Dr. Cheri McDonald is the founder of A Place to Turn, a wellness and health trauma center in Westlake Village, CA that supports clients of all ages, groups and life situations. She is also the founder of “Break Free with Dr Cheri,” which takes the client beyond the therapy room and integrates them back into their community as their Highest and Best Self to triumph in their life as they lead the way in their world to keep the momentum moving forward. Her program “To Love and Beyond,” taps into her gifts interweaving her psychotherapy training and her intuitive coaching skills to guide couples through the shadows of trauma by releasing its destructive grip through imagery, symbols and rituals and carrying them outside the therapy room to love and beyond.
Meet Dr. Cheri McDonald!
What inspired you to launch a more web-based business? My desire to reach a larger audience to serve and build community support for clients.
What do you love most about having your own business? The sky’s the limit with offering creative and innovative services in meeting the client where they are at and walking with them through the obstacles to open the way for their success in healing and wholeness.
What is most challenging about running a business? Work/life balance and blueprint in making it work.
What are some of your proudest accomplishments? Wife and motherhood–my prototype of how to build a successful business.
What are some professional risks you’ve taken that led to positive outcomes? Following my intuition into the unknown is still the riskiest step for me to take.
Where’s your favorite place to get work done? Anywhere the client is–starting where they are at.
What words of advice can you give to women in these uncertain times?
There may not be any greater way to discover the calm amidst the storm than becoming best friends with your intuition. We are our own best teachers and as we stop and listen, the quiet whisperings from within will direct us more accurately, succinctly and courageously than any outside source.
Name three web tools you can’t live without.
- Social media
Do you have any professional role models? If so, who?
- Cheryl Canfield, Professional Instructor and Author
- Laurie Angela, Publisher and Book Coach
What is the one book you would recommend other female entrepreneurs read? An old classic, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.
Do you have favorite podcasts? I can’t say I have a favorite; I like to learn from a variety of sources.
What does your typical day look like? Wake up early with a ritual of mindfulness encompassing prayer, meditation, journal writing, and scripture reading then a yoga practice or run.
How do you unplug from work? I exercise and spend time with my family.
What tips for maintaining work/life balance would you give to other businesswomen? Work hard, play hard and save your highest and best energy for the home.
What’s something you do every day to take care of yourself? Pray.
What is a quote you live by? “Do what you love and let the money follow”
What investments have most helped your business grow? Mentors, business creators, and teamwork.
Business-wise, where do you see yourself in 10 years? Mentoring.
What advice would you give your younger self? Believe in yourself and celebrate your uniqueness.
What is the number one piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to run a web-based business? Look for the fun in learning the language and mechanics of artificial intelligence and don’t take the process so seriously.