This week’s “Business Spotlight” is Village Psychology, which is located at 210 W Gay Street! We sat down with the owner, Dr. Sharon Kelly.
1. Tell me about your business and any particular things you believe make it unique.
I have been a therapist in private practice for over 20 years. My office on Gay Street is in a nicely refurbished barber shop, across the street from Saint Agnes Church. These elements bring a very inviting and positive atmosphere for therapy.
What is important to me in my practice is to make therapy accessible to individuals and to eliminate any stigma associated with those seeking mental health support. I have two offices in Chester County and it’s intentional that they are situated out in the open and among other businesses.
2. What services or products do you offer?
I provide individual therapy, couples counseling, and life coaching.
3. How long have you been in business?
Slightly over twenty years.
4. What do you love most about being located in West Chester?
So many things! When my kids are in town, we love the restaurants. With my friends, I love the arts, history, and cultural activities. I also love spending time at West Chester’s lovely parks with my 3 legged hound dog, Balboa.
We are so lucky to have such a thriving business community in West Chester. The first thing I noticed when I opened an office here was how supportive the other businesses and the Chamber were of one another.
5. What can you tell me about the culture or atmosphere of your business?
My office is very warm and comfortable and filled with art from friends and local artists. It is nicely situated nearby the many restaurants and shops on Gay Street, so if anyone drives to a session, there are other things to do while they are here.
6. Is there anything else you would like to share about your business?
Many therapists are very busy in the wake of the pandemic. There are many good therapists in the area and I often make referrals to others that might be a better fit for reasons of scheduling, fees, etc. My office has sessions by appointment only on weekdays, but other therapy offices often offer weekend hours.
Contacting your insurance provider to understand how your mental health policy is written could be helpful in accessing support when needed. We all face such extreme stress right now in many ways, and I believe it’s important for people to take responsibility for their emotional well-being.
For more information, please visit VillagePsychology.com.
Important Mental Health Resources:
Dial or Text 988
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
For Crisis Intervention in Chester County
For a Directory of Therapists by zip code