First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID19 times?
Dr. Dan Amzallag: It has been a very challenging few months in isolation, but we survived. We contracted the virus at the end of January, and it felt like a severe common cold. We lived through it and got out of it unharmed.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded ProAce International
Dr. Dan Amzallag: I am a cognitive behavior psychotherapist and help people deal with mental illness through psychotherapy. I handle anger management cases, Narcissistic personality disorder, and marital counseling. I also work in the area of self-esteem and self-worth. Career counseling is also connected to life and executive coaching.
How does ProAce International innovate?
Dr. Dan Amzallag: We constantly work towards learning new strategies on helping people better themselves with proper treatment that doesn’t include the use of drugs. We work diligently in this aspect. We attend seminars and workshops, virtual of course, to learn more about effective strategies to help our local community deal with mental illnesses.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Dr. Dan Amzallag: It affected my patients to attend our face to face sessions, but we are now using the zoom to provide that service. Actually, I got a lot more patients this way during the pandemic than PRE-pandemic. Prior to COVID, patients were missing their sessions because of traffic or other personal reasons. Now, all is done from the comfort of their own home.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Dr. Dan Amzallag: There were no difficult choices to make at all. We worked hard to make our services available to everyone. We learned to be more patient and offer additional services that can help people achieve their goals. The key is to be available to everyone.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety, how do you project yourself and ProAce International in the future?
Dr. Dan Amzallag: I deal with stress and anxiety based on my expert training and knowledge acquired during my doctorate degree. I stay calm and collected and tackle the problem by compartmentalizing each little task individually and work on finding out solutions.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Dr. Dan Amzallag: All therapists offering similar services. I stay in the games by promoting myself, writing content, giving pro bono help to those in need, attending workshops throughout the year to increase patients’ database. I cover so many areas of therapy that many find it to be effective for them.
Your final thoughts?
Dr. Dan Amzallag: My mission is to help people be the best they can be. I am constantly focusing on helping others reach their ultimate happiness. I have written books and articles related to this. By helping ONE person at a time, I will make this world a better place to live. Being a therapist is NOT about money; it’s about projecting your own accomplishment and making others achieve the same. We can collectively make a difference and focus more on the spiritual aspect of life vs. the materialistic.
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