Christy Lochary & Michele Beach are the owners & directors of the Louisville Family Center. We have known each other for ten years and have enjoyed working together and supporting each other through the joys and sorrows of our lives. See below to get to know us each a little better.
Christy Lochary – Play Therapy
During my 10 years of experience as a teacher and program director, I discovered my passion for working with children and families. I then went on to complete a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Regis University.
I am also trained as a Senior Facilitator in Attachment Based Play Therapy. Through my work as an educator and play therapist I have experienced of the power of play in the lives of children, as it creates a space where children can freely express their inner world. Joining my clients in this way allows for a deeper understanding of the emotional self and a deeper connection to the wisdom that lies within us all.
Come play and connect with yourself!
Michele Beach – Parent Counseling
When I became a mother, thirteen years ago, I had no idea I was beginning a journey to the center of myself. I had always excelled in school, graduating in 2000 from Stanford University with a Bachelors in Computer Science. I had no doubt I could study all of the books, remember some tips from my babysitting days and ace parenting with flying colors. And yet I found myself at times sitting there on the floor crying right alongside my two-year-old, not able to understand what I was doing “wrong.” I found myself blaming him and shaming myself.
Shortly thereafter I went back to school, because I wanted to learn more about children and emotions. I got my Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from CU Denver in 2007. The following August, I co-founded The Patchwork School, which began as a small preschool in my basement with just ten children. We moved the school to Louisville where we quickly found we had many parents seeking something similar for their young children and themselves, a learning environment that also makes space for feelings. Supporting parents, staff and students these past ten years, I have been fortunate to work with hundreds of families here in Louisville. I have also researched Social/Emotional well-being on my own and through workshops and conferences in New York, Portland, Finland, Puerto Rico, Vancouver, and here in Colorado.
At the Louisville Family Center, as a Registered Psychotherapist, I work with families and individuals in a more one-on-one capacity. I particularly enjoy and have experience counseling parents who have children with special needs, adopted children, or families that have been through some kind of trauma. Through all of my studies and practice, I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as “perfect” parenting. I have also seen that having some accompaniment on one’s parenting journey can help to ease the struggles and bring the joyful parts to the surface.
Michele, your time, patience, understanding and wisdom have changed my life. You encouraged and helped me to feel my feelings, not to bury them… By finding the courage to believe in myself and going after what I want in life, I am teaching my son to do the same! What an amazing journey we are on! Words can not express how grateful I am to you Michele for teaching me so much!Juli Potter, parent