291 episodes

With over 1 million downloads + listeners in over 130 countries, Selling the Couch is the #1 podcast for current and future mental health private practitioners who think differently.

Psychologist Melvin Varghese interviews successful therapists in private practice about how they've built their businesses in and 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 dollars" to diversify their income beyond the therapy room.

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.

Please check out https://sellingthecouch.com/start to get helpful resources to guide your practice and business journey.

Selling the Couch Melvin Varghese, PhD

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 295 Ratings

With over 1 million downloads + listeners in over 130 countries, Selling the Couch is the #1 podcast for current and future mental health private practitioners who think differently.

Psychologist Melvin Varghese interviews successful therapists in private practice about how they've built their businesses in and 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 dollars" to diversify their income beyond the therapy room.

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.

Please check out https://sellingthecouch.com/start to get helpful resources to guide your practice and business journey.

    274: From The First Female-Identified Electrician In Oregon To A Counselor + Trainer With Progressive Vision Loss

    274: From The First Female-Identified Electrician In Oregon To A Counselor + Trainer With Progressive Vision Loss

    Today’s show is a special one because we are joined by the first female-identified electrician in the state of Oregon. Breaking into an overwhelmingly male-dominated field, along with other obstacles, gave her the motivation to keep going when faced with roadblocks. Join us to hear more about this fantastic journey.

    Our Featured Guest
    Deb Marinos, MS, CRC, LPC

    Deb Marinos has a varied career path with many diversions along the way. As a rehabilitation counselor and current LPC intern, Deb helps clients through her work as a trainer, coach, and counselor. Progressive vision loss has provided her with yet another outlet for her teaching methods and practical experiences to help others achieve their goals and be successful. Her multifaceted journey has given her a wealth of knowledge to share with us.

    http://adaptabilityforlife.com/ (Adaptability For Life)

    You’ll Learn

    ● How Deb followed in her father’s footsteps into the electrician world, not realizing he would have to file a lawsuit to get her into the program for licensure
    ● The mind-boggling fact: Only 2% of electricians in the US are female!
    ● How the skills of troubleshooting and puzzle-building in the electrical field carried over into Deb’s many other life endeavors
    ● How a vision loss problem led to a significant career change for Deb late in life
    ● What it was like to have to give up driving as an independent business owner and busy mom of three teenagers
    ● How seeing a counselor helped lay the groundwork for Deb’s work as a counselor, after forays into work as a teacher, business owner, advocate, and EMT
    ● How advocacy work for youth internships led to Deb’s advocacy for blindness and vision issues and led her to get her Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling
    ● How Deb describes progressive vision loss and its effect on daily life and tasks
    ● What colleagues should consider when affirming and creating an environment for those with progressive vision loss:
    ○ Ask, “What do I need to know to give you information that is useful to you?”
    ○ Believe that people can be successful, even with progressive vision loss

    *Visit Deb’s website to learn more about her services, free giveaways, classes, and YouTube channel.

    273: Bringing BrainSpotting to BIPOC Communities: John Edwards, LCSW

    273: Bringing BrainSpotting to BIPOC Communities: John Edwards, LCSW

    It can be a scary thing to truly pursue your calling. Today’s guest has beaten the odds to create brainspotting training specifically for the BIPOC community. He’s finding increased success and receiving positive feedback, so if you’re curious about what it takes to set up a training program, join us to learn more!
    Our Featured Guest: John Edwards, LCSWJohn Edwards is a therapist in Oakland, CA. In 2019, he went through brainspotting training and experienced a pivotal shift as he saw the need to bring this training to the BIPOC community. We’ll hear about John’s journey in creating a training program from the ground up, how he became interested in brainspotting and became aware of the need within the BIPOC community. John shares his tips and lessons with us in today’s episode.
    http://www.westcoastpsychotherapy.com/ (West Coast Psychotherapy)
    You’ll Learn
    ● The realization that came to John in a pre-pandemic brainspotting training in March 2019--when he was the only black man out of 120 people
    ● The experience that led John to develop trainings exclusively for BIPOC communities
    ● What John wishes he had done differently with the very first training (December 2019)
    ● Why patience and focus are the two elements necessary for success in building a training program
    ● How the BIPOC community responded to John’s training as both facilitators and participants
    ● Why John feels a certain hypervigilance when he attends non-BIPOC trainings
    ● John’s observations about the differences in a BIPOC training for the participants
    ● John’s tips for creating a training program:
    ○ Be clear about why you’re doing the training
    ○ Be willing to fall down---and then refocus

    Today's Podcast Sponsor: Online Course School

    Online Course School: I know that many of us want to launch a successful online course whether it's to diversify our income or share our knowledge and serve others on larger levels.
    But I also know that the thought of launching an online course can be super intimidating whether it's the tech, the fear that no one will buy, or figuring out how to market and scale it in an honest and ethical way.
    I launched the Healthcasters online course back in 2015 and have learned A TON of lessons from the very first $297 sale to a course that will pass $200k in earnings this year (and currently brings in over $3k/month in recurring income).
    Online Course School is a live, 6 week experience we're launching in 2022 where we'll spend each week learning to help you launch and grow a successful online course.
    It's a great chance to work with me and to join with other helpers/healers who are also launching online courses.
    Seats are going to be extremely limited (just so that I can give you personalized attention), and the cost will be around $997.
    Please feel free to download the FREE A to Z Online Course Guide if this is something you would LOVE support with, and I'll email you when we're live.
    https://sellingthecouch.com/onlinecourseguide (DOWNLOAD THE A TO Z ONLINE COURSE GUIDE)


    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

    ENCORE: Thinking Outside the Box to Grow Your Practice!

    ENCORE: Thinking Outside the Box to Grow Your Practice!

    My guest today is Jason Weiland, who operates his therapy practice in Florida. He is dedicated to helping clients through wilderness retreats and workshops. Jason shares how he has combined his practice and his love of nature in thinking outside the box. His first large-scale wilderness workshop is coming up in June against the beautiful backdrop of the Colorado Rockies.
    Join us to hear more about this unique offshoot of Jason’s therapy practice!
    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 Philadelp

    ENCORE: Designing and Creating an App for Your Business

    ENCORE: Designing and Creating an App for Your Business

    My guest today is Benjamin Reisterer, LPC, in Grand Rapids, MI. He has successfully accomplished something that is a frequent topic of discussion in the STC Facebook community: he designed and created an app. It’s called MetaFi, and it’s a more efficient way for clients to track emotions on a daily basis. He had to think outside the box and take action to see this idea become a reality. We’ll discuss the process he went through and the lessons he’s learned.
    Join us for more!
    http://www.sellingthecouch.com/session112 (www.sellingthecouch.com/session112)
    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)

    ENCORE: The Process of Creating and Marketing Your Product Using the Feelings Wheel

    ENCORE: The Process of Creating and Marketing Your Product Using the Feelings Wheel

    How are you at thinking outside the box? As private practitioners, that kind of creative thinking is vital, but we know that any journey has its bumps in the road. This episode is perfect for everyone who has thought about creating, marketing and selling a product. What is the process like? How do you take care of all the little details? What about the marketing piece of your product? We’re diving deep into these questions and more on today’s show.
    My guest is Rosanne Marmor, LCSW, in Portland, Oregon. She created a Feelings Wheel as a way for clients to identify their feelings both inside and outside the therapy room. Rosanne went on a journey that took almost two years of gathering data, development, and production. She was finally able to put this tool in the hands of her clients and has been overwhelmed by its success.
    http://www.sellingthecouch.com/session152 (www.sellingthecouch.com/session152)
    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/se

    ENCORE: Dealing With Depression And Anxiety In Private Practice

    ENCORE: Dealing With Depression And Anxiety In Private Practice

    Welcome to the final episode of 2019! I try to be intentional about the mindful breaks I take to keep myself refreshed and focus on producing quality content for STC. The plan is for the show to return in January with helpful and informative content for you. Today’s episode is a very personal topic of dealing with depression and anxiety, which has been a lifelong struggle for me. I knew that becoming more public with my practice and the podcast would force me to balance the daily pressures of life with my mental health. The past year has been particularly tricky with the premature birth of our daughter, which has brought scheduled feeding times and much sleep deprivation. Let’s talk about this topic and the ways I’ve found to combat depression and anxiety in my life. I hope my tips are helpful to you!
    You can read the full show notes at: http://www.sellingthecouch.com/session211 (Session212)
    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/sellin

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
295 Ratings

295 Ratings

Bryan Nixon ,

A Wonderfully Helpful Podcast for Entrepreneurs

I was recently the featured guest (Ep. 271) on the Selling the Couch podcast with Melvin Varghese! We had a lovely conversation and it was a true honor for me!

On the surface we discussed marketing videos for counseling practices, but in reality we discussed deeply human themes of suffering, authenticity, vulnerability, and depth psychology.

Melvin is a truly delightful human and an excellent podcast host! Be sure to check out the Selling the Couch podcast and follow the Selling the Couch Facebook group, particularly if you are a therapist (or any small business owner really). There is so much excellent and useful content both on the podcast and in the Selling the Couch Facebook Group!

ConnorMcClenahan ,

Voice like butter

Melvin seems to be a wizard at conjuring a specific kind of conversational space that invites the humanity of the guest and the casual listener. Listening to Melvin talk feels like I’m having a 5th cup of camomile tea at a bed and breakfast in rural Appalachia. Thanks Melvin for providing a space for us to feel generous with each other and connect as private practice therapists.

Michael-HomeEnergyCoach ,

Great for Clinicians

Melvin's calm presence, excellent interviewing skills, and amazing guests make his show an invaluable resource for clinicians in private practice.

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