So, I’ve been asked a few times how my first day went. More
than that, I’ve been asked, “What EXACTLY is your business?” The truth is, I’m
not really sure how to explain it. It’s unique. So, I’ll try my best…
First, my first day went well. It was interesting to see the
reactions of everyone who came. Most of what I heard was, “Oh my goodness, the
only place I have been able to find these is on Amazon…” This is true. I am
trying to stock therapeutic items in a place where you can learn about them,
ask questions about them, see them face-to-face and eliminate the guessing game
of having them shipped.
So, what is ‘A Frame of Mind’? The best way to describe it
is we are addressing mental health by encompassing every aspect we can. I think
the only thing we don’t address is medications, however, we do carry some
supplements. So, basically it looks like this…
People can make an appointment for therapy. I’m fully
licensed and trained in multiple areas to do therapy. I currently accept Blue
Cross and I also accept Medicaid. I will be accepting more soon as I am just
I offer cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral
therapy, family therapy, and also I am doing a trial on virtual reality therapy
to address trauma, anxiety, and phobias (yes, you actually get to wear a
headset and practice talking, addressing fears, etc.). The virtual reality
therapy is NOT covered by insurance at this time. I use it to supplement
therapy, or as a cash only therapy in itself.
Next, I offer group therapy. This will be conducted after
normal office hours because I can’t have people roaming the store while we’re
A store? Yes, it’s small, quaint, but full of items that
enhance therapy, help with mindfulness and self-soothe, including sensory items,
advertise mental health and removing the stigma, and incorporate family
What else? We also offer a place for people to relax, drink
coffee, shoot the breeze, listen to music, beat on the drum, or even paint
canvas or river stones.
In addition to what is described above, ‘A Frame of Mind’ offers
a therapy incentive program. Some of the items we sell in the store have a ‘green
dot’ sticker on them. Every person that has been to therapy 10 times is able to
get a ‘green dot’ item from the store for free. Why? I do this because I believe
that achieving your mental health goal is worth celebrating!
We don’t have a lot of space, but in the space we have, we
do a lot of things. We are adding a few more therapeutic type activities as
time goes on, but for now I think this is the most accurate description of who
we are and what we do- with more to come.
‘A Frame of Mind’ is working hard to help people accomplish their
life worth living and we approach mental health non-judgmentally as we
celebrate everyone’s success.
Any questions, please
feel free to stop by, say hello, message us, or give us a call. (231) 340-2263.
Thank you everyone for supporting us!! (Nan, thanks so much
for the flowers!)