7 Therapy Business Success Stories [2023]

Updated: January 18th, 2023
Start A Therapy Business

Therapists are professionals licensed to help patients cope with mental and emotional challenges. A therapist listens to the client's challenges and works with the client in developing a plan to confront the challenges and achieve an improved life.

If you plan to become a therapist, you should consider what type of therapy you wish to provide. Then, earn the necessary certifications and licenses to practice.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a therapy business:

1. EMDR Consulting ($1.8M/year)

Roy Kiessling (from Portland, OR, USA) started EMDR Consulting over 10 years ago.

$150K / month
1 founders / 8 employees

Case Study

Greetings, my name is Roy Kiessling, founder of EMDR Consulting, an international training organization specializing in teaching the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) psychotherapy to master's level and above mental health professionals.

What started as a one-person training organization in 2013, has now grown to administrative staff of 5. a training team of over 20 trainers and 150 coaches. EMDR Consulting is now one of the largest EMDR training organizations in the United States, annually conducting over 150 EMDR basic training courses a year, teaching over 1500 mental health professionals how to integrate EMDR into their clinical practice.


2. Space To Be You ($144K/year)

Bryan Hunter (from London, UK) started Space To Be You about 3 years ago.

$12K / month
2 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

Space To Be You is mental health and holistic therapy center offering a range of wellbeing services in London, England.

Below we discuss the process of securing funding, business planning, starting up, and discuss what it was like to launch a face-to-face therapy business during a global pandemic…


Learn more about starting a therapy business:

Where to start?

-> How much does it cost to start a therapy business?
-> Pros and cons of a therapy business

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established therapy business
-> Marketing ideas for a therapy business
-> Therapy business names
-> Therapy business Instagram bios

Other resources

-> Therapy business tips
-> Blog post ideas for a therapy business
-> Therapy business calculator

4. Pathways ($120K/year)

Sandip developed Pathways, a pain-therapy app. By meeting with a therapist, he realized the potential of pain therapy and turned it into a $5k/mo business.

$10K / month

Case Study

Sandip developed Pathways, a pain-therapy app. By meeting with a therapist, he realized the potential of pain therapy and turned it into a $5k/mo business.

5. Snuggle with Sam ($106K/year)

Samantha Varnerin (from Boston, Massachusetts, USA) started Snuggle with Sam about 7 years ago.

$8.8K / month
1 founders / 0 employees
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Case Study

Hi there! My name is Sam Varnerin and I created Snuggle with Sam, my independent professional cuddling practice, while I was still working full-time as a construction engineer.

Here’s all of the contributors on the panel at CuddleXpo in Chicago presenting how we came up with the Code of Ethics for Professional Cuddling. Back left to right: Maryelen Reid, Madelon Guinazzo, Samantha Varnerin (me!), Samantha Hess, Jean Franzbleau, Fei Wyatt, Janet Trevino. Front left to right: Keely Shoup, Lisa Meece. Photo credit Rellian Chen Merrin


6. Live Fit ($720K/year)

Chris Anderson (from Overland Park, Kansas, USA) started Live Fit over 12 years ago.

$60K / month
1 founders / 1 employees
Overland Park, Kansas, USA

Case Study

Hey everyone! I am Chris and in March 2011 I started Live Fit. Live Fit is a personal training company that was created to change the standards in the personal training industry. Early on I focused on building a company that is not only based on results, as most fitness companies are, but that is also focused very heavily on relationships. Relationships create trust, trust creates buy-in, and buy-in leads to the accountability and dedication it takes to get results.


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