For three years, Bonnie Healey worked as a solopreneur in her therapy practice, Hope and Meaning Counseling. Then came COVID and the demand for mental health services nationwide intensified.

"Part of it was pandemic-related and just coping with adjustments," Healey said of the increase in mental health services. "People had time to do therapy. When they were stuck at home there was no escaping some of these problems anymore."

By 2021, Healey, a therapist of 13 years, hired her first employee. Her counseling business has since grown to include 10 other therapists and three administrative staff.