The Birth of Something Big
I hope that you’ve been doing well! Today, I want to share about how I started doing what I do now with The Partnerhood - helping parents create a strong, healthy relationship with each other as they grow their families.
When I began working as a therapist, I didn't start off knowing I wanted to help expectant and new parent couples specifically. In 2013, I was focusing more on helping children and providing play therapy services. I seriously considered becoming a Registered Play Therapist because my heart went out to these kids. I loved seeing them progress from week to week as they felt more empowered and were able to work through some really tough issues.
As time went on, however, I noticed something that a lot of the parents of these kids were experiencing.
They had their own issues that tended to influence their child's progress either negatively or halt it all together.
I was doing great work with the kids in their sessions, but seeing them an hour a week without much change happening at home was making it very clear that these parents needed help too. Though I was doing monthly parent consults to check in, it was not enough. These consult sessions needed to be child-focused since the child was my client. The parents themselves did not have enough support as individuals or as a couple.
A lightbulb went off for me.
If I had a time machine, I would have gone back to when these couples first got together BEFORE they had kids. I wanted to help them better prepare for their own junk that comes up when a baby enters their family. If they could sort out some of their own issues both as a couple and as individuals, they would be much more equipped to handle the tough stuff together, especially involving their kids.
I shifted my focus and now I am one of the top therapists in the Denver metro area that provides parent coaching and couples therapy to people who are expectant and new parent couples.
Even after a few years of working with my ideal clients and loving what I do, I still feel like I could do more and reach more people. What I've helped so many couples with is NOT limited to the Denver area. My vision is to expand and be able to help people all over the country, and even the world!
So here are my three biggest reasons why I decided to create The Partnerhood to help even more parent couples with their relationships:
● Couples outside of Colorado deserve relationship guidance too
● Tons of parents are going through similar things and could use each others' support
● By helping parents everywhere through the course curriculum, I'm indirectly helping kids everywhere too (bonus!)
Wow, that was strangely therapeutic to share. If you got to the end of this message, thank you for reading.
Writing this has brought back so many good memories of those early years!
If you feel you would benefit from what The Partnerhood offers and would like to check out the Online Program, please click the button below to sign up:
Christie Sears Thompson
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
The Partnerhood (www.thepartnerhood.com)
Trade Winds Therapy & Relationship Coaching (www.tradewindstherapy.com)