One of the primary goals in founding WellSpring was to create a practice that can provide high-quality services for the entire family, as well as to help meet the growing needs of our community as a whole. Coming from a background in integrated healthcare, I am a firm believer that you receive the best care when your providers are working together. The old saying "two minds are better than one" is certainly the case when you have colleagues to brainstorm with, consult with on difficult cases, learn from each other, and provide support. One of the goals in opening this practice, was to eventually offer families the option of having multiple providers who can work with different family members in a collaborative way.
I am very excited to welcome two new providers to the practice: Dr. Sarah Etu, Ph.D., LCP, and Dr. Robyn Van Brunt, Ph.D., LCP. The three of us will be teaming up to work toward realizing the vision of WellSpring. Working together will allow us to offer a variety of additional services, including increased options for families in terms of collaborative care, new groups and courses, increased community outreach, and additional treatment approaches. We all share the same goal - to help provide high quality services to our community.
Here is a preview of some of the exciting things to come:
1) Integrated Care for the Family: Having three providers working together in the same space will allow us unique opportunities to work together as a treatment team if you desire this service. For example, there is often a conflict of interest in having one provider treat multiple family members (e.g,. providing child therapy for a child and individual therapy for a parent). However, having the option of individual providers who can work very closely together can be a tremendous advantage for many families.
2) Expanded Services. Bringing together three providers who have unique training and experience, as well as different areas of expertise, allows us to collectively offer a wide variety of services without compromising on the quality of those services.
3) Increased Parenting Resources: With 8 children between the three of us, we can provide both professional support paired with parental understanding (and non-judgement) in helping parents navigate the many challenges of parenting. Examples of services we are planning include parental support groups, trainings in effective discipline techniques, and courses for new and expecting parents to help parents navigate the first few (often challenging) years of parenting.
4) Provider Education and Growth: We have integrated regular group supervision and consultation, continuing education, and peer education into our practice. This means that whichever provider you are seeing, they will be pushing themselves more to stay current in the field, to develop new techniques, to consult with and learn from others, and to get additional ideas on how to most effectively serve you. We believe three brains are better (for both clients and providers) than one!
Dr. Etu and Van Brunt will begin seeing clients as part of WellSpring later this year (until then, they will continue to see clients through their existing practices). We are all very excited about our new partnership and about the advantages this partnership will bring to the individuals we have the pleasure of working with each day! If you have any questions or concerns about how this partnership will impact you, please do not hesitate to contact any one of us.