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Check Out Dr. Kim Van Dusen’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Kim Van Dusen.

Hi Dr. Kim, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
For as long as I can remember, I knew I always wanted to have my own business. For years I searched for my purpose and what I wanted to focus on, and as soon as I received my Doctorate in Psychology and became a parent, The Parentologist was born. I didn’t know much when I began, but I have poured my heart and soul into my brand, and now, five years later, I have learned a lot and have a profitable business that is known all over the world. I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go with so many more dreams to work on coming true, but slow and steady wins the race. It takes a lot of time, dedication, perseverance, and passion for accomplishing the goals I have set for myself, and I can’t wait to see where it goes!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I have had steady growth along the way and haven’t been always been able to focus on my business due to life’s challenges and my other jobs, but I have always stuck to it. I don’t know if anything in life is a smooth road. There will always be challenges and obstacles, but I have never given up, and that drive keeps me going, and a positive outlook and perspective are what have made me successful.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am first and foremost a mom of two children. I also have my Doctorate in Psychology and am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Registered Play Therapist, a University Professor teaching Play Therapy and Parent-Child Therapy, and CEO/Owner/Founder of The Parentologist with Dr. Kim, a family and lifestyle brand about everything parenting with a therapeutic twist.

In addition to owning a private practice, I also work part-time working with families with children on the Autism Spectrum and host “The Parentologist Podcast”. I specialize in working with children and love what I do. On my blog and podcast, I focus on a variety of topics related to parenting, families, motherhood, children, and mental health. I love sharing my personal and professional tips and expertise with others and seeing positive, long-lasting changes happen in families. I believe what makes my work different than others is my eclectic experience. I am also excited to be working on my first book!

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success is not giving up. I strongly believe in having a growth mindset and success is a personal goal, not a fabricated one pressured from society standards. Success comes from within and trying your personal best and is different for everyone. The important thing to remember is even if you fail, it doesn’t make you a failure. Trying is half the battle and to find contentment in your efforts, whatever they may be, and know in your soul that you did your best and not worry how much money that makes you or how many followers you have on social media. If you can look at yourself in the mirror at the end of the day and know that you tried your best that day, you are successful.

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