The Healing Group was founded in 2009 by Kristin Hodson eight months after the birth of her first child. She experienced both pregnancy and postpartum anxiety and wasn’t able to find support and services to help her. She felt that if a therapist who understood the mental health system couldn’t find services, how could the everyday mother?
The Healing Group’s mission was and is to provide counseling and education services to women and families in the community experiencing challenges related to motherhood. Kristin saw a need in the community and created a company to meet these needs. While other therapists have started to offer counseling for pregnancy and postpartum depression, The Healing Group is Utah’s biggest and most experienced counseling center for women’s mental health. Due to its unique positioning, The Healing Group has grown from an owner of one to a small company of 10. Naturally skilled at marketing and networking, Kristin has been able to grow a company based on health care services when health care has been uncertain and somewhat risky.
Prior to The Healing Group, Kristin was part owner of a company called Hats With Heart, LLC. Hats With Heart manufactured headwear for women experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy and alopecia. She was heavily involved with the marketing and sales of Heats With Heart. Prior to Hats With Heart, she was in school finishing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
Kristin received her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University Hawaii in International Social Work. Immediately following graduation from her undergraduate work, she started with her Master in Social Work from the University of Utah. She graduated in 2006 with experience in Clinical and Medical social work.
Despite Kristin’s prior business experience and education, she recognized her limitations as it related to the financial aspects of business. With the growth of The Healing Group, she knew she no longer could operate business from an “intuitive” position, but needed real information from real data so she could make meaningful decisions for her company as well as make realistic projections.
She sought out the Small Business Association (SBA) and was referred to the Women’s Business Center (WBC) at the Salt Lake Chamber, who helped her identify tools, strategies and insights for The Healing Group. Upon partnering with the WBC, The Healing Group moved out of the red and into the black and Kristin watched her debts decrease and her revenue increase, exponentially. Since then, she has hired an accountant who balances the check book, inputs data and provides monthly reports so she and her business partner can identify trends and see where they can improve their financials.
Kristin is now a mother of two children and is hopeful for a third. She continues to reach out and connect with women and mothers in the community normalizing the “mothering” experience and is often found on local news stations, talk shows and radio shows talking about women’s issues. Kristin is 33 years old and likes to live life passionately out loud.
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