In the summer of 2013, I returned from my trip to England refreshed.
I’d attended the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association Conference, a bi-annual—and very international—affair. Here, presentations are translated into four languages and colleagues use hand gestures, hugs, and shoulder shrugs to communicate with one another.
But, as is often the case with psychotherapy, we were all speaking a language older than words. My colleagues and I left refreshed and deeply connected.
Ambitious Goals for a Group Practice
Coming home to the isolation of my private practice simply wouldn’t do, and the the idea of a group practice had been on my mind for some time. So, I set out to create something new.
I’d been a private practice therapist for nearly 15 years, and I’d been fortunate enough to have a full caseload for quite some time.
It was actually becoming a problem, because I was still receiving new client calls and didn’t have a great way to help.
I tried hard to place clients, but between private practitioners who were hard to reach or already full and clients who refused to go back to community mental health due to a bad experience, I was having a heck of a time doing so.
Connecting Therapists and Helping Clients
There were two groups of people I wanted to help
I wanted to help therapists connect with each other, creating a support network of professionals. And I wanted to help people who were hurting. I wanted them to have a place they could call and know they could get help right away if needed—and without all the usual hoops to jump through.
[To be continued…]
Carl R. Nassar is a professional counselor and director of Heart-Centered Counseling, a comprehensive counseling center located in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley. You can learn more about Carl at carlscounseling.com and all about his counseling center at heartcenteredcounselors.com.