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Meet Todd Deutsch of Complete Game Plan in Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Todd Deutsch.

Todd, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was eighteen I embarked on a journey that would forever change my life. I thought I was going to Yugoslavia to work at a day camp for elementary school kids and by the time I arrived to what is now the country of Slovenia I was in the middle of a civil war. There was no job awaiting me yet within a few days I found myself working for a refugee camp transporting children from Bosnia to Ljubljana, Slovenia. In the next months I learned more about humanity than I ever bargained for. The experience was eye opening and kept me yearning for more. I relished being lost in a culture and learning the customs of others. I continued over the next 3 years to live in various countries such as Denmark, Norway, France, Israel, Germany, and England. By the time I came back to the United States to start my college education I was primed and ready to further my knowledge with an emphasis in psychology and humanities. While earning my college degree, I realized that being a support for others as a psychotherapist would be my ultimate career choice. Over the next 6 years while earning my masters in Clinical Psychology, I taught 4th and 5th grade elementary school students, coached soccer and taught psychology courses at a high school. After earning my license as a Marriage Family Therapist I stayed in education for a few years and found myself as a principal at a high school for students with emotional disabilities. Even though it was rewarding, I was not fulfilling my true passion. I decided to leave my job and put all my focus into my practice Complete Game Plan. Over the next few years my practice developed and before long I achieved my goals in having a successful practice.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
When I started my business I was not sure what to expect and how to accomplish my goals to have a thriving practice. I thought that my experience and qualifications would speak for themselves but running a business requires that you wear many hats. After some time, I realized that not only did I have to be therapist yet I needed to be a businessman who could market and ultimately sell myself. I was the product and needed be a special niche for my potential clients. That’s not a training that most therapist receive when earning their degree. Typically, therapists focus their work on their clients and not bring attention to themselves so it was an adjustment. In time I learned to balance that in my practice.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Complete Game Plan is a therapeutic practice in Los Angeles that is focused on providing support for individuals and couples that are struggling to overcome obstacles that are impeding the accomplishment of their desired goals. Our mission is to help our clients go from feeling stuck in a particular area of their life, to achieve their own definition of success using an innovative method centered on each individual and relationship. The goal is to assist people in their desire to close the gap between where they are right now, and where they want to be in the future.

I am the owner and the lead licensed marriage family therapist & life coach for Complete Game Plan. I have adopted many techniques from the many teachings I have encountered in my journey. As a result, I have developed a self-help brand that is unique in an industry that has many options. I work with a very diverse clientele yet my niche has centered on athletes and males between 25-45 who are struggling in relationships, dealing with self-esteem issues, feeling depressed, anxious, anger and are experiencing career dissatisfaction.

What were you like growing up?
People find me to be a warm and a care free person. I am very energetic and look for positives within all moments in life. I live by a motto that I need to scare myself at least once a day which allows me to take leaps of faith on a regular basis. I love playing with my two boys, traveling with my wife, catching a sporting event, or sitting quietly reading a book. I am big on self-nurturing and making sure to get personal needs met. I feel that if you have a strong core self then you will be able to manage the problems that life throws you. My biggest passion is my work as it allows me to meet someone new and take a journey into their personal life. I am honored to play a supportive role in their life.

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