Jorge is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who specializes in helping troubled adolescents. Jorge, who has over 30 years of counseling experience, has been running his practice for 13 years. Over the course of his career, Jorge has worked as a probation officer and a guidance counselor in multiple capacities at the collegiate level. He also has two masters degrees, one in Education and Counseling and the other in Administration and Leadership.
Jorge is licensed to counsel people of all ages, but most of his clients are children. The majority of his clients are referred to him by schools, pediatricians, and the Juvenile Department Correctional Center. Because most of Jorge's clients are in school during the day, he meets with them in the evenings and on the weekends to keep them from missing class. Jorge typically meets with his adult clients in the afternoon before school gets out.
Jorge says that success with any client begins with building trust. He makes a point to build rapport with clients before addressing serious issues. Jorge emphasizes that he doesn't change anyone--they change themselves. He then finds ways to improve their situations, but he says that the decision to change always rests with them.
Jorge is using this loan to better advertise his business and to maintain operating capital. Until now, Jorge has spent very little money on advertising, instead relying upon referrals to generate business. He already has business cards and fliers, but will use this loan to take out a billboard advertisement. Whatever money remains will be used as cash to meet miscellaneous business expenses. Because most of Jorge's revenues come from claims paid by insurance companies, there is often little certainty of when he will actually be paid. Having cash on hand keeps the business afloat during the waiting process.
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