This summer my family and I spent 8 days with a couple of other families in Colorado. It was an amazing time of adventure and community as we spent our days white water river rafting, ropes courses, hiking, trail running, and spending quality time with one another. But one of the things that I really appreciated about the trip was being able to watch others, especially my kids, push their limits, face their fears, and take risks. And each time they did that they walked away with a smile on their face and a whole lot of confidence. It’s safe to say that those adventures transformed us.
One of the most challenging, and yet rewarding things about being in private practice and working with people…is that I have to constantly remind myself to take risks, face fears, and overcome challenges that I am asking of others. When I don’t do this…I fail to continue growing.
What good is a therapist who doesn’t continue to try and grow in their own personal lives, or who isn’t encouraged and inspired to take the same risks that they encourage those they work with to take?
So with that being said I wanted to let you know that I’m embarking on a new adventure.
The New Adventure
This is the gist of it.
For the last 4 years I have been operating in a solo practice, spending most of my days isolated, except for when I see clients. Up to that point I had always been in a collaborative environment in both clinical and church settings. And I thrived on being in those environments. But over the last four years it has been reaffirmed to me just how important community is, so I decided to do something about it.
This has been in the works for months, but just recently I formed a new practice with 5 other local therapists who inspire me and do great work. I was getting tired of being alone in an office all day and was really desiring connection and collaboration with other colleagues.
So the 5 of us formed a new practice called Thriiive Practices LLC.
And yes, Thriiive is spelled with 3 i’s…which you will learn about soon. We will have a new website up soon at www.thriiivepractices.com
In forming the new practice we really wanted to not only collaborate, but to also provide some auxiliary services that we feel will also be beneficial to you. Some of the things that stand out are:
–we have a new 4,500+ sq ft office that includes multiple offices, and a large group room so we can run groups.
–we have a yoga studio in which we hope to have a practitioner in soon that can offer classes.
–we have a dietitian and a massage therapist that we are speaking with to come in and provide services.
–and I have other therapists in my office that I can refer to when I feel like I need someone who specializes in something else.
And I’m super excited about moving back into a large office of my own which will include some cool new features that will help get people up off the couch and moving.
What Does All This Change Mean for the People I Work With?
First, I will be moving to a new location on Monday, November 9th. The new location is located at 5400 W. Plano Parkway, Suite 210, Plano, TX 75093, . It is located approximately 2.5 southeast of my current Plano location. Here is a link to the map of the location. And below is a map image of where my new office is moving in relation to my current Plano office.
Second, I will be closing my Frisco office (2770 Main Street), and my last day to practice at that location will be Wednesday, September 9th. The Frisco location has been great and my Wednesdays were always full. But I came to a place where I needed to make a decision on whether or not to continue to practice out of two offices, or stay in one office. And I chose to stay in one office so I can work alongside other therapists, as well as not be spread out in two locations. Most of you in Frisco have also been to my current Plano location, but I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. I look forward to continuing to work with you in my new location.
Third, I will close my current Plano location (6101 Chapel Hill Blvd) on Thursday, November 6th. I have been at that location for 4 years (3 in suite 204, and 1 in suite 200 sharing space with my good friend Scott Gornto), but it was time for me to branch out and try some new things.
I wish I could make some cool video graphic to capture this, but essentially here is what is happening….
- Frisco closes on September 9th and those clients return to my current Plano office.
- My current Plano location closes on November 6th and all my clients head to my new Plano location
at 5400 W. Plano Parkway, Suite 210, Plano, TX 75093
Make sense? I hope so.
What is NOT Changing
- Even though I have formed a new LLC with 5 other therapists, we are still operating as solo practitioners. You will still schedule with me, pay session fees through me, etc.
- You will still call me at my current business number of 469-304-9022.
- You will still email me at email@example.com or my assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org
- You will still call or email me and my assistant to schedule appointments.
- You will still be able to connect with me at rhettsmith.com — this is still the hub for everything I do.
What New Things Can You Look Forward To?
First, some of you know this, but many do not. I launched a new podcast on March 24th of this year. It has steadily been growing and my goal was to reach 10,000 downloads by the end of the year…and so far we are on target. It’s a podcast where sometimes I interview others, and other times I just teach. But the focus is on the intersection of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health, and how self-care in those areas help us thrive. I cover topics from exercise and nutrition to marriage and parenting to faith and psychology. Check it out and subscribe. And if you like the show, please recommend it to others or leave a review for me on iTunes.
Second, some of you know that I love running. It has changed my life. I don’t run a lot of races, but I love to get out and explore. Recently I have been reading the book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey. The book is confirming some things I already knew about exercise and the brain, but it’s helping me understand even more just how important that connection is to our mental health. I highly recommend the book. Earlier this year I set out on a goal to try something that would push me physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Something that posed the risk of failure, and therefore, I couldn’t be attached to the outcome, but instead really be engaged in the process. So in October I am running my first 50 mile race in Palo Duro Canyon up near Amarillo. I have run a couple of 5k’s, half-marathons, marathons, and one 50k. So this is a new adventure for me. But as a part of this journey I’m on, one of the things I want to explore in my therapy practice is the connection between running and transformation. So sometime in the next 6 months look for the launching of a new running therapy group that I believe will be transformative for people. If that is something that interests you, let me know.
I am looking forward to taking on this new adventure with you. If you have any questions or comments, just let me know.