We had the good fortune of connecting with Veronica Ramirez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Veronica, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Over the years, I dabbled into various businesses. I wanted the experience of being the CEO of those businesses and my life. I gained a lot of knowledge and most of those businesses were with direct sales companies. I learned about managing the finances, marketing, connecting with people, and being part of something (the company)
What should our readers know about your business?
My practice is Soul Therapy Christian Services. I am one of a very few number of Christian/Pastoral Therapists here in Arizona. I am absolutely passionate about counseling and therapy and helping people with their mental health. However, there are several people who want faith-based services. I have practiced my faith for over 13 years now and I realize that people who are Christian or practice a form of religion are seeking services that align with their beliefs. These believers often seek help from their local church and sometimes the local church is just not equipped to handle the issues that these people want help with. So, I wanted to be able to bridge my education with my faith and really help people finding healing holistically – mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I have worked hard to get to where I am today. The hard part is getting my peers to understand my qualifications. I am a licensed minister and not licensed by the state of Arizona. I do not implement psychotherapy with my clients. However, my clients work on things through prayer, through scripture, and by understanding their relationship with God. I have learned to be honest with people and definitely transparent with my peers and with my clients about what I do. I want the world to know that I am qualified to do this work even though it looks a little different. People are coming to me specifically requesting faith-based counseling and so the need is there.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First, let’s hope my friend came during the cooler season of Arizona. If so, that makes the activities almost limitless. I love going to Kierland Commons. There are a lot of shops and stores to go to. There’s a lot of restaurants in that area too. I love this area of Scottsdale. I would also love to take her to some of the fine steakhouses to dine. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is always a great place to eat and it’s right across from McCormick Park. I would also take my friend to Sedona or up north to Flagstaff. There are a lot of great sites in both places and the weather is amazing in Northern Arizona. Gilbert is fun too. There are a lot of places to eat and shop. I am always up for trying something new.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people who deserve credit and recognition. First, my husband. He has been incredibly supportive, patient, understanding, loving, and encouraging all throughout the process of getting to where I am today. My family has also been supportive and encouraging. My best friends are deserving of acknowledgement too for certainly keeping me motivated to not give up on my dreams. I also have had Chante Pantila as a mentor over the last year. She has been very instrumental in helping me get everything started up and has been such an inspiration to me.
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