We had the good fortune of connecting with Mark Chaney-Gay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mark, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have always wanted to be a therapist. I know that there is a lot of stigma surrounding mental health and that sometimes we all need support in life. I wanted to open my own private practice to support people in life and also help break some of that stigma.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business is, Chaney Therapy , a private therapy practice. It provides therapy as the name would suggest.
The journey to opening my own practice was challenging, but so rewarding. I had to learn skills that I didn’t have (business mindset, accounting, taxes). It was challenging, but I took it one step at a time. I embraced the mindset of, I don’t know this, yet, but I can learn. It’s okay not to be an expert. I asked questions and I was open to feedback. I am a firm believer that we can all learn, grow and succeed.
I am very open about my personal journey. I was a foster kid, I have a physical disability (cerebral palsy). I have a passion for serving these communities. If you get nothing else from this article, I want to highlight this message, you can overcome challenges. You can get support. You can accomplish your goals. It’s okay to ask for help and support.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of my favorite Los Angeles places are:
Santa Monica Pier
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My success would not be possible without the support and mentorship of others. I have had amazing supervisors, mentors and fellow social workers who have shaped my journey and taught me so much.
Photos credit: bob napkin