedule, her working hours, and commitments. She mentions that she sometimes offers longer intensive therapy sessions for couples who are in a relationship crisis.
[06:07] Tammy explains sex therapy and sexuality counseling and some of the reasons why people seek these services.
[10:21] Tammy talks about starting out as an art therapist.
[13:45] Tammy reports on her sources of revenue. Her income comes from couples therapy training with therapists, her private practice and her books. Tammy recommends that those wanting to start their own practice should blog or write a book as these have been good promotional tools for her.
[14:27] Tammy talks about her first book and how writing this taught her a lot about women’s body image and peaked her interest in learning more about sexuality.
[16:43] Tammy discusses the success of her second book about couples sex lives and mentions that she is offering a course on writing books (details are on her website).
[23:15] Tammy explains that writing books and having an online presence has given her a great deal of publicity. She states that collaborating with other professionals has helped to build her business as well, as it enables her to pool resources with them.
[25:44] Tammy tells the story of when she was managing a holistic psychotherapy centre but says that circumstances became difficult in the business and in her personal life.
[30:25] Tammy said that she learned about the need to delegate when managing the holistic centre and that this has influenced her to employ assistants.
[33:43] Tammy believes that her virtual assistants are a key component of her business success. She also stresses the importance of focusing on what you enjoy doing in your work.
[36:00] Tammy stated that many people’s fear of competition holds them back, and she encourages other professionals to work collaboratively as she believes this benefits all involved.
[39:03] Tammy talked about the importance of meditation and making time for her family.
[41:30] Tammy mentions that she is working on a few projects at the moment and advises others to do creative things that are not their usual activities.
[42:35] Tammy suggested that those starting a business should find someone who inspires them and hire them for a consult or a supervision session to ask them for advice.
Bio for Therapist, Dr. Tammy Nelson, Fairfield/ New Haven, Connecticut.
Dr. Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, a relationship expert, and international speaker, and author for over 25 years. She holds a Doctorate in Philosophy in Clinical Sexology, is a Board Certified Sexologist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexologists, a Licensed Professional Counselor, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and an Advanced Certified Imago Relationship therapist.
Dr. Nelson is the author of several books including, “The New Monogamy; Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity” (2013), “Getting the Sex You Want; Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together” (2008). She is a featured expert in NY Times, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Fox News, Redbook, MSNBC, Shape, Men’s Health, Woman’s Day, Women’s Health, Self, Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and Time Magazine. Dr. Nelson writes for Huffington Post, YourTango, and Psychotherapy Networker.
Dr. Nelson is the founder and primary faculty instructor for a professional online training program offering teleseminars for therapists in the field of psychotherapy, sexuality, and human development and offers workshops, retreats, and intensives for couples. She is a premier marketer creating publicity campaigns that reach hundreds of thousands, both for clinical and consumer audiences. She can be found at www.drtammynelson.com
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