71. Unlock Growth and Travel Freedom: How Bariatric Evaluations Can Transform Your Therapy Business with Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes

71. Unlock Growth and Travel Freedom: How Bariatric Evaluations Can Transform Your Therapy Business with Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes

Meet Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and compassionate therapist in private practice. With a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Social Work from Florida State University, Ashlyn has worked in a variety of settings before heading into private practice including management and supervision of new therapists where Ashlyn learned her love of teaching, supporting, and mentorship. 

Ashlyn's specialization includes supporting individuals and couples before and after bariatric surgery. As a trained professional in pre-surgical mental health clearance, she offers comprehensive counseling tailored to the unique emotional and psychological aspects of the bariatric journey. Driven by a passion to teach and support other therapists and a commitment to filling a gap in training, Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes, LCSW, took the initiative to create her own specialized program to train mental health providers to conduct pre-surgical mental health clearances. 

With almost a decade of practical experience, she recognized the need for comprehensive training in a specific area and decided to forge her own path. This self-created program equips practitioners with the necessary tools and expertise to excel in their work, ensuring the highest quality of care for those they serve.Driven by the need for a better work-life balance after experiencing the burnout of the pandemic, Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes, LCSW, underwent a transformative journey. 

Recognizing the importance of self-care and rejuvenation, she discovered a newfound love for traveling. Determined to create a more fulfilling lifestyle, Ashlyn made strategic changes to her business model, specifically focusing on pre-surgical evaluations. This shift allowed her to allocate more time for exploring the world while maintaining a thriving practice.Embracing this shift, Ashlyn found a harmonious balance between work and personal life. By prioritizing self-care and integrating her passion for travel, she not only recharged herself but also enhanced the level of care and support she provides to her clients. 

Join Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes, LCSW, as she shares her insights and expertise gained through her self-created training, empowering professionals to deliver exceptional care and make a lasting impact in their practice

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  • Additional Revenues Streams: Offering bariatric evaluations as a one-off assessment can provide therapists with an additional revenue stream
  • Streamlined Process: Bariatric evaluations typically follow a structured and streamlined process, making it easier to integrate them into your practice.
  • Attracting New Clients: Offering bariatric evaluations can attract a distinct group of clients who are seeking a focused assessment rather than ongoing therapy. 

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