Clancey Counseling ready to help in Culpeper
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Now she has the opportunity to use her passion for people and her professional training as the owner of Clancey Counseling in downtown Culpeper.
The new business opened the first week of October.
“I was at first interested in becoming a teacher and I got an undergraduate degree from George Mason in psychology,” Clancey said. “Then I went on to get a masters in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. During my work on that I began to feel that I could have more of an impact on the lives of children by being in the mental health field. I realized that private practice was where I wanted to be.”
Clancey's dream was not immediately realized as she spent 10 years working for others in the mental health field, most recently with the National Counseling Group on Lover's Lane in Culpeper. She moved to Culpeper five and a half years ago.
Clancey also has experience in working with high-risk youth and at an adult day treatment facility.
“The time just felt right to open my own practice,” Clancey said of her decision. “I want to be able to do what I want to do.”
Some people in the Culpeper area may recognize Clancey's name from another of her passions – teaching Zumba, which she has done at both Powell Wellness Center and Gold's Gym for the past four years.
Clancey said she is still in the process of formulating what programs she will offer at her practice.
“I want to be flexible,” she said. “If the community wants a certain type of group we can start one. I hope to grow here and be able to add more clinicians in the future.”
Clancey and her husband Tom have three young children and she said it was Tom who nudged her into going out on her own.
“I want to be available to the community to meet needs,” she said. “But it's important that I meet the needs of may family, too. By having my own office I can do both. Helping other families and kids is where I want to be.”
Clancey said she will focus on children age 10 and older, adults and couples.
“I can't wait to start groups,” she said. “The first one will begin in January. It will be a support group for parents dealing with kids with social and behavioral issues – where their behavior is getting in the way of family relationships.”
The group is scheduled to start Jan. 14 and run eight weeks on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Clancey said the group will have a maximum of 10 people but that she needs at least four people to begin.
She said that the business side of private practice has been her biggest challenge so far.
“I'm getting a handle on all the stuff that comes with running your own business,” she said.
Clancey also hopes to eventually teach a course in the after school program through Healthy Culpeper and is considering “concierge therapy” where she visits an individual or couple in their home instead of at her office.
“There is a definite stigma in getting mental health counseling or having a 'therapist',” she said. “Some people just feel more comfortable having sessions in their own home.”
Her business brochure notes that “through a caring and non-judgmental environment, Clancey helps clients with personal growth and obtaining fulfilling relationships.”
But her services may not be for everyone.
“I want to help people that want to be helped,” she said.