We had the good fortune of connecting with Cathy Champ and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cathy, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
What a world we live in! Just 5 months after Rockhill Counseling’s grand opening, the state of Texas virtually shut down. We knew that people craved deeply connecting with themselves and others and that being connected in nature and with animals can be very helpful in counseling sessions, but who could have predicted how that was going to be even more evident within the context of a global pandemic? The counseling center is located on a 12 acre farm and, as an essential business providing mental health services, we were still able to meet with people safely outside at a distance . We walk, swing, interact with animals, and talk. People can experience connections, not just talk about them. Each person that finds healing within themselves, and has healthy relationships with others can then bring healing and health to their community and ultimately the world! With rising anxiety, depression, and suicide rates, there is not a more important time to offer a peaceful natural environment for heath and healing.
Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Rockhill Counseling is a mental health counseling center located on a 12 acre farm where we can walk, swing, sit in nature and interact with animals during counseling sessions with a licensed counselor. Our counselors are trained in evidenced based and experiential based therapies such as Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Sand Tray, Play Therapy, Equine Assisted Therapy, Mindfulness and other Expressive Arts. Was it easy? Umm, no. As an owner, I put my heart, soul, and body into cleaning up the land and starting the counseling center. In the year and a half since it’s been open I have torn my ACL, sprained my thumb, gotten stiches in my knee, had mysterious rashes all over my body, had two surgeries, and other various illness. Although my body has been limping along, my heart and soul are still thriving! The business started with me and my husband and we now have 4 other counselors, and 4 part time support personnel to help clean and maintain the property, help with animal care and some marketing. I have learned that I am not invincible. I need to ask for, accept, and hire help. I need to listen to my body and make time for rest. I want the world to know that when God gives you a vision and mission, it is His to accomplish. And he will accomplish it through or in spite of me! God gave me a couple scriptures as part of the vision of Rockhill Counseling: “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28 and “He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me besides still waters. he restores my soul.” Psalm 23:2. I hope and pray our clients experience this rest and restoration at Rockhill Counseling.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
After eating at Mom’s on Main and The Prairie House in Aubrey we would need to head to Denton which borders Aubrey. We would hang out at the square, listening to any live music and interacting with the interesting characters there. We’d eat on the roof top and Lone Star Burger and then go next door for some homemade ice cream at Beth Marie’s. The next day we’d go back to the square to hang out at West Oak or Jupiter House coffee shops. We may take a trip up to Gainsville just north of us to the Lavender Farm or the Frank Buck Zoo.
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’d love to give a “shoutout” to my husband and partner Larry Champ. He has been by my side supporting me as I have left good jobs numerous times to pursue my dreams. We purchased the 12 acre farm together where Rockhill Counseling operates. He is a musician, a pilot and a teacher but now is also a farmer! He does pasture management, helps care for the animals, cleans up the land, mows and does all the bookkeeping. When I am discouraged, he keeps me going. He has always believed in me and has allowed me to take many risks along the way. Without Larry, Rockhill Counseling could not exist.