Michelle Poye-Seal and I, Julie Fleagle, first met in February 2016 while working together at another mental health counseling center. At that time, I was still working on my clinical hours and Michelle became my clinical supervisor. We were able to learn a lot about each others clinical approach and ethical standards through supervision. As we got to know more about each other, the more we realized we had in common.
I have always aspired to own my own business and decided to open Kids Compass Counseling Services in March of 2016. I was working part time for myself and part time with Michelle. My practice grew faster than I could have ever imagined! The more my phone rang, the more I realized that so many families need help. Each of my client's could benefit from more intensive parent coaching and/or family counseling that I simply did not have time to provide.
Michelle also had a desire for private practice and started Seal Counseling in January of 2017. She too worked part time for her practice and part time elsewhere. She enjoyed the freedom to work with clients the way she believed was best but missed having collaboration with colleagues.
In March of 2017, I took a huge leap of faith and went out 100% on my own doing only Kids Compass Counseling. This was the best career decision of my life! Quickly after doing this, my practice was almost full. I had a feeling that I wanted to offer more services, but I also did not want to become a huge outpatient clinic.
In July 2017, Michelle and I seriously started thinking about joining forces. Her practice was growing and so was mine, but we felt we could help more families if we partnered. So, in December 2017, Willow Tree Counseling Center was born.
Willow Tree Counseling focuses on the special and unique challenges that families and young adults face today. I will continue to provide specialized child and adolescent services and work along-side their parents. Michelle will offer family therapy, intensive parent coaching, and young adult counseling. We truly believe this partnership will give families the full range of support they need.