We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Casabe and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Megan, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I never really thought that I would be a business owner. Throughout 2019, I had started to feel like I wanted to do “more” in the mental health arena. I had been working in healthcare and felt like I had more than I wanted to share. I didn’t know what my next steps would be but felt compelled to figure it out. A co-worker had shared with me a book by Hal Elrod called Miracle Morning. It is a series of steps to fuel your mental, emotional and physical health and focus on your goals. For me, I didn’t know what my goals necessarily were. Through meditation and visualization, I found myself spending more and more of my Miracle Morning visualizing life in private practice and sharing my skills and ability to help people work through their personal struggles in a way that is my own. I found myself wishing that my Miracle Morning wouldn’t end because I loved how I saw myself, my business, and my life going. It led me to figure out a name for my practice and really figure out what I wanted my niche to be. I determined that I would call my private practice, “Buena Vida Wellness,” because everyone deserves a good life. I meet clients for 45-minute therapy sessions at the beach, a park, or at their homes. We sit and talk or walk and talk while we work through the challenges they experience in their lives. I specialize in working with people experiencing anxiety, grief, health-related diagnosis, and medical trauma. I enjoy working with medical professionals who experience vicarious trauma due to their careers. Most of my clients enjoy that they are receiving mental health treatment from a licensed therapist without the constraints of a therapy office. Providing therapy in dynamic environments keeps me engaged as a therapist and motivates me as a business owner to continue to grow my practice.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a huge fan of therapy. At least, now I am. When you are going through the experience of therapy and shedding the constraints that felt like they had the strongest hold on you for so long, therapy isnt a good feeling. It is like that itchy, hot, wool sweater that you can not wait to take off. I think one of the biggest thing that sets me apart is my ability to create an accessible environment where classical training meets real life mess. I am able to identify with my clients, their situations and help them form the words to hold space to work through the real life mess. I wear many hats in my career and there are times when I am having conversations with people that are not my clients. My hope is that I can offer a bit of peace, a bit of strength and resilience and mostly a bit of humanity to every encounter I have.

To be completly honest, sometimes I feel like I suffer from imposter syndrome. How can I talk to people about the mess, the hard stuff, the yuck? What makes me qualified to do this? Why should they listen to me? The truth is, people have a choice to listen or not. It isnt up to me if they choose to listen. My job, my goal, is to offer that space, that kindness and that humanity that I mentioned before. They have a choice to accept it or not. I am not a perfect therapist, I am a human being and that is how I try to overcome every challenge that I face. One step, one breath, one smile at a time…. okay, and usually some crying too.

I started Buena Vida Wellness, Inc because I believe that everyone deserves to live a good life, a life where there is happiness, sadness, passion, love, hardship, strength and resilience. I want anyone who thinks that therapy is right for them in this season of their life, has access to those mental health services.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Anyone who comes to stay at my house knows that Sunday mornings are reserved for sunrise at the beach. It anchors, and energizes me. I would say that some of the most fun and interesting aspects of this city/county is the diversity. Go east, you are at the beach, go west, you can ride horses and experience the Florida Everglades. The people are diverse, the food is diverse and my most favorite thing to do in the area is listen to live music.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To be completely honest, I loved the answer that I gave in my first article with Voyage MIA. It makes me so proud reading that article and the section on who I would give a shout-out. It is so reassuring and motivating to see that the words that I wrote a year ago, are still so true. I gave a shout-out to all the people in my life who create impact. Throughout 2020, I’ve had the opportunity to meet new people that my path would have never crossed without the challenges of the past year. I’ve grown as a person through my resilience and witnessing the resilience of others in the face of major challeneges.

Website: www.buenavidafl.com

Instagram: Buenavidafl

Linkedin: Megan Casabe

Facebook: Buena Vida Wellness, Inc

Image Credits
David Scarola Photography

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