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Specializing in child and adolescent counseling

How did your business start?

My family and I recently relocated to Glenwood Springs from Springfield Missouri after my husband, Dr. David Werner, accepted an open position at 20/20 Eye Care. I have always been an independent contractor in a private practice setting, so opening my own practice in Glenwood Springs seemed to be a perfect fit for me. I had a tremendous amount of professional and social support when discussing my vision for a counseling practice in the Valley, which confirmed my belief that I was on the right path. I was fortunate to have found a great space that is both warm and inviting to adults and also “kid-friendly” in which young people of any age will feel they have a place to explore emotions and learn about themselves.

What do you sell?

I provide psychotherapy for all ages with a specialty in child and adolescent counseling. In the therapeutic relationship, you and I will work together to set goals for therapy. A plan is formed and using therapeutic interventions you will achieve those goals.

What positive lessons did you learn during the recession?

During slow economic times it is important to use that time to formulate a strategy to increase business. This could be an opportunity to volunteer one’s time in the community and/or offer your expertise to educational institutions. When business slows down that is the time to explore options to adjust and/or make additions to one’s services to meet the needs of individuals in a changing financial landscape.

What strategy do you use to hire good people?

Hire an individual who is gifted at what they will be doing at the office and let them take it from there, providing support and gentle guidance when needed.

What is your strategy for growth in the next year?

I plan to provide excellence to clients and to those who refer to my practice. Create a phenomenal therapeutic environment for my clients with current materials necessary to enhance one’s experience. I would enjoy more opportunities to reach the community through education, lectures and events. As always in private practice it is necessary to assess the rate of growth and make adjustments as needed.

What is the best thing about running a business here?

I appreciate living in a community that is focused on families and determined to maintain a strong sense of community. I have been met with enthusiasm for what I am able to provide to the community and also with a great deal of support from other therapists and medical professionals in the area. I look forward to nurturing those relationships.

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