We had the good fortune of connecting with Ephrat Lipton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ephrat, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I decided to start my own business mostly to control my own destiny. My husband had gotten laid off from a 20 year career job. I saw him work half his life for an organization, and then have no control over his career path. I was determined to have more autonomy. I was a therapist at a psychiatric hospital and was in a part time private practice owned by a psychiatrist who was retiring. The hospital was selling, so I felt I had to pivot quickly to insure I had an intact place to practice. I had a leadership role at the hospital where I worked (I was the clinical director), so i had some leadership skills and understood how to manage systems. I invited some other trusted therapists to join me because I had always worked as part of a team and feel that therapists work better when together. I knew I wanted the power to decide where to practice, who to practice alongside, and what type of practice to create. Atlanta Center for Wellness started as a 2,500 sq ft practice with 12 practitioners, and has grown to a nearly 8,000sq ft space with 30 clinicians. We are a holistic, integrative mental wellness center with many specialties and modalities.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Atlanta Center for Wellness grew out of a need for a true collaborative, holistic, integrative-wellness approach to mental health on an outpatient basis in Atlanta. The integrative approach to care puts the client at the center of the treatment and address is the full range of emotional, physical, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental influences that can affect a persons health and well-being. This model uses an individualized personal approach that takes into consideration a person’s unique circumstances and needs. The goal is to help a client establish or restore optimum health and wellness. A wide variety of interventions are utilized from a range of scientific disciplines. It is for that reason that a collaborative approach is so integral to its success. Our practice is comprised of 30 skilled and seasoned clinicians who specialize in a variety of issues and are highly trained an d certified in many different techniques. We treat people across the lifespan from early childhood through alter adulthood. We use individual, group, family, and couples therapy. Atlanta Center For Wellness has become a recognized Treatment hub in the Atlanta community. Our clinicians collaborate with each other to provide the best care for each client or system. We have developed a brand that signifies holistic wellness. We are excited about many innovative programs that we have implemented and we continue to collaborate with other professionals and organizations in our community.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Atlanta has so much to offer. When people come to visit, I make sure I take them to different parts of Atlanta so that they can get a taste of the eclectic areas around our city. The beltline is always a favorite, with Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market at the top of the list. It’s always fun to take people to the Battery for a Braves game and some shopping, and downtown Atlanta to the World of Coke and the aquarium. Atlantic Station is a great shopping and lunch stop as well. One of my favorite places is the Botanical Gardens, so that’s a definite stop on our itinerary. If we have time, we would go to downtown Decatur, Old Roswell, and our very own City Springs in Sandy Springs, walking distance from Atlanta Center for Wellness. I love to do a walk around Chastain with most visitors, ending at the Chastain restaurant for a nice dinner and cocktail.. If there is good live music at Chastain Amphitheater or City Winery, that’s always a fun nighttime outing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to old school Ridgeview, Nina Schlachter, Joey Pulley, Ginair McKerrow, Anne Moore, Tom Connell, Jason Lipton, Tali Lipton, and Shira Lipton who all supported me, influenced me, and assisted me on this journey.
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