Every year, clinical director/bestselling author/radio host, Sandra Reich likes to re-introduce her “dream team” to the community. Sandra had the incredible insight to bring together a wonderful team of specialists to help treat anxiety, depression, fears, phobias, panic attacks, addictions, relationship problems, and many more issues. Sandra’s original vision was to open a center with experienced, professional, genuine, and caring professionals and that’s exactly what she found! All team members featured in the lecture series, are true professionals with tremendous heart and work ethic. Seeing them in action is a must! This two part FREE lecture series is being held at the Montreal Center for Anxiety and Depression (www.helpforanxietydepression.com) in the Brunswick Medical Center (955 St. Jean blvd, Pointe Claire, Quebec, H9R 5K3) on Wednesday, October 26th and Wednesday November 2nd at 7pm.
Sassy has featured, the phenomenal, Sandra Reich before (http://sassypsychologist.com/guide-cinderella-victimization-empowerement/) but we had to seize the opportunity to interview her before she hosts this very special lecture series.
Here’s our Q&A with Sandra.
Q: What motivated you to start the Montreal Center for Anxiety and Depression (MCAD)?
I was shocked to see how very treatable anxiety (and most challenges) were when combining different modalities of therapy and being very straight with people. The combination of science and believing in clients sends success rates through the roof. I could not keep up with the demand so I opened a clinic and started searching for the best clinicians out there to create my dream team.
Q: What were your biggest challenges in starting this company?
I have enjoyed starting this company a lot but finding the best of the best in my specialists was challenging. Many people who go into psychology have not worked out their own stuff. The best clinicians have gone through their own difficulties and worked through them. Only then do they “walk the walk” and not only “talk the talk.”
Q: If you knew then, what you know now, what would you have changed?
Running a company takes grit, hard word and balance. I give my full heart to the things I do but I think in the beginning I probably should have been a little more cautious with people and not worn my heart on my sleeve too much in business.
Q: How does the MCAD differ from other mental health clinics?
The MCAD is a place where a) you are always treated with great respect and care- client care is the highest value we hold b) our team is made of top specialists in the field – there is a great difference between a generalist who are wonderful but not specialized and specialists. I truly believe I have the best therapists in the city.
Q: You mention that the clinic has a very high success rate. How did you come to know this?
We evaluate the presenting problem of a client when they come in and we then ask them upon termination if their problem was resolved successfully. Of course we cannot fix everything in a person’s life (though we wish we could) but in most cases the client will report that their presenting problem has been resolved. We are very proud of this.
Q: What advice would you give to young people wishing to be a mental health practitioner?
Walk the walk and don’t just talk the talk. Look at your own “stuff,” and be real with your clients. Know that helping others is a very hard job so make sure you take care of yourself if you really want to help people. Otherwise, you will lose yourself and not be of any help to others.
Q: What advice would you give to young entrepreneurs?
Stay true to your vision and trust yourself. Know it is hard work to build a business but if you stay true to your values, show integrity to your customers and staff, things will work out. Don’t get caught in the rat race- like Lily Tomlin said you just become a rat.