We had the good fortune of connecting with Tammer Malaty and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tammer, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I worked in the non-profit world for almost ten years and I thoroughly enjoyed my time. I knew however that moving forward in my career I eventually wanted to be able to have a flexibility and growth that my job unfortunately was unable to provide. I knew it would be stressful and there was a possibility that it would not work, but I had to find out for myself. I had always dreamed of being my own boss and I knew going into graduate school that going into private practice was the ultimate goal for me, I just didn’t know when. At some point I had to actually not think, because the fear would get pretty strong and deter me from making progress. Eventually I just had to put my head down, do the work, and basically just jump into it.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor running a group private practice focusing on teens, young adults and families. I think what sets our team apart is that we offer an environment here that is conducive to longevity in this field. Mental Health Professionals historically have one of the highest burn out rates of all professional fields. We offer a flexibility and an authenticity that allows our team to live their best life. I try not to overload the therapists that work here. We also have a team that includes people with various different specialities whether that be substance use, eating disorders, LGBTQ+ issues, autism, men’s issues, family therapy. But I think more than anything, we focus on the teen, family, young adult and young professional. We feel that is who we are best able to support and offer the highest quality care. I learned that by focusing on where I serve people best that I will be a more attractive place. Initially I wanted to be a generalist with what I did and I found that people really didn’t like that.
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?
Of course I would start with places to visit. I am a big fan of our musuem district. Hermann Park, the zoo, Musuem of Natural Science would be a must on my list, assuming the weather is conducive, which is not a given in this city. Being that I have two children we would probably do some other things that involve children. There are several great parks that we would go to. I am a big fan of being outside, so any activity outside would be an option. As far as night life is concerned that is where I think Houston has the most to offer. If we had three restaurants that we could go to in that week I would probably choose Eunice in Greenway Plaza Area, Bludorn in the Montrose area, and probably a BBQ spot, which we have several to choose from. But I think aside from all that, what makes Houston a great city in my view is the people. We have such a diverse class population in this city and I truly feel this is a great city to meet the kind of people you are looking for.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost my wife is the ultimate support for me. She encouraged me, believed in my ability and pushed me to take the leap, especially when I would be in my weakest moment. My parents have always supported my in every decision or risk that I have ventured into. Matt Coffman was my business coach for the first year or so and really taught me what it meant to be a leader and business owner. Through his guidance and leadership he helped me cultivate a plan of action that was not only feasible, but manageable. And of course my friends. I have been blessed with a group of friends who are not only successful, but risk takers in their own right. They gave me the confidence that I needed to push through, especially in that first phase of starting a business.