We had the good fortune of connecting with Shannon Mosher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shannon, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Our organization exists to empower people to become the best versions of themselves through our counseling services. Our vision is to celebrate significant, resilient, and fulfilled lives by providing a safe space that inspires a sense of connection, inner acceptance, and positive change. Our caring and compassionate therapists are passionate about helping our clients to make meaningful and rich changes in their lives. In addition to serving clients and their families, we also partner with nonprofits and other organizations to offer resources for our community to help make a positive impact around the mental health space. So many families have been negatively impacted in various ways, especially in the past few years. We highly regard our clients and help them to find ways to process their hardships and find healing. We help our clients regain their power and access resilience that naturally improves their world and society as a whole.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Inner Acceptance Therapy is a behavioral health outpatient private practice that offers counseling and therapy services to individuals, families, and couples. We hand-select our therapists and they undergo significant training in order to provide the best clinical service for our clients. What sets us apart from others is our therapists themselves, and our “peer review” meetings that we hold on a weekly basis. This is where all brains come together and work on building or revising treatment plans for our clients if necessary. This means that our clients have a collective team working behind the scenes to ensure their treatment is clinically effective and yields positive results in their life.
I started Inner Acceptance Therapy with the dream of helping clinicians to learn how to run their own business and become their own private practice owner one day. I realized that therapists have been taught how to be great therapists, but were never taught how to run a successful business or clinic for themselves. We offer business training for our therapists as well so they can also become leaders within their centers and community. I’ve found that by empowering our clinicians with autonomy and leadership opportunities they are more creative and compassionate with their clients and team, shattering the walls of resistance and promoting unity.
I never imagined our company to grow as quickly as it has. I’ve learned that being honest, transparent, and authentic with your team results in them reciprocating the same qualities and bring their best selves to work daily. I’ve learned to listen to my team and offer them tasks and projects where their skills and passion can shine. I’ve learned that being open to suggestions and feedback and actually incorporating and testing out ideas with them has made a huge impact on them feeling as adding value and strengthening their sense of pride and purpose in the organization.
At the end of the day, it boils down to taking care of yourself and taking care of your people. How do you do that? Be your true self. Be willing to listen. Support their decisions. Be transparent and honest. Be interested in their passions personally and professionally. And if they feel they can count on you, you can count on them.
What do we want the world to know about our brand and story? Inner Acceptance was a self-help book that I had written during the pandemic to help people discover simple solutions that would help them to stop fighting with life and find inner acceptance from within so their life can transform externally as well. After much deliberation with my team, we chose Inner Acceptance Therapy as our company name because it harnesses everything that we want to help our clients accomplish in therapy. We decided that our logo needed to encompass a message of safety and inner synchrony to highlight balance and peace in life; therefore we have the dove in flight with the wings intertwined in the middle showing connection. We want people to spread their wings and fly in life, so our logo helps deliver that message.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many fun things to do in Houston. If friends were in town, I’d totally take them for a stroll in the Galleria, watch the Houston Symphony play in the evening at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, dance around at Discovery Green, and watch a dueling piano show.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are several people who have encouraged me along the way, and I personally believe God put them in my life to challenge and motivate me through this journey. In no particular order, I would like to thank Dr. Marty Lerman who was my supervisor and mentor while I was an intern. He was my biggest inspiration and I think of him daily. My husband Steven has been an incredible support and has stood by me even during times I felt doubtful. My Executive Assistant, Valerie, has been a huge sounding board for me and helps reduce my anxieties with major business decisions. Her sense of humor keeps me grounded and lightens the mood. My daughter, Chloe, for her love and understanding why mommy works late sometimes. My team for being the rock stars that they are!