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How She Turned Her Business Around During COVID with Cathy Anesi

Today’s guest is Cathy Anesi, a member of Tap the Potential’s Better Business, Better Life™ program.  She has an incredible story to share, and just wait until you hear about her NEST program, which is both innovative and cutting-edge. Listen in to hear how Cathy has transformed her business from barely surviving to profitably thriving!

Cathy Anesi is the Owner and Director of The Lighthouse Retreat and Wellness Center. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience working with individuals of all ages, families, and groups. She supervises the therapeutic staff at The Lighthouse. She is a Reiki Master, has Certifications in Cranial Sacral Therapy, and completed level 4 training in the PURE healing light energy. Cathy’s sessions are unique in that she utilizes energy healing modalities combined with traditional psychotherapy where appropriate. This method is an extremely effective way to help clients process sometimes painful emotional issues easily in an environment of support and healing. Cathy’s passion is facilitating groups concentrating on the empowerment and self-care of women. Her compassion and non-judgmental Spirit offers a space that is nurturing and healing.

Cathy is also a Level II EMDR therapist. (*Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy that was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences. It uses a structured approach for treatment of trauma-related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression. Clients are able to free themselves from the hold that these negative experiences have on their lives after completing treatment.)

She received her MSW from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work with a concentration in children and families. She has worked extensively with families of children with disabilities within the Westchester County area through Early Intervention and The Committee for Preschool Education. Currently, Cathy provides family therapy using the NEST modality in conjunction and collaboration with the other Lighthouse therapists.

Profit by Design is a Tap the Potential Production in collaboration with Small Business Consulting Group.

Show Highlights:

  • Cathy describes the crossroads she found herself at right before she joined the Better Business, Better Life™ program.
  • Implementing the steps set forth in the program helped Cathy’s business to not only survive but to thrive in less than ten months.
  • Dr. Sabrina shares the increasing revenue, net profit increase, and gross margin numbers of how much Cathy’s business has grown during COVID, between Q1 of 2020 and Q1 of 2021.
  • Cathy provides an overview of The Nest Program that is offered at The Lighthouse.
  • Cathy discusses the biggest challenge that she has found in her business.
  • Dr. Sabrina details the benefits of taking a 4 Week Vacation.
  • Leadership Bootcamp is a six-week course that teaches your A-players how to take leadership roles within your business.
  • Understanding the psychology of A-players and how to attract them to your business is taught in the How to Hire the Best course.
  • Making an investment in coaching is making an investment in ourselves.


Connect with Cathy!

The Lighthouse Retreat



Links and Resources:

NEW! Facebook Group: Entrepreneurs Take Your Life Back! Upon joining, you’ll get access to exclusive, free, mini-trainings from Dr. Sabrina, including the Better Business, Better Life™ jumpstart, as well as the “How to Hire the Best” jumpstart! No charge to join! Let’s get to know each other!

BUY THE BOOK ON AMAZON: How to Hire the Best: The Entrepreneur's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top-Performing Team Members by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

How to Hire the Best Toolkit

COURSE: How to Hire the Best

Taking care of yourself is important now more than ever. Are you ready to take your life back from your business?

The FIRST STEP is taking our Assessment at:

NEXT, meet with our Success Team Lead to debrief your results.

THEN, join our Better Business, Better Life™ program.

Dr. Sabrina’s WEBSITE


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Books Frequently Mentioned:

The 4 Week Vacation by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD – COMING OCTOBER 2021!

How to Hire the Best: The Entrepreneur's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top-Performing Team Members by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

How to Hire the Best: The Rural Business Owner's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top Performing Employees by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

How To Hire The Best: The Contractor’s Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top Performing Employees by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz

The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz

About The Author

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist and international best-selling author of the How to Hire the Best series and The 4 Week Vacation™, is the founder of Tap the Potential and host of the Profit by Design podcast. At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business.

We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life coaching program have more time for what matters most and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to take their life back!

Dr. Sabrina and her team at Tap the Potential are on a mission to change the story of entrepreneurship from one of long hours, grinding it out, to one of sustainably profitable businesses that support and enhance life. The Tap the Potential Solution™ and our Tap the Potential Family of Business Owners are disrupting small business as usual. We are on our way to making the Tap the Potential Solution™ the mainstream model for growing business.

By 2023, 150 Tap the Potential clients will have taken 4 Week Vacations. These are the trailblazers, role modeling what’s possible for entrepreneurs. In many entrepreneurial circles, it is becoming more and more common for one entrepreneur to ask another, “Have you taken a 4 Week Vacation™?” (as opposed to asking “How many employees do you have?” or “What is your annual revenue?”). Taking a fully unplugged 4 Week Vacation is rapidly becoming the recognized symbol of entrepreneurial success.

Never one to accept the status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses—no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing—and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

As The Business Psychologist, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of your biggest investment—team members.