Some small businesses face a challenge when, despite a good idea and a passion for hard work, the owner forgoes the financial basics because they’re a foreign concept or too daunting. The Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University (SBDC) can help you get started down the path to making those dollars and cents make sense.
Art therapist Karli Johnson realized there was a critical lack of art therapy options in the community and decided she could take advantage of ten years of experience in the field and business acumen learned from her father to start her own business, Creative Healing Art Therapy, LLC.
“I used to label myself as a ‘right brain’ person who couldn’t do numbers. I had the ideas and the passion, but thought I lacked the ‘left brain’ math skills needed to manage a business,” says Karli. “SBDC helped me get over that hump. They simplified the steps and provided a Business 101 overview I didn’t get in my high school/college education. Now, I actually enjoy crunching the numbers and consider myself capable in ways I hadn’t imagined.”
Karli states that the healing arts have a growing presence in Bloomington/Normal and she’s proud to be a part of it. “Many of the challenges people face can be rooted in traumatic experiences or stressful life events that were beyond their control. The arts can help us feel empowered to overcome these obstacles. At Creative Healing Art Therapy, LLC, we specialize in treating trauma related disorders via methods rooted in both neuroscience and the arts.”
The practice is already expanding with the addition of MacKenzie Thompson, a Licensed Professional Counselor. They’re introducing a form of trauma treatment called Instinctual Trauma Response (ITR) that has been used elsewhere for more than 30 years. To find out more about Creative Healing Art Therapy, LLC, contact Karli through email at Karli@creativehealingarttherapy.com .
And if you need some guidance in the “business” area of your business, give us a call at SBDC and set-up an appointment.