It can be daunting going to a doctor of any kind, but not when there are life-size superheroes at every corner, and comic posters decorating the hallways.
Dave Verhaagen, co-founder of Southeast Psych, opened the clinic 13 years ago with a friend, with a mission to start a creative and innovative practice that would help clients through positive psychology.
"We wanted it to feel fun. We wanted it to feel energetic and innovative,” Verhaagen said.
Superheroes like superman are used to help clients overcome their problems.
“There's a reason why these superhero movies and themes are very popular in our culture, because people connect with them and identify with them that sense of strength and being courageous. Being able to go through things and get out on the other side and be okay,” Verhaagen said.
Southeast Psych has received great feedback from clients like Barbara Kissam’s son. She’s just happy to find a place where her son, who has autism, can put his guard down and be himself.
“The wonderful thing about Southeast Psych is they get our kids…and they view our kids as an asset,” Kissam said.
Through the therapy sessions, Verhaagen hopes all clients can discover the superhero within themselves.