Health & wellness

Helping therapists focus on healing

New business concept seeks to make it easier to bring therapy to the public

Posted 2/7/17

Fresh off a move to the Lakewood area from Ohio, mental health counselor Sujatha Reddy was looking for a place she could set up an Ayurvedic and counseling clinic.

“I was in the process of getting my therapy license and heard about this new …

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Health & wellness

Helping therapists focus on healing

New business concept seeks to make it easier to bring therapy to the public

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Fresh off a move to the Lakewood area from Ohio, mental health counselor Sujatha Reddy was looking for a place she could set up an Ayurvedic and counseling clinic.

“I was in the process of getting my therapy license and heard about this new company,” she said. “I wanted my own practice, and the way the company approaches doing that sounded really interesting to me.”

At about the same time, Denver resident Bryce Giron-Mathern was trying to get some help with sleeping problems he was having.

“I was having a hard time with insomnia, and wanted to see a therapist to get some help,” said Denver resident Bryce Giron-Mathern. “I had reached out to other therapists and had never heard back from any of them.”

Both found a chance at SonderMind.

SonderMind is a Colorado company founded in 2014 by Mark Frank and Sean Boyd with the aim of helping mental health practitioners focus on providing the care their patients’ need, instead of worrying about the business side of things.

“Therapists don’t go to school for business — they go to learn how to help people,” Boyd, who is also the company’s Chief Clinical Officer, explained. “We wanted to provide an easier option for them, something that is less intimidating and makes growing their clientele easier.”

SonderMind has eight locations between Boulder and Denver, including Lakewood, Thornton and South Denver. At each building, SonderMind rents out the space to therapists who need a location to work out of. Therapists can rent an office on an hourly space, or for long-term rentals. Therapists do their own marketing, but all the office needs and supplies are taken care of for them.

In addition, the company developed an online platform to help people in need of treatment find a therapist, and to provide their therapists with a way to communicate and brainstorm together.

Since its creation, more than 200 area therapists have joined SonderMind.

“I came at this from a client and consumer side,” Frank, who is also the company’s CEO, said. “I’ve been amazed at how difficult it can be finding a therapist can be, and so we thought we could improve everyone’s life.”

At www.SonderMind.com, people can search for therapists that are accepting clients based on topics and location. And therapists who are a member of the company have a special portal where they can collaborate and find resources for clients in need.

“Doing things this way really opens up all kinds of opportunities to help our clients in the best ways possible,” said Carrie McCrudden, a therapist at one of the company’s Boulder locations. “The company just keeps growing, and I really appreciate that kind of mindset.”

Since starting with SonderMind, Reddy has gone from doing therapy work to managing the Lakewood location, which opened in April.

“We all have our own practices, but we’re all in this building, so we’re part of this great community,” she said. “I want to help all the therapists in this location grow and expand to help more people.”

For patients like Giron-Mathern, SonderMind’s approach has made getting help a much better process.

“I knew if the therapist I was seeing couldn’t help me, they would know someone who could,” he said. “It’s just this great resource available whenever I need it.”

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