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Meet John Kim of The Angry Therapist

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Kim.

John, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As I was going through a divorce and a new career as a therapist, I created a blog called “The Angry Therapist” and titled my first post “My Fucking Feelings.” This set the tone as I started to document my journey.

Even though I was a licensed therapist, I chose not to present myself that way. I wore t-shirts and jeans. I preferred the language of “me too” as opposed to “you should.” I blogged about my shortcomings, revelations, and views on relationships. I found CrossFit, bought a motorcycle, and started coaching people in unconventional ways.

This lead to creating my own life coaching training company known as JRNI, where we train life coaches. Today, I live in Los Angeles. I write books, run retreats, speak, teach, and continue to document my journey on social media.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It took me six years to become a licensed therapist. I was going through a divorce and rebirth at the time, so I had to rebuild my life while also trying to help others. I had many moments of discouragement and “failures.”

But I continued to write and share my story. I promised myself I would always be transparent and honest. And this was extremely difficult in our new filtered social media world. Most of my struggles came from my own inner self-doubt and false beliefs, which I still struggle with today.

The Angry Therapist – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I have two companies — the Angry Therapist and JRNI. The Angry Therapist is my own personal brand. I write books. Run retreats. Speak. And have a small private practice. JRNI is my sister company.

We train and certify life coaches. Both companies believe in humanizing yourself and helping people in a way that’s honest to you. I believe this sets us apart from other wellness companies and brands.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moments come when I hear about coaches we have trained doing amazing things and helping people in their own unique way. I remember how alone I felt when I was training to become a therapist. When I hear their journey is fun and they feel less alone, I feel like I’m making an impact helping people help people.

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