Today we’d like to introduce you to Kasi Good.
Hi Kasi, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
From the time I was a teenager, I knew I wanted to work in the mental health field. I began studying psychology at Utah Valley University in 1999, but my schooling was interrupted in 2001 when I got married and moved out of state. Four children quickly followed and I spent the next 15 years being a stay-at-home mom.
As my children got older, I returned to my dream of being a therapist and so in 2016 I returned to school to finish my undergrad degree in Behavioral Sciences, immediately followed by a master of Social Work. After graduating, I worked as a therapist in a group private practice and then in community mental health.
In May of 2021, I took the leap and opened my own practice in Provo, Utah. Within 2 months, my schedule was completely full, so I brought on another therapist… and that trend continued for the next six months. We quickly outgrew our space and moved to our current location in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
By January 2022, our group had grown to eleven therapists and two full-time admins. I never anticipated we would grow so quickly, but I’ve come to realize that the demand and need for mental health services in our area far outpaces the supply. I am continuously aware of the trust that has been placed in us and am always striving to ensure we honor that trust.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I never anticipated we would grow so quickly, so the past year has consisted of a lot of catching up and late nights working. We’ve had to figure things out as we go, especially the business side of things.
I’ve had to continually remind myself of the importance of a work/life balance, which admittedly I am not great at most of the time. I’ve had continuous health struggles, which have thrown a wrench in things, but luckily I am surrounded by amazing and competent people who have carried the weight when I couldn’t.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
True Self Counseling provides individual, couples, and group therapy to children, teens, and adults. Our mission is to help our clients accept, honor, and embrace their authentic selves. In doing so, they can create a fulfilling life that is consistent with their personal values and goals. We know that every individual is unique, and so their healing journey will be unique.
While all of our therapists are trained in and can provide traditional talk therapies, we also provide experiential therapies such as art, play, and sand tray. We are also aware of the role trauma plays in our mental health and wellness, and so we are trained in various trauma therapies such as CPT, EMDR, IFS, and Somatic therapies.
In addition, one of our goals is to create a safe space for members of the LGBTQ+ community and we seek to provide informed and affirming care.
What are your plans for the future?
We are constantly dreaming up new ways we can offer services and give back to the community. We have plans to offer a free support group for LGBTQ+ teens later this year, as well as a support group for therapists who have lost a client to suicide. As for further down the road, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
- We accept Select Health, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Optum/United, EMI, and DMBA.
- Private pay sessions start at $110.
- Website: www.trueselfutah.com