Around the time my husband came with me to Idaho for the IAND meeting, he was contemplating applying for a job in Cache Valley, Utah. We mulled it over a bunch on that trip, weighed pros and cons, and ultimately decided that it would be a good idea for him to apply. So on the way back home, we drove through the area and had a look around. I felt so good there, and it solidified the decision we’d made for him to apply.
Fast forward to the middle of May and he was offered the job. By then we had had 3 weeks or so to continue to think about a move. The more and more I thought about it, the more I knew it was the right decision for our family. I think I was a little more confident than Brady, but I also know he felt more responsibility for the decision than I did. But over the past 6 weeks, our experiences with selling our house, finding an interim rental while we decide where exactly we want to settle, how positive our kids have been about the move and continuing to see the greater opportunities for us (especially professionally for Brady) in Cache Valley vs St. George have made us 100% confident that this is the next best step for our family.
It’s bittersweet to leave St. George. Both of our families are here and we have a lot of very dear friends that we will be leaving. Essentially, we are leaving a fantastic support system. We are also leaving a desert for the arctic tundra…or at least that’s how we hear the winters described 🙂 But the summer, fall and spring will be absolutely lovely!
I’ve had a lot of questions about what is next for my private practice. The beauty of being in private practice is that I can pick it up and take it with me. I am VERY VERY sad to end face to face sessions with my local clients, however through teleconferencing, I’ll still be able to work with them long distance. In fact, currently (since this number changes from month to month) 50% or so of my clients are located outside of St. George so I do a lot of long distance sessions already. So really, not much is changing for individuals counseling sessions. Take this as an FYI – even if you aren’t in St. George, Cache Valley or even Utah, I can still help you make peace with food and it would be my absolute pleasure!
I do have plans to expand services outside of individual counseling sessions. To make it more accessible and affordable for those who need it, I’ll be offering group coaching sessions and online webinars starting this fall. I also have a long term plan for an online course, but stay tuned for smaller offerings along that same vein as I work up to it. In short, this move is only inspiring me to think bigger.
I know I’ve said it before, but I feel really passionate about this work and it’s potential to make a huge difference in people’s lives. Fighting food and our bodies keeps us stuck, afraid and lonely. It’s so rewarding to see an individual make peace with food and find their potential because they finally have the mental space for bigger and more important things than what they are eating or how they look. Nourishing your body and feeling positive about your appearance can be valuable to you, but our work together is to make it feel less anxious, preoccupying or obsessive.
So this little life update is to let you know that the physical location of my practice has moved, but I’m still working, still accepting new clients and still working to expand my business and services. I’ll still be blogging and adding social media content that I hope you’ll find helpful too. Thank you for being here!