Name: Caroline Adams
City: Charleston, SC
Side Hustle: Mental Health Counselor
How did you get started?: It all started when my colleague, Morgan (fellow Side Hustler found here), and I started bouncing ideas around and realized that we shared the same philosophy on TRUE wellness and an approach to therapy that considers all aspects of our lives. With a shared vision, Welcoming Wellness Counseling was born. Currently we are seeing clients in private practice on the evenings and weekends. It has been so exciting to not only pursue licensure to work as a clinical counselor in private practice, but to start a business! We started the process last summer and will be seeing clients full time in the fall.
When/where do you work?: For 3 years I worked as the School Counseling Director at a title 1 middle school in Berkeley County. I have spent the last year at a middle school in Hanahan as a school counselor. My experience working with pre teens and teens in an educational setting has been SO valuable. I am enjoying branching out and working with adults, but teenagers will always be my passion! There is so much creativity and vulnerability to that age group that is so refreshing; it teaches me something new everyday.
What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: It is difficult to balance a full time job with starting a practice. My husband and I are expecting our first child in just a few weeks, so that has certainly been a challenge: adjusting to pregnancy, working full time, seeing clients on the evenings and weekends, and building a practice.
What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: Working as a clinical counselor and owning my own practice have been goals of mine since graduate school. Although the timing isn’t perfect (when is it ever?) with a new addition to our family, this is one of the most exciting times of my life! Seeing our vision for the practice be put into fruition has been so rewarding; I really believe in what we do and how we can help others create change in their lives.
Who is your greatest supporter?: My husband has believed in me and this adventure since day one, when even I wasn’t sure if I had it in me to juggle everything at once. He is a large part of the reason I had the confidence to take the first step.
Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?:
Seeing change and growth in clients is one of the most inspiring parts of what I do. There is so much power in genuinely being heard and cared for. I think that PEOPLE, the good and bad parts of them, inspire me everyday.
What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: My dream is for the practice to continue to grow and be successful. We would like to eventually have offerings in all aspects of self-care and wellness: heath and nutrition, yoga and mindfulness, parenting classes, support groups, etc. My wish is for clients to truly discover their true potential and better health through peace of mind.
Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?: Stay true to your vision!
Photography by: Molly Ramsey (fellow Side Hustler!)