We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelli Pumphrey, MA, LPC and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chelli, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I started out as a solo therapist in 2011. My dad was a multi-passionate entrepreneur, and I had seen his rollercoaster ride of success and failure as I grew up. Apparently, it seeped into my being and I fell in love with the entrepreneurship journey. I grew from a slow trickle of seeing a few clients a month to a solo therapy practice that was consistently full within a few years. I had been heavily involved in an entrepreneurial network that had taught me so much about taking leaps of faith and building businesses. That’s when I knew it was time to up-level to a group practice model. I realized that in my own personal healing journey, I had always sought alternative, holistic care from many different types of practitioners. It was a combination of physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental healers that helped me heal in the deepest of ways. I also felt passionate about natural healing, believing that our bodies and nature often have the keys to our healing. This is how Trilogy Holistic Mental Health was born. Over a couple of years, I’ve grown from a solo practice to having seven employees, including four psychotherapists, an acupuncturist, a nutritionist/health coach, a Reiki practitioner, and a Client Relations Manager. We specialize in holistic mental health with approaches that heal mind, body, and spirit along with using cutting edge mind-body focused approaches like EMDR and somatic experiencing to treat trauma. I love to see how this idea has grown, and to see how many people come in and say, “I never knew this type of place existed! This is what I’ve needed!” It has paid to persevere as an entrepreneur and a dreamer.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Trilogy Holistic Mental Health is an innovative mental health practice that challenges our traditional notions of psychotherapy. We believe that all people have the innate ability to heal. While we are informed, trained, and adhere to ethical standards of western medicine/mental health training, we also bring a deeply holistic approach to our work that focuses on the mind, body, and spirit connection. We believe that a person’s healing journey is more complex and personal than simply diagnosing someone with a mental illness in order to secure funding by an insurance company. For example, symptoms of depression might be connected to gut inflammation from a food intolerance. Or, a person’s anxiety and worry might be related to their attachment style, instead of a common diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder. WIth this clarity, a person’s depression or anxiety might be successfully addressed without medication. We also believe in taking a “bottoms up” approach to treatment, which means we honor the role of the body and nervous system in treating all symptoms, and recognize that trauma is often the root of many issues. All clinicians are trained trauma therapists, and are skilled at treating the root of the issues that regular “talk therapy” (a top down approach) can’t always effectively treat. To complement our psychotherapy services, we also offer EMDR, nutrition and health coaching, acupuncture, herbal medicine, Reiki (energy healing), yoga, including trauma sensitive yoga, and conscious breathwork. I am so happy to be able to offer this unique mental health treatment model to the community, and am always excited to hear clients’ excitement when they find us.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, if you timed it perfectly, you could start with a late spring ski day, and then of course, you couldn’t miss a warm night at a Red Rocks concert! (My personal favorite is doing yoga on the rocks with Michael Franti and Spearhead, and then dancing the night away with the concert). Other musts include a beautiful mountain hike at Rocky Mountain National Park and then spending an afternoon walking Pearl Street Mall in Boulder. Craft cocktails or a glass of wine on the patio at Avanti ind Denver, overlooking the orange glow of the sunset on the city skyline is a must as well. And food? It’s too hard to choose with all of the amazing restaurants in Denver. I’d hit one in each unique neighborhood, such as Lohi, Rino, Lodo, or Highlands. Another personal favorite is Nurture, Denver’s new wellcare marketplace where Trilogy has it’s second location. This is a hot spot for an organic meal, a glass of wine for happy hour or an early morning latte, yoga, fitness, and any kind of wellness or beauty practitioner you can imagine all in one place!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ve spent half of my life attending personal growth events and working with coaches that have contributed in big and small ways to my journey. Some of my top influencers include Marie Forleo and her B-School program, Tony Robbins, Mastin Kipp, and Michelle Vos, a coach and mentor I’ve worked with over the years. Most of all, I want to give the biggest shout out to two incredible women entrepreneurs who I met in B-School, and formed a mastermind with years ago. They have been my spine, my heart, my inspiration, my boundaries, and the nest I return to when I need support as a friend and entrepreneur….so this Shout Out is dedicated to Melissa Wolak and Candice Kingston, two of the best coaches I’ve ever known!