It’s almost moving day.
You see, about two years ago, I set out to build a group practice. My intention was to put together a caring group of therapists who’d support each other and support their clients.
One problem I didn’t fully think through was where we’d put all these great therapists and where we’d help all these wonderful clients. For the past 10 years, I’ve worked in a small office building. It’s really an Old Town home. Built in the early 1900s, it’s been converted into 8 offices.
As our group grew, the landlord gave me more offices. But with some long-term tenants already in the building, she was only able to make 4 offices available, which we quickly filled.
And then we kept growing and had to add other spaces throughout town.
My vision of being a caring group of therapists who could support one another was in some ways put on hold—it’s hard to care about each other in an active way when you’re working across town from one another. Our caring group was fragmenting.
Good heavens! Something had to be done!
So in April of this year, I began the process of looking for an office building that we as a group could all move into.
So in April of this year, I began the process of looking for an office building that we as a group could all move in to. I hoped it would be in Old Town Fort Collins, where I’ve lived and worked since moving to this wonderful community in 1997. I hoped it would have enough office space that we as a group could grow into. And I hoped that we’d find the office space soon.
I began to look around and had my realtor send me whatever listings became available. One day, she sent me this listing for a plain-looking, 1976, triangle-shaped office building that seemed tremendously overpriced. But, the location was fantastic. So, I told my wife, “If the price goes down by about 25%, maybe we’ll take a look.”
A month passed and not much else came on the market. And the price of that plain-looking triangle office building never budged. Not by one dollar. With not much else to see, I told my realtor to go ahead and show me the triangle building.
I walked in the door. I knew it was our space.
The interior was fantastic, perfect even. I could easily see how to rearrange the 3,000 square feet, with a little bit of work, into 13 welcoming offices, a staff lounge, and an inviting waiting room.
After a month of anxious negotiations and ultimately paying more than I’d hoped, we got the building under contract. That was followed by a harrowing month of getting just enough money together for closing. We closed—excitedly—on July 7.
Now, as August 1 rolls around, we’re getting ready to move in. No more satellite offices all over town. Everyone together. A true group of therapists working together in a caring environment, happy to be together, excited to help our clients.
We’re another step closer to the vision I had when all this started in 2013. Moving day is right around the corner. My bags are packed, and there’s a smile on my face.
Visit Carl or one of the other therapists at Heart-Centered Counseling at their new location in the heart of Old Town, at 320 W Olive St Fort Collins, CO 80521.