Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in mental wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Shaila Anjum, Founder of Cognitive Resilience Counselling Clinic, located in Brampton, ON, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am the founder of a psychotherapy clinic. My clients are patients in need of mental health services.

Tell us about yourself

I have always been very observant growing up - specifically regarding human behaviour. I always wanted the answer to "why" things are the way they are, who makes these decisions, on what basis, what affects their decision making etc. As I got older, I only got more intrigued. From there, it was quite simple, really. The human mind is so intricate and complex. The complexities are like a super fun, mesmerizing muse to me. I like unraveling the knots and helping my clients gain clarity.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Simply starting a business and being dedicated to it is my biggest accomplishment. I struggled with ADHD, so finishing tasks has always been a challenge. My passion for the human mind drives me to not just complete this task but to keep growing it because it's not just a task anymore; it is my calling.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

The most difficult thing as a business owner is completing with other businesses. I have seen people write absolutely anything to get clientele, but then they don't deliver. It's hard for businesses like mine to proceed with honesty when others mask the pretty stuff. But I am proud to say we underpromise, but we always over-deliver!

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

I would suggest putting your heart and soul into it and striving. Never stop. We are all capable if we have the tools and the mental stamina to do it!

Where can people find you and your business?


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