The #1 Reason Holistic Practitioners and Coaches Struggle

Guest Blog by Michelle Bersell


Let me start with some amazing news. If you are a holistic practitioner, studies demonstrate that your income can easily reach the 150K mark per year!   Not bad for doing something you love right? If your income is at that level or beyond, I applaud you because you are experiencing the potential this work has to offer.


At the same time, there are also many holistic practitioners and coaches who are struggling to make ends meet. So, if you find yourself in this category, please know you are not alone! When a holistic practitioner is struggling, what this means on a deeper level is that you aren’t reaching the number of people you are capable of serving. Besides the financial struggle, this tends to pull on your heart strings because you strongly feel this is the work you are meant to be doing in the world. This leaves you committed to your cause, yet struggling to see a path that will allow your business to thrive.


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Trust me when I say, I know how painful this struggle is. After receiving my training in clinical psychology, I took a pass on the traditional path of psychology. My heart was guiding me to use the training as a coach, so I could guide people to uncover more of their potential. I believed in this path so deeply because it challenged me both personally and professionally.


At the same time, the reality was that my psychology cohorts were building their businesses to six figure practices, while I was barely making 20K a year. Still, I kept the faith and kept working my business to no avail. Each year, at tax time, I would look at the abysmal numbers and just cry. I just could not understand why my heart would guide me down a path that wasn’t taking care of me and my family financially. What happened to “follow your bliss and the money will follow”? Although I absolutely loved my work, a part of me was feeling heartbroken that my bottom line was bottoming out year after year.


Then my wakeup call came. I had accumulated over 130K in debt and had to make a choice. In that moment, I made a commitment to myself. I gave myself one year to pay off this debt. Given that in previous years my income barely reached one-fifth of that goal, I’ll admit, I had no idea how I was going to accomplish that goal. Yet, in nine months, the debt was gone.

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Since then, I’ve been asked “How in the world did you make that leap?” My response was and continues to be “I decided.” Now when I have heard people say something like that before, I would secretly inside be infuriated! I would be screaming in my head “What do you mean you just decided? I decide all the time to bring forward new gifts into my life. It doesn’t mean it happens!”
The reason why this time my decision worked is because I was willing to do things differently. The most important aspect I changed was to look at my financial struggle and lack of clients as an inner problem. Previously, what I had done was try to work on my business rather than myself. What was really holding me back, despite all the amazing inner work I had already done, was ME.
After successfully navigating through this time in my career, I shared my story with my community. Soon thereafter, I began getting emails from other coaches and holistic entrepreneurs asking me if I would be willing to guide them to have the same breakthroughs with their businesses. And so I did.
What I quickly realized was my #1 block was also theirs too. The #1 block holistic practitioners have is looking outside of yourself for the solution rather than inside of yourself. You are the cause to the effect of your reality. Once I (and then those I mentored) took this seriously, the results completely changed…with some even quadrupling their business in months!
The bottom line is that your business shows you where you need to grow internally. Because changing the bottom line of your business is as simple as “you make a decision,” yet internally more complicated than that, I decided to host a webinar on the topic. This way I can give you more and you can learn more quickly than I did!

The webinar is titled “The 3 Real Reasons Coaches and Holistic Practitioners

Struggle AND What You Can Do About It.” Please register right away, as the webinar is happening in just a few days! Register here.


This webinar is an opportunity to take a look at what “I made a decision to change” really takes from the inside in order to see the results on the outside. I can’t wait to share the details with you!

Warm Best,
Michelle Bersell
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Michelle Bersell, M.A., M.Ed., is known as a visionary leader in emotional empowerment who challenges people all over the globe to uncover the unconscious beliefs holding them back in life. Combining her innovative ideas along with her training in clinical psychology and education, Bersell is transforming Holistic Entrepreneurs to get out of their own way and experience their fullest potential within their business and life. Besides media attention in Women’s World magazine, Parents magazine,The Huffington Post, and Fox Television, Bersell is featured in the upcoming film documentary GOOD LUCK: When Preparation meets Opportunity.
Love, Health and Success,

Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. For more information and for your complimentary Wellness Coach Career Kit, please visit



2 thoughts on “The #1 Reason Holistic Practitioners and Coaches Struggle

  1. wally sinclair

    As an Aboriginal person that has experienced a journey of sharing gifts that have been passed on not just to me, Information listening and appreciating knowledge, understanding in a respectful manner consistent with cultural protocols. Holistic Vs Monetary is not included in our sharing circle. Just sharing out loud Respectfully submitted

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