300 episodes

With over 1.2 million downloads, Selling the Couch is a top podcast for current and future mental health private practitioners.

Psychologist Melvin Varghese interviews successful therapists in private practice about how they've built their businesses + diversified their income in/beyond the therapy room as well as top entrepreneurs, business/marketing, productivity, and social media experts.

You'll learn how successful business owners get referrals, make money, work through fears, and how they've stopped "trading time for income."

Melvin also shares the lessons as he grows his impact and diversifies his income beyond the therapy room (podcasting, video, online courses, membership sites, group masterminds, investing, etc) and the tips, tools, and tech he uses to grow STC from a single-person business to the CEO of a 5-person 100% remote team.

What you get are bite-sized and highly actionable tips to guide your private practice and entrepreneurial journey.

The best way to get started is to check out https://sellingthecouch.com/start . =)

Selling the Couch Melvin Varghese, PhD

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With over 1.2 million downloads, Selling the Couch is a top podcast for current and future mental health private practitioners.

Psychologist Melvin Varghese interviews successful therapists in private practice about how they've built their businesses + diversified their income in/beyond the therapy room as well as top entrepreneurs, business/marketing, productivity, and social media experts.

You'll learn how successful business owners get referrals, make money, work through fears, and how they've stopped "trading time for income."

Melvin also shares the lessons as he grows his impact and diversifies his income beyond the therapy room (podcasting, video, online courses, membership sites, group masterminds, investing, etc) and the tips, tools, and tech he uses to grow STC from a single-person business to the CEO of a 5-person 100% remote team.

What you get are bite-sized and highly actionable tips to guide your private practice and entrepreneurial journey.

The best way to get started is to check out https://sellingthecouch.com/start . =)

    288: 3 Ways To Become A Better Leader In A Post-Pandemic World

    288: 3 Ways To Become A Better Leader In A Post-Pandemic World

    So much of what we do as clinicians revolves around leadership, even though we may not be comfortable thinking of ourselves that way. If we are truly leaders in what we do, it makes sense to learn all we can about making ourselves the best leaders possible. The world needs good leaders! Join us as we discuss all things leadership development in today’s show
    Our Featured Guest
    Jevin Koleth
    Jevin Koleth is a leadership coach who happens to be a childhood friend of mine. He has vast experience in what it means to be a leader through his time as a regional manager for a major healthcare system in Texas. I want you to hear Jevin’s insights about why leadership needs to be developed first at the individual level before implementing the more popular team approach. We also dive into how leadership has changed as a result of the pandemic, and we wrap up with personal and real-life experiences from Jevin that can help you in your growth as a leader.
    https://www.instagram.com/jevinkoleth/?hl=en (Jevin Koleth )
    You’ll Learn:
    ● Why effective leadership development has to begin at the individual level with a solid foundation
    ● The first steps in an individualized approach to leadership training:
    ○ Identify the person’s personal purpose and mission
    ○ Identify the person’s barriers to being their best self
    ● How Jevin becomes an accountability coach in helping people develop long-term habits
    ● Why the mass team approach to leadership training needs to FOLLOW after the foundational individual approach
    ● Why it’s good to develop one’s self as a leader to be the best version of yourself
    ● How an impactful leader will come across with consistency
    ● How leadership has changed during the pandemic in the three areas of remote leadership, interpersonal skills, and team culture
    ● Jevin’s pearls of wisdom about going back to work in the office
    ● Why a leader’s goal should be positive outcomes from difficult conversations
    ● Highlights of Jevin’s current work as a leadership coach
    Today’s Sponsor:https://sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme ( Zynnyme)Zynnyme was founded in 2010 by therapists and private practice owners, Kelly Higdon and Miranda Palmer. Kelly and Miranda have become good friends of mine who have helped me immensely on my business journey + they've helped over 50k of our colleagues.
    I credit their Business School Boot Camp for helping build the business and life that I imagined. Their values align with mine in helping clients build valuable and gratifying businesses while living healthy, happy, and sustainable lives.
    Check out their website for a wealth of resources and services + sign up for a free 4 day, live private practice marketing masterclass they're putting together to help us establish a private practice with the best outcomes and income at https://www.sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme (sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme)
    RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.
    MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You):🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business)


    💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course))


    MY FREE GUIDES:

    🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide)
    🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course)


    MY COURSES:

    🎧...

    • 34 min
    287: Building A Directory For Trauma Therapists

    287: Building A Directory For Trauma Therapists

    Today’s show is about building an online directory, which is hugely relevant to every clinician. Whether you’ve used an online directory to refer clients or thought about creating a directory to help other clinicians and clients, you know that it is a valuable resource that makes it easier to find a therapist who can help with very specific needs. Join us to learn more!
    Our Featured Guest
    Laura Reagan, LCSW-C
    Laura Reagan is a clinical social worker and integrative trauma specialist in Maryland who had the idea to create a directory for trauma therapists, Trauma Therapist Network. She’s a trauma survivor who has specifically worked around trauma for the past 19 years. Through her years of experience, she has learned a lot about the nuances of trauma therapy, the services available, and what services are lacking. Laura gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how her idea for the directory evolved, the logical steps in the creation process, and the helpful resources that are available in creating an online directory. We wrap up today’s conversation with a look at what has gone well in Laura’s process and the things that are being constantly tweaked along the way.
    https://traumatherapistnetwork.com/ (Trauma Therapist Network)
    You’ll Learn:
    ● How Laura got the idea to create an online directory of trauma therapists
    ● How Laura saw the need and made the leap to create the online directory
    ● How the directory helps people find the specific therapy focus that aligns with their trauma
    ● How the directory goes beyond finding a therapist but also helps inform and educate people about trauma and its effects
    ● The first steps Laura took to take the online directory from an idea to reality
    ● Why Laura was willing to make the intentional commitment of time, effort, and money (lots of money!) to make the directory a thoroughly usable resource that helps people feel safe, hopeful, and reassured
    ● How Laura conveys the important message through the directory that trauma doesn’t define a person and that there is hope to improve and make a better life
    ● Why Laura had to allow herself to receive help and support in the development process
    ● How creating the directory has been similar to giving birth to a child and watching it grow and develop into what it was meant to be
    Today’s Sponsor:https://sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme ( Zynnyme)Zynnyme was founded in 2010 by therapists and private practice owners, Kelly Higdon and Miranda Palmer. Kelly and Miranda have become good friends of mine who have helped me immensely on my business journey + they've helped over 50k of our colleagues.
    I credit their Business School Boot Camp for helping build the business and life that I imagined. Their values align with mine in helping clients build valuable and gratifying businesses while living healthy, happy, and sustainable lives.
    Check out their website for a wealth of resources and services + sign up for a free 4 day, live private practice marketing masterclass they're putting together to help us establish a private practice with the best outcomes and income at https://www.sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme (sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme)
    RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.
    MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You):🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business)


    💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launc

    • 33 min
    286: When Chronic Health Concerns Are Dismissed

    286: When Chronic Health Concerns Are Dismissed

    Welcome to a new season of STC! Today’s conversation is different from the typical STC session, as it was inspired by a thread created in the STC community about healthcare providers dismissing legitimate medical concerns. This situation is one that you might encounter personally or with your clients, so I hope you’ll find our conversation helpful and informative. Join us!
    Our Featured Guest
    Danielle Hughes, MA, LPC
    Danielle Hughes is in private practice in Loveland, CO. Danielle shared her perspective in the STC community as someone with a chronic illness who struggled for 12 years to get a proper diagnosis. She interacted with several healthcare providers who didn’t believe that her physical issues could be attributed to anything other than stress and trauma.
    It’s been quite a journey for Danielle, who was just recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that truly affects her energy levels on a daily basis. In today’s session, Danielle shares her story and the challenges she has overcome
    with the fortitude to keep going when doctors attributed her problems to psychological issues. We also dive deep into practical questions you can ask in
    sessions with clients who have chronic illnesses and related psychological concerns.
    Find Danielle Hughes on Facebook and Instagram, @daniellehughesLPC
    You’ll Learn:
    ● About Danielle’s health journey that began with joint pain and fatigue in college
    ● How she was dismissed by the medical community as her physical concerns were attributed to stress for 12 years
    ● How Danielle found the fortitude to keep pushing forward with multiple doctors and specialists to get a diagnosis of an autoimmune disease
    ● About the route Danielle took with her PCP, the VA system, and multiple specialists
    ● Danielle’s advice for clinicians dealing with clients with physical issues in addition to psychological concerns
    ● Why it’s important to believe the client and not relate everything to trauma or anxiety
    ● How clinicians can be most helpful by asking questions and being supportive to understand the whole of the client’s life
    ● Why we should respond with compassion and curiosity when we are tempted to assume there’s nothing wrong with someone who appears “fine”
    ● About a typical day/week for Danielle, a clinician in private practice with a chronic autoimmune disease
    ● How Danielle deals with days when she struggles to function as a clinician
    Today’s Sponsor:https://sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme ( Zynnyme)Zynnyme was founded in 2010 by therapists and private practice owners, Kelly Higdon and Miranda Palmer. Kelly and Miranda have become good friends of mine who have helped me immensely on my business journey + they've helped over 50k of our colleagues.
    I credit their Business School Boot Camp for helping build the business and life that I imagined. Their values align with mine in helping clients build valuable and gratifying businesses while living healthy, happy, and sustainable lives.
    Check out their website for a wealth of resources and services + sign up for a free 4 day, live private practice marketing masterclass they're putting together to help us establish a private practice with the best outcomes and income at https://www.sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme (sellingthecouch.com/zynnyme)
    RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.
    MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You):🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On D

    • 26 min
    ENCORE: 5 Tips To Authentically Get On Podcasts: Melvin Varghese, PhD

    ENCORE: 5 Tips To Authentically Get On Podcasts: Melvin Varghese, PhD

    As STC has grown, I’ve been wanting to address this topic of getting on other podcasts as a guest. In a typical week, I receive several requests from people wanting to be a guest on STC. There are several reasons why I cannot accept every one of those requests, and there are things to consider in remaining authentic while seeking podcast appearances. In this solo episode, we discuss some tips to follow if you want to increase your exposure by appearing on podcasts.
    RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.
    MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You):

    🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business)


    💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course))


    MY FREE GUIDES:

    🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide)
    🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course)


    MY COURSES:

    🎧 https://sellingthecouch.com/jointhehealthcasters (The Healthcasters) (A podcasting course + community for helpers/healers):
    💻 https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (Online Course School) (A course to create, sell, and grow a successful online course): COMING IN 2022 (please feel free to download the online guide course above and I can keep you updated as I'm trying to build this with ample input and care including a chance to work 1 on 1 with me!):


    MY FAVORITE SOFTWARE:

    🧳 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/captivate (My Podcast Hosting Platform) (Captivate-Includes 7 Day Free Trial):
    🚀 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/kartra (My All In One Online Business Platform) (Kartra-Includes 14 Day Free Trial):
    🤖 https://sellingthecouch.com/easywebinar (What I Use For Evergreen Webinars) (Easy Webinar)
    🌐 My Website Host (SiteGround-Includes Discount)
    🎨 My WebSite Theme (Divi)


    MY FAVORITE GEAR:

    ❤️ https://youtu.be/iYBrAhrdVDY (STC Home Office Tour! )
    📔 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-online-counseling-coaching-kit (My Online Counseling + Coaching Gear)
    🎥 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-live-streaming-kit (My YouTube + Live Streaming Camera Gear)


    SUBSCRIBE TO THE STC PODCAST:

    Since 2015, I've hosted a weekly podcast where I interview successful therapists in private practice and other business owners to help us grow our impact + income in and beyond the therapy room.
    The podcast has been downloaded over 1.2 million times and is heard in over 140 countries.
    You can find also it by searching “Selling The Couch” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Selling The Couch" on your Amazon device. =
    Or simply click below for ease =).
    https://selling-the-couch.captivate.fm/listen (SUBSCRIBE HERE)

    LET'S BE FRIENDS:

    💌 https://my.captivate.fm/sellingthecouch.com/newsletter (Sign up to receive the free A To Z Online Course Guide + receive the weekly STC email newsletter) (trusted by over 7k colleagues)
    🌍 https://www.sellingthecouch.com (My website / blog)
    📸 https://www.instagram.com/melvinvarghesephd/ (Instagram) (I mainly post "behind the scenes" stuff about my life and business)


    WHO'S THIS GUY?

    Hi. I'm Melvin. I'm a psychologist (PhD), entrepreneur, and online creator living in Philadelphia, PA.
    In 2014, I began to think about how to

    • 24 min
    ENCORE: How I create Live Stream Content With 30 Minutes of Prep: Melvin Varghese, Ph.D.

    ENCORE: How I create Live Stream Content With 30 Minutes of Prep: Melvin Varghese, Ph.D.

    This is the follow-up to last week’s podcast about creating a professional livestream. We’ve already covered the gear you’ll need, so today’s show focuses on creating the content for your livestream. Join me for Part 2!
    If you listened to Episode 258, you might be saying, “OK, Melvin, I have the gear, so what else do I need to do to prep for my livestream?” I’m glad you asked! After only doing livestreams for a few months, I’ve already learned a lot (including some very cool timesaving hacks and helpful tools), and I’m eager to share those experiences with you.
    RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.
    MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You):

    🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business)


    💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course))


    MY FREE GUIDES:

    🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide)
    🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course)


    MY COURSES:

    🎧 https://sellingthecouch.com/jointhehealthcasters (The Healthcasters) (A podcasting course + community for helpers/healers):
    💻 https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (Online Course School) (A course to create, sell, and grow a successful online course): COMING IN 2022 (please feel free to download the online guide course above and I can keep you updated as I'm trying to build this with ample input and care including a chance to work 1 on 1 with me!):


    MY FAVORITE SOFTWARE:

    🧳 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/captivate (My Podcast Hosting Platform) (Captivate-Includes 7 Day Free Trial):
    🚀 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/kartra (My All In One Online Business Platform) (Kartra-Includes 14 Day Free Trial):
    🤖 https://sellingthecouch.com/easywebinar (What I Use For Evergreen Webinars) (Easy Webinar)
    🌐 My Website Host (SiteGround-Includes Discount)
    🎨 My WebSite Theme (Divi)


    MY FAVORITE GEAR:

    ❤️ https://youtu.be/iYBrAhrdVDY (STC Home Office Tour! )
    📔 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-online-counseling-coaching-kit (My Online Counseling + Coaching Gear)
    🎥 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-live-streaming-kit (My YouTube + Live Streaming Camera Gear)


    SUBSCRIBE TO THE STC PODCAST:

    Since 2015, I've hosted a weekly podcast where I interview successful therapists in private practice and other business owners to help us grow our impact + income in and beyond the therapy room.
    The podcast has been downloaded over 1.2 million times and is heard in over 140 countries.
    You can find also it by searching “Selling The Couch” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Selling The Couch" on your Amazon device. =
    Or simply click below for ease =).
    https://selling-the-couch.captivate.fm/listen (SUBSCRIBE HERE)

    LET'S BE FRIENDS:

    💌 https://my.captivate.fm/sellingthecouch.com/newsletter (Sign up to receive the free A To Z Online Course Guide + receive the weekly STC email newsletter) (trusted by over 7k colleagues)
    🌍 https://www.sellingthecouch.com (My website / blog)
    📸 https://www.instagram.com/melvinvarghesephd/ (Instagram) (I mainly post "behind the scenes" stuff about my life and business)


    WHO'S THIS GUY?

    Hi. I'm Melvin. I'm a psychol

    • 27 min
    ENCORE: Expert Insights on How to Generate Revenue Through Podcasting

    ENCORE: Expert Insights on How to Generate Revenue Through Podcasting

    RESOURCES TO GUIDE YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY Disclosures: Please note that all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Sponsors are acknowledged. Some links in the description are affiliate links where if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a commission at no additional cost to you. I use these funds to continue to create helpful content to serve our field. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.


    MY FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS (These Can Be Watched At A Date/Time That Works For You):

    🎙️ Using Podcasting To Grow Your Business (Lessons Learned From 9 Downloads On Day 1 To 1.2 Million And a 7 Income Stream Business)


    💻 https://sellingthecouch.easywebinar.live/registration-3 (How To Launch And Grow A Successful Online Course (Lessons Learned From A $297 First Sale To $150k Online Course))


    MY FREE GUIDES:

    🎤 https://sellingthecouch.com/podcastingguide (Start your Podcast: The QuickStart Guide)
    🖥️ https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (The A To Z Online Course)


    MY COURSES:

    🎧 https://sellingthecouch.com/jointhehealthcasters (The Healthcasters) (A podcasting course + community for helpers/healers):
    💻 https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (Online Course School) (A course to create, sell, and grow a successful online course): COMING IN 2022 (please feel free to download the online guide course above and I can keep you updated as I'm trying to build this with ample input and care including a chance to work 1 on 1 with me!):


    MY FAVORITE SOFTWARE:

    🧳 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/captivate (My Podcast Hosting Platform) (Captivate-Includes 7 Day Free Trial):
    🚀 https://www.sellingthecouch.com/kartra (My All In One Online Business Platform) (Kartra-Includes 14 Day Free Trial):
    🤖 https://sellingthecouch.com/easywebinar (What I Use For Evergreen Webinars) (Easy Webinar)
    🌐 My Website Host (SiteGround-Includes Discount)
    🎨 My WebSite Theme (Divi)


    MY FAVORITE GEAR:

    ❤️ https://youtu.be/iYBrAhrdVDY (STC Home Office Tour! )
    📔 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-online-counseling-coaching-kit (My Online Counseling + Coaching Gear)
    🎥 https://kit.co/mvarghese/my-live-streaming-kit (My YouTube + Live Streaming Camera Gear)


    SUBSCRIBE TO THE STC PODCAST:

    Since 2015, I've hosted a weekly podcast where I interview successful therapists in private practice and other business owners to help us grow our impact + income in and beyond the therapy room.
    The podcast has been downloaded over 1.2 million times and is heard in over 140 countries.
    You can find also it by searching “Selling The Couch” on any podcast app (eg: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify etc) or simply saying "Alexa, listen to Selling The Couch" on your Amazon device. =
    Or simply click below for ease =).
    https://selling-the-couch.captivate.fm/listen (SUBSCRIBE HERE)

    LET'S BE FRIENDS:

    💌 https://my.captivate.fm/sellingthecouch.com/newsletter (Sign up to receive the free A To Z Online Course Guide + receive the weekly STC email newsletter) (trusted by over 7k colleagues)
    🌍 https://www.sellingthecouch.com (My website / blog)
    📸 https://www.instagram.com/melvinvarghesephd/ (Instagram) (I mainly post "behind the scenes" stuff about my life and business)


    WHO'S THIS GUY?

    Hi. I'm Melvin. I'm a psychologist (PhD), entrepreneur, and online creator living in Philadelphia, PA.
    In 2014, I began to think about how to use the therapy skills we learn in grad school, and in our clinical work into different realms (e.g., podcasting, consulting, online course creation, etc).
    This allows us to serve others on larger scales while diversifying our income beyond 1 to 1 work.
    I make podcasts and videos about business, tech, productivity, and lessons I'm learning from becoming the CEO of a lean, mean 5 person 100% remote team (we're not really mean..it just rhymed =P).


    As rewarding as

    • 46 min

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