Today we’d like to introduce you to Angie Mabe
Hi Angie, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
At 14 years old, I found myself in a tiny closet of an office, talking to my own therapist, Bob. I was working through and overcoming anorexia. It was during this experience that I realized I was called to be a therapist. I wanted to walk with people through the process to reclaim and take back control over their lives. I was one of those weird people who never changed their major in college. I went to UCF to get my Bachelor’s in Psychology and continued onto Rollins College to acquire my Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. I have been working in a private practice setting since I graduated with my Masters. I knew it was just a matter of time before I opened up my private practice. Almost five years ago, I felt led to open up my own practice. To say that this step of faith was terrifying is an understatement. Every day I wanted to quit and stay in the comfort of my bubble. However, I followed my calling and opened up Abba’s Heart Counseling Center in June of 2016. I left my previous employer’s job with 20 clients. My the end of July, I had 30 clients and have been growing ever since.
My heart is to help families who want a deep bond but struggle in painful conflict, to develop stronger relationships through compassionate teachings and creative solutions. My heart’s desire is to help every family member create healthy connections, have unity, and love. I desire to provide each member with the tools to communicate their feelings and speak up for what they want and need. In our work together, I want to help families build a legacy that will last for generations to come. Through lots of prayers, hard work, and a whole lot of faith, I saw my mission to bring families together happen. It was exciting to watch parents and teens heal their relationship, see marriages get restored, and individuals find a voice and speak up for the first time in their lives. I believe that families are the building blocks of every nation. Healthy families equal healthy neighborhoods, which equals a healthy nation. As I grew my solo practice, I realized that I wanted to take this mission to help families on a larger scale. So once again, I felt led to expand. In July of 2019, I received 25+ phone calls in one week. I felt awful, but it took me two weeks to return all the phone calls!! It was at that point that my husband and I sat down with our CPA to discuss expanding. The same day I had the expansion conversation with my CPA, I had a request in my inbox from a woman requesting to do her student internship at my practice. I showed my husband and he said, “Go for it!” The details that happened through our expansion are miraculous. I talked with our landlord about having an extra office by December 2019 or January 2020. She informed me that at that time, there was nothing available.
One month later, out of the blue, she contacted me and said that someone wanted to terminate early and that the office space would be available by November 2019. The miracles in our expansion continued to happen!! I put out a notice that I was hiring and got immediate applicants. One of them was even an old intern that I supervised for two years!! I also had a friend contact me and say that she just wanted to rent a room and agreed to pay the majority of the rent. This took an immense amount of pressure and stress off my shoulders. All the details of how the expansion came about are too many to type. Needless to say, God answered every prayer, even down to desiring a therapist who was an Addiction Specialist. The other miracle has to do with COVID. My husband was a personal trainer and owned his own business. In November 2019, he closed his business to help me to expand Abba’s, Heart Counseling. At that time, we had no clue that he would have been forced to quit just a few months later. Abba’s Heart Counseling now has two licensed therapists, two registered interns, a life coach, and a student intern who all have a heart for helping families heal together. All the therapists love working with teens, and we also have three who are willing to work with itty-bitty kids (three years old and up). Our desire is to bring back passion, love, and unity in families and marriages.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has been a miraculous road. God has opened so many doors and opportunities. The business side has been easier to deal with than the challenges that the expansion presented to our marriage. My husband is also in school, working on his Master’s in Apologetics, and we had always homeschooled our kids. Trying to find a work-life balance can be very difficult. However, we realized early on that we would have to communicate about everything. Also, there are challenges that are difficult to anticipate, so much of the expansion has been a learn as we go.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Abba’s Heart Counseling Center, INC.?
Families are the heartbeat of our nation. Think of what our nation would look like and feel like if we had healthy family systems? Our desire is to help families that are in broken places and restore them to a place of health, love, and unity. Whether this is working with an individual, teen, pre-teen, couple or kids. We are invested in offering useful tools and strategies to give people the family connection they deep down desire and long for. Abba is a biblical term for God translated to “Daddy.” Abba’s Heart Counseling Center is also a Christian-based counseling center. We see people from all walks of life and incorporate Christian and Biblical principles if the client desires that as part of their therapy. It is our job to well-care for every client that walks into our facility and to meet them where they are at.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
My faith is paramount to my success. I don’t think I would have had the courage to do this on my own. Also, I am a natural teacher, and I love helping other people grow. I am a Florida Qualified Supervisor, and my desire is to grow my interns to be the best in their field. Also, being courageous enough to step out and network. Private practice can grow by great marketing, but it grows better by word of mouth and great recommendations. I was shaking in my boots the first day I stepped into a networking event. I stepped way out of my comfort zone, but I am glad I did. I have made some phenomenal friends and have met some wonderful people!!
- Life Coach – Sliding Scale $60-$85
- Licensed Counselors – $125 (individual)
- Couple or Family Session – $150
- Trauma Session – $250
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.abbasheartcounseling.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abbas_heart_counseling_center/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abbasheartcounseling
Riah Smith and Angie Mabe