Introduce yourself and profession to our readers: I am Giovanna Burgess Geathers, and I am a happily married wife and mother of two children. Professionally, I am a licensed clinical psychotherapist and the owner of Touchstone Counseling & Coaching in Greenville, SC.
We provide mental, emotional, and behavioral health services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Touchstone is a home to The Breathe Shoppe which is a line of self care products such as soaps, body butters, inspirational tee shirts, candles, and journals. In addition to that, I am a life coach who offers group and individual coaching sessions, online classes, and workshops.
In 2016, I founded The Breathe Group on Facebook and I founded and facilitate The Breathe Women's Retreat. This is a day long wellness event that takes place in a secluded mountain location. I am a professional presenter who conducts corporate and organizational trainings, retreats and seminars.
I am an inspirational speaker who delivers keynote addresses and guest speaking at conferences, retreats, and expos. In March 2017, I became a published author when I released my first self help book on relationships, "Why Am I Still Single". I am the host of my own broadcast, Heart & Soul. Which airs on Facebook Live Tuesday evenings,Heart & Soul does live broadcasts on location and includes pre-recorded shows.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest? Honestly, I feel as if I was born to do everything I am doing right now, this is my destiny.
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit? I would advise others to know yourself and define your unique audience, niche and brand because you cannot be everything to everybody. This also eliminates the need to compete and compare yourself to others because no one can ever beat you at being you!
Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it: I would say leaving my professional position where I had served for nine years. Having to take the leap of faith to start my own company with no prospects, leads or guarantees while I was expecting a new baby. Nevertheless, I trusted God and myself and made that leap and I have never looked back!
What is next for your brand/business in 2017? My online classes and workshops will begin in January 2018 so that is my new focus. I am also working to get my show on a network and secure corporate sponsorship. I intend to book a lot of speaking engagements and I am looking forward to doing some national radio interviews and possible television appearances to build greater exposure for my book, products and the services I offer. I also want to do an empowerment conference and/or tour and host my retreat in other locations around the country.
How can readers connect with you online and through social media? I am on Facebook at Giovanna Geathers and I have professional Facebook pages for Touchstone Counseling & Coaching, The Breathe Shoppe, and Giovanna Burgess Geathers, The Speaker. I am also on Twitter, Instagram and Linked In @SimplyGiovannaG and I have a website www.giovannageathers.com and www.touchstone-counseling.org.