We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelle, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
It might sound cliche, but I do believe that if you do what you love, success will follow. I have built a successful business by pursuing what I’ve felt is my “calling,” which is working with people, listening to them, and trying to help them heal. Now I’m a licensed therapist, working with people every day and seeing them grow and change into happier, healthier versions of themselves. Mark Twain said, “To succeed in life, you need 2 things: ignorance and confidence.” I have allowed myself ignorance, which comes from a humble curiosity of what makes people tick and a willingness to admit that I don’t know all the answers. And I have demonstrated confidence by consistently showing up and maintaining the mindset that I know I am perfectly capable of helping others. So yes, I believe in the cliche… doing what I love, being open minded, and remaining confident have been the most important factors behind my success.
What should our readers know about your business?
I really didn’t know much about starting a business… I’m a therapist after all, without much training in how to start, run, or maintain a business. But I went to work googling, talking to colleagues, and reaching out to a professional who could help me set everything up… and now I have created King Family Therapy! I specialize in trauma, addiction, anxiety, and life changes. I practice EMDR therapy, which is a brain-based therapy typically used to treat trauma and also effective in treating other psychological issues. I would like to say that my business stands out because I truly care about my clients, but I think that most therapists (ideally all!) truly care about their clients. But I do find it rewarding to see how people grow in therapy, and I love to see the positive results. I care about every person who walks through my door, and I really listen to their needs. I think that makes King Family Therapy a special place for people to feel seen, heard, and cared for.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hmm.. this is a fun question because there are so many cool places in LA. First, food! Urth Caffe in Santa Monica for Spanish lattes, S&W Diner in Culver for a great breakfast. Bacari in Playa Vista for great small plates (the cauliflower is amazing), or happy hour tacos at Sol. For dinner, Hatchet Hall for something nice or Cantalini’s for yummy Italian. As far as things to do, we’d be laying out at the beach and then walking the Venice boardwalk to check out the artists, skate park, roller skaters, and shops. We might rent bikes and take the path down from Santa Monica to Hermosa Beach. I’m not much of a Hollywood girl, but no trip to LA would be complete without seeing the Hollywood sign, Sunset Blvd, and the walk of fame. But the most special thing we would do is go to a concert at the Fonda or the Shrine Auditorium (and if my favorite artist Glass Animals was playing we’d definitely be there!) The list could go on… which is really just to say how grateful I am to live in such a wonderful place.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my shoutout to the Stokes family. I met them while I was still in school working towards my dream, and they always expressed support and confidence in me. I’m not sure they know how much their love has meant to me, so I’ll use this opportunity to give them credit. They’re a special family for which I am very grateful.
Jackson and Dakota Rayfield