Prof. Dr. Beril Rauf, who is not just a diligent and committed professional in her area of specialization, is also a very empathic person by nature who wishes to use her skill sets in her career for the betterment of society.
Prof. Dr. Beril Rauf was born and brought in Afyonkarahisar in Turkey. Because of her keen interest and passion towards welfare of the society she lived in, Prof. Dr. Beril Rauf had decided during the early years of her life that she would pursue a career related to this passion of hers. And thus, she has pursued her specialization in Psychology from Gülhane Tıp Fakültesi University. After gaining the kind of knowledge she required during her education, she went on to apply her skills sets and interests. She is working in Gülhane Training and Research Hospital as Psychiatrist to treat children and adolescents who suffer from various kinds of mental disorders such as anxiety, depression et cetera.
To explore her other areas of interests other than psychology, she has achieved a Broadcasting License which specializes in Radio Frequencies. And moreover, she is also working at the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant as well as Camp Century in Greenland.
How did you get started in this business?
Since my childhood days, I was brought up in a well educated family. My mother and father were very well qualified, and they always aspired for my excellent academic future as well. When I was a child, I was always curious to know about the human psychology and why humans react the way they do. And that curiosity to find answers to my questions never ended. And that is how I went on to explore the area of interest as my choice of profession as well.
Many of my family and relatives are into core medicine field, some of the elders in my family are physicians, some are cardiac specialists and gynaecologists. But since I was always having a bent of mind towards understanding the human psyche, I had made up my mind during my college years itself that this is the field I would want to explore as a career, as I was deeply passionate about learning psychology.
How do you make money?
It is the consultancy fees that I get paid by providing therapeutic consultation to my patients. Because there are very few specialists providing such services, there is a high demand for my services, especially since the time of the pandemic.
How long did it take for you to become profitable?
The investment of finances and time in such an education is huge. Hence, only after several years of my degree and training was I able to start generating good profits in my profession.
When you were starting out, was there ever a time you doubted it would work? If so, how did you handle that?
As any other person would think while stepping into something new, even I felt a little skeptical during the initial working days of my profession. However, that phase of doubt had vanished after just a few months. And that was because I was always driven to pursue my career in Psychology or Psychiatry.
When I used to feel skeptical during those early days, I used to interact with my friends and family, and that support along with my dedication to work for society’s mental well-being were enough for me to overcome that very soon.
How did you get your first customer?
I had always been passionate towards helping people overcome the mental challenges faced by them, be it depression, negative thoughts, anxiety, or other mental disorders. Although I have undergone basic training under several fields of psychology and psychiatry such as administrative and consultation psychiatry, my major area of specialization which I wanted to focus on is child and adolescent psychiatry.
During the time I was pursuing my Psychology degree, I had observed a lot of kids, youngsters and teenagers around me who used to face issues within their family and in their relationships, either with family or loved ones. And from there on it became of significant importance to me that I should be able to render my services and contribute my knowledge and skills to help this segment of our population to overcome any mental issues they may be facing. Since physical well being is looked at with great importance, I felt the need to balance it with mental well-being for them, which was missing.
What is one marketing strategy (other than referrals) that you’re using that works really well to generate new business?
What I love the most about my job is the difference I am able to create in the lives of people by inculcating their mental well-being and a positive perspective towards life. I feel I am fortunate to make such a helpful impact in peoples’ lives.
What is the toughest decision you’ve had to make in the last few months?
The toughest decision of my life was to choose a career in which I would have to be mentally prepared myself to tackle issues of people suffering from various mental disorders, and help them to cope and deal with them effectively.
What do you think it is that makes you successful?
I am solely dedicated to my work and immerse myself into work with complete passion and zeal, with the end goal of helping patients recover with positive mental health.
What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
After providing help and consultation to individuals who need to be mentally fit and healthy, when I hear about the positive changes that they have started seeing in their lives, is when I feel the most satisfied. That’s because it gives me an assurance that my goal of treating them has been achieved.
What does the future hold for your business? What are you most excited about?
As we can already observe the growing need and demand for mental health and wellbeing since the arrival of the pandemic, which has impacted lives of numerous people negatively, I strongly believe the future for mental care is absolutely bright and shining. And I am excited about enhancing my skill sets and expertise more along with this growing demand.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Always follow your passion and interest and not what others advice. That will surely make you successful.
Are you willing to be a mentor? If so, how should someone contact you?
I am afraid my plate is too full right now.