Today we’d like to introduce you to Meredith Riddick.
Meredith, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In 2007, I began working in Arizona at a residential treatment center for adult women with eating disorders. I always knew I would want to open my own private practice one day, so 2009 presented the opportunity to move back to my hometown of Houston and begin this venture. I was a solo practice from 2009 to 2015 in the Galleria and The Heights area. During this time, I received the prestigious Certified Eating Disorders Specialist designation and also became a state Supervisor for LPCs and also a supervisor for this designation. It was around this time that my practice was full for about a year and I kept having to turn away new clients that I decided to hire my first associate. Within a year, I had expanded to two office locations and hired five other associates. The last two years have brought many learning experiences, some tears and much gratitude venturing into this world of therapist AND businesswoman.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not always been a smooth road. From 2013 to 2016, I worked out of a home office and then just rented a small space for the one associate I hired first. By the summer of 2016, I was engaged and planning a wedding, so moved out of my home office to rent a larger space for all of us working out of the Houston office AND had closed on the office condo I purchased with my business partner out in Katy just a couple of months before. Needless to say, going from a home office with hardly any overhead to hiring multiple associates and expanding to two locations, my overhead more than quadrupled and I had not yet acquired enough business to necessarily justify this transition. I ended up working 20-30 hours more per week and making less than half of what I used to make, sometimes going pay periods without being able to pay myself. However, about a year later and having to let go of one associate, another leaving to start her own practice and hiring one more, I have learned much more about managing expectations, communicating more clearly as an employer and how to balance cash flow in the practice.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Cook Counseling Services – what should we know?
We are a group practice of therapists (Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor Interns) who treat general mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, stress and relationships and we specialize in eating disorders, trauma, foster/adoption issues, postpartum issues and OCD. I am most proud that we are able to provide such a large variety of services, some at reduced rates, that we can accommodate a large number of clients with reasonably priced sessions. We are set apart in the specialties we have all accumulated and the provision of high quality and evidenced based care.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Intentionality, discipline and creativity all go together when you run a business with a client centered service. You have to be intentional and disciplined when it comes to business planning and setting goals, while also having enough creativity to be able to see the big picture of what is working, what is not working and pivot to make appropriate changes.
- An intake session ranges from $65 to $160.
- An individual 45 minute follow up session after the intake ranges from $50 to $130.
- We also provide specialized group therapy ranging in price from $20 to $50.
- Address: 2200 North Loop West
Suite 123, Houston, TX 77018
Katy: 411 Park Grove Drive, Suite 720, Katy, TX 77450
- Website: www.cookcounseling.com
- Phone: 281-869-6160
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cookcounselingtx/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/CCStherapist