Counselor: Things can change with next breath
How did your business start?
I launched Next Breath LLC as a resource to help build a stronger, healthier and more connected community. Today, more individuals and families are struggling: struggling to make ends meet, to feel calm, to connect, to slow down and connect with their inner strengths and loved ones. It is my desire to nurture community change, one client and family at a time. I truly believe that each of us does the best we can in any moment given what we know, and what we are given, much of which is out of our control. Next Breath is founded on the idea that no matter what we have been through, we always have the next breath to choose something different, for our own health, our families and partners and the community.
What do you sell?
Next Breath offers individual counseling for teens and adults; couples counseling, family therapy, and an array of mindfulness-based programs for parents, dads and men. Currently, I am facilitating a donation-based, six-week Mindful Parent Series at Providence Apothecary starting June 10. In August, Karen Barbee of Steadfast Communication and I are partnering to offer a TALK (Tenacious Adults Loving Kids) program in the community.
Why do you like what you do?
I am passionate about being a small part of helping individuals, couples and families develop self-awareness, self-compassion, and the concrete tools to reach their greatest potential. When even one person develops these abilities, everyone they touch is impacted. The ripple effect generates more loving, connected, mindful and healthy communities. Rather than label people, I firmly believe we are all in this together; suffering knows no bounds. I hope to offer guidance and support for people to transcend symptoms, and be the change they wish to see.
What is your strategy for growth in the next year?
Essentially, my plan involves cultivating a trusted, grounded presence in the community through community partnerships, educators, therapists, teachers and other engaged community members. I plan to offer financially accessible programs, like the Mindful Parent Series, to make cutting edge resources and tools available to all regardless of their ability to pay along with workshops and programs for people who want to go deeper in their experiential learning, healing and development.
What is the best thing about running a business here?
My family and I are blessed to be a part of this amazing community. Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley offers a lovely environment to raise our daughter and care for ourselves. The people here are honest, hardworking, loving and willing to invest in their health, self-awareness, and growth to be the best husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, and community members they can be.
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