How We Help
You don’t have to hold everything together on your own. Join me for a series of personalized, confidential conversations designed to help you work through current challenges, identify potential problems and optimize your personal strengths. I don't have a series of worksheets or a program that I lead everyone through- I am a master listener and I will tailor our time to what you need. Through the powerful pairing of psychological training and entrepreneurial experience, I can support you in every part of your personal and professional life.
- 90-minute deep dive
- Two 60-minute follow-ups
Do you need an expert sounding board to think through a specific problem?
Do you need immediate strategies to manage your anxiety? Sleep better? Handle a difficult team member? Make a time-sensitive decision? Better handle challenges at home?
In three sessions, Dr. Sherry will provide strategies that you can implement immediately. She listens with insight, expertise and a friendly presence and works with you to find the best direction.
Sessions can be scheduled around your needs (all in the same week or spread out over months). Remote or in-person options available.
- 90-minute deep drive
- Six 60-minute follow-ups
Are you in the midst of a big decision? Should you quit your job? Change your role? Sell your company?
Feeling uncertain of where to go next?
Are you feeling the fatigue of burnout? Does it feel like things are imploding in your business? Are things falling apart at home?
Do you find yourself repeating the same destructive patterns and less-than ideal decisions?
In this seven-session engagement, Dr. Sherry will help you dig deep and gain insight into the motivations and misperceptions that are keeping you stuck. She’ll use her expertise and experience to help you get back on track or forge a new path.
- 90-minute deep drive
- 11 monthly check-ins
You have a dentist, a barber or stylist, a drycleaner and a mechanic. You have ongoing relationships with subject-matter experts who help you to manage specific parts of your life.
Dr. Sherry can be your mental game strategist. She’ll become an expert on you and your business so that she can provide individually-tailored counsel.
A monthly session with Sherry ensures that you don’t drift too far from your personal and business goals. She becomes part of your team- helping to make your mind, your life and your business run smoothly.
How is Consulting Different than Psychotherapy?
In addition to the consulting work she does through ZenFounder, Sherry is a licensed clinical psychologist in California and Minnesota. While there are similarities between consulting and psychotherapy (or counseling), they are different and it is important that you understand the distinctions (and understand what you're signing up for).
Psychotherapy is a health care service and is usually reimbursable through health insurance. It is focused on identification, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness. That means a focus on alleviating symptoms, understanding the underlying dynamics which create symptoms, and developing new strategies for successfully coping with mental illness. The psychotherapy relationship tends toward "doctor-patient."
This is not true for consulting. A consulting relationship is designed to give you support and strategies to reach your self-identified goals. It is less "clinical" and does not involve a formal diagnosis or a treatment plan. The consulting relationship is collaborative and less formal (though both . Both activities use knowledge of human behavior, motivation, relationship patterns, and psychological research. The major differences are in the goals, focus, and level of professional responsibility.
Some other topics to tackle in one-on-ones:
At ZenFounder, we believe that taking regularly scheduled retreats is one of the best things you can do for your sanity, your relationships and your business. We want to help.
We’ve written a brief guide to founder retreats to get you started.
But we can do so much more. We offer personalized retreat planning for your individual retreat, or a retreat for you and your spouse.
Before you go, we’ll help you identify the specific questions to reflect on. We’ll provide you with strategies to help you organize your time. We’ll schedule a mid-retreat conversation to help you deepen your reflections or adjust your tactics. We’ll also debrief with you and help you reform epiphanies into actionable strategies.
Want us to organize all the details and make your travel plans? We can do that too.
Mergers and acquisitions
Maybe an exit is your dream come true. Maybe you’re stoked to acquire another team who will make all the difference in your business leveling up. Maybe you’ve found yourself in the position of needing to sell or shut down.
Mergers and acquisitions are among the most stressful events an entrepreneur will experience (even if it’s a transition that you’re happy about). We know. We’ve done it.
We can help. Whether it’s supporting you and your family through the stress of a merger or helping you make two teams into one, our unique combination of advanced psychological training and extensive business expertise can be a game-changer in making M&A transitions much less painful and much more successful.
Marriage and family
The well-being of your business depends on you. Most of us don’t function well at work when there is trouble at home. Most of us don’t function well at home when there’s trouble at work. Healthy relationships are central to our mission.
We host an annual couples retreat to help couples tackle the unique relationship challenges that often accompany the entrepreneurial life.
We also offer individualized consultation to help ease the cycle of stress: business stress becomes family stress which creates more business stress and so on.
Challenges with parenting? Struggling to manage two careers in one house? Having difficulty finding time for romance? Are resentments building up about the amount of time being devoted to business?
Our team of experts will help you and your partner identify existing or potential problems, provide you with a set of actionable recommendations, and stick around to support you while you implement new patterns.
What others are saying about working with Dr. Sherry...
"I've worked with a handful of therapists, doctors, and counselors over my lifetime regarding both personal and business related issues -- Sherry is *by far* the best. Her empathy is unrivaled, allowing you to take the time to slow down your life, think more clearly, and focus on what matters most: your family and how to grow your business. I look forward to working with Sherry more in the future."
“I talked to other coaches and therapist before Sherry. The other therapist didn't seem to have much understanding of business issues. The other therapist kept asking what felt like the wrong questions. Sherry asked questions that felt relevant and drove me toward answers that uncovered what was bothering me. Sherry's experience with founders makes her best at identifying whatever is going on, and working to improve the situation.”
"Being newly married, and feeling the overwhelming weight of a startup, Sherry helped me navigate one of the hardest seasons of my life. She's an incredible listener, she gave me sound advice, and she held me accountable to the actions that I said I would take. I would highly recommend Sherry to anyone!."
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