Meet Blue House Wellness

Blue House Wellness

Each month we feature one of the Atlanta Coworking Alliance spaces.

Meet Blue House Wellness and founder, Anne Rice

What makes your space so special or unique?

Blue House Wellness is a coworking space for mental health professionals. We offer a cozy setting where members can use the community space to do paperwork. We also have fully furnished offices by the hour to hold therapy sessions or other meetings.

Our space is catered to therapy so we provide a fully furnished waiting room stocked with coffee and tea, sound machines for privacy. There is even space for group and play therapy.

In addition, we have open space for that can be used for movement therapy or events, a conference room, and a kitchen. And a beautiful outdoor space where members can be found holding sessions or doing notes.

Who are your members?

Our members are mostly therapists (Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists) however we have several health coaches and other wellness professionals.

How do you help your members succeed?

In graduate school, therapists are taught how to provide therapy but not how to run a business. When I was starting out as a therapist, I was completely overwhelmed with trying to figure out how to do things like apply for an LLC. Then there was getting locked into a long term lease without having any clients but not being able to get clients without having a space. Once I figured it all out and got a successful practice off the ground, I became passionate about helping other therapists do the same thing.

I offer monthly membership levels that grow with my members’ practices so they don’t have to worry about having a full practice from day one. There are free monthly workshops on how to create a private practice. Additionally, I offer one-on-one business coaching. I am currently working on ways to market our therapist directory so that the community knows we are here to support them.

What can members expect in your space?

We strive to be a welcoming and flexible space. Our tables and chairs are meant to be moved around to create the environment you need. We are kid and dog friendly. We’ve had sleeping babies come to workshops and friendly dogs providing some of their own therapy.

What is your favorite part about coworking?

Private practice can be very lonely and overwhelming. When I was renting my own office, I could go weeks without talking to anyone but my clients (who I’m not able to share much personal stuff with) and my husband. Clinical questions would come up and I wouldn’t have anyone to bounce ideas off of. I love that I now have a community I can share ideas with and get support from.

Being a therapist is a job I love but is incredibly emotionally draining. Coworking has allowed me to have my individual business but get all of the emotional support a more traditional office setting might provide. I also love how we all support one another’s businesses. No one therapist is a perfect match for every client out there and we are able to refer to one another which benefits us and our clients.

Why are you a part of the Atlanta Coworking Alliance?

When I started this business, I had no idea what I was doing and felt very much alone. My space is a little different than traditional coworking spaces and I struggled to find support and information that was relevant to me.

At my first ACA meeting, I immediately felt supported and like I wasn’t alone! The Alliance has been invaluable for bouncing ideas off of and creating that same sense of community that I strive to create in my own coworking space. I am a strong believer in the “it takes a village” mentality and it feels amazing knowing there is a community supporting me and cheering me on.