December 28, 2020

Business Spotlight: Colleen Holbrook

Small businesses and the people who own and work in them are the heart of our Edmonds community. To keep our downtown thriving, it’s more critical than ever that we think local first.

In this new series, we will be highlighting independently-owned businesses, and learn more about the folks that make them run!

Meet Colleen Holbrook from Colleen Holbrook, LICSW, CMHS

What is your favorite part of your business?
Helping people connect with and heal their emotional lives.

Why did you start your business?
After working in agencies and hospitals, I really wanted some indepedence with the ability to control my work schedule and focus on the kinds of issues that I’m best suited for.

Why did you choose Edmonds for your business?
Edmonds has a small town feel, the way I grew up. It’s beautifully located by the water and has maintained it’s historic feel. I love the quaint shops and coffee shops with outdoor eating options. It’s a friendly place where it’s easy to smile.

What is unique about your business?
I’ve got a lot of experience. I graduated from the UW in 1994 with my Masters. I’m also intuitive and interactive, sharing my thoughts and ideas with my clients.

Why should people do business with you?
I’m good at what I do. I’m straightforward, so there are no surprises from my end. A client may be surprised by what they learn about themselves, insights gained.

What are you currently doing differently during this time?
Working part-time Tuesday – Thursday.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I love to be outside, but with the weather changing I am learning to knit while indoors. Before Covid I got to help crew on a freind’s sailboat and learn about racing. I love being in the wind!

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your business?
I’ve got a lovely space with lots of natural light, plants and a comfortable seating area with 6 feet between myself and clients. I’ve kept some doors open and sanitized the doorknobs elsewhere. We all wear face shields or mask and the balcony door can stay open when the temperature is comfortable. Everyone is asked to wash their hands before coming into the office. I’m mostly seeing teens and adults, although I am a Child Mental Health Specialist. The little ones can’t be expected to keep to social distancing, so I cannot see them at this time.

Colleen Holbrook, LICSW, CMHS
420 5th Ave South, #201
Years in business: 15

Photos by Matt Hulbert

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