I've been really busy in my private practice. I'm pretty much booked every work day. I'm finding people are reaching out for help more than ever and many of my colleagues are also booked.
Now this is both good and bad. It's good because more people are receiving help they need for themselves and their families. It's bad because many therapists have no availability or long waitlists for new clients.
The difficult thing about private therapy is that we as therapists can only help so many people one on one. Sessions are usually an hour long and we try to schedule clients back to back many days so we can help as many people as possible. Personally, I find I have a full workday when I have five clients in one day. Any more than that is too much for me to manage. So that's five hours of my time that I have helped five clients. I see clients three days a week. At most, I'll be working with fifteen clients any given week.
Though I absolutely love what I do, I know I can do more. I want to do more. I want to be able to reach and help as many parent couples as I possibly can. Fifteen clients a week is pretty good, but there are so many more people that I've had to refer out or turn away.
I'm only one person and the one-on-one model isn't what will help me help more people.
So what's the alternative?
How can I continue to help even more couples who need it?
How can I reach people whose schedules don't match with mine, but they still need guidance?
How can people access help when they need it on demand if I'm not available?
Enter The Partnerhood online program.
I created this program as a way to extend my reach and guide parent couples through those difficult baby days when you're barely sleeping, more emotional, and conflict tends to increase. I wanted an easily accessible, virtual, and simple way to address relationship changes after your baby is born without having to go to therapy once a week.
I officially launched this program in January 2021 after years of dreaming, planning, and creating. It is my passion project that I am bringing to the world because I know it is desperately needed. I know it's needed because tons of seasoned parents have told me they wished a program like this existed when their kids were little. They have told me if they knew some of this stuff I teach earlier on in their relationship, they could have saved a lot of heartache between them.
So the alternative to offering one-on-one work is to widen my gaze and help as many people as I can.
I know I have a big vision but I also know the world is ready.
Christie Sears Thompson
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
The Partnerhood (www.thepartnerhood.com)
Trade Winds Therapy & Relationship Coaching (www.tradewindstherapy.com)