We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Chante Pantila and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Chante, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I strive to be as authentic as possible and this shows up in my brand. So many people who come to my office comment on how it is, “So Chante.” I have intention in everything I do with my business, it’s from the art on the walls to the shirts I wear and how this intention will impact my patients. My authenticity and the realness of who I am are at the core of everything I do; it’s how I connect, how I deliver treatment, and how I show up in life. I attribute my success to being who I am as much as possible.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am the founder of Creating Changes Counseling Services PLLC. I have built a beautiful space for people to heal. I create a comfortable energy for people to do their work. My office is aesthetically pleasing as well intentional in anticipating the needs of my patients. I provide openness and a secure attachment for patients. I am most excited about the new office. I moved into the suite in October. I watched the office build out from start to finish; from a shell, to drafts, to getting excited about getting the walls put up, to picking out furniture, and then adding the finishing touches. It was like rebuilding during treatment and very much paralleled the experience people go through in therapy; it was a process and labor love, with highs and lows, tears, and all of the feels. Great pieces of work take time, patience, and commitment.
I believe in the changes people can make in their lives to improve their quality of living. I learn things all the time and want to continue to grow so that I can better serve my patients. Some lessons were difficult and I knew these would be the areas where I would grow the most. Like asking for help, it’s not something I enjoy doing. I am a “do-it-yourself kind-of girl,” and having to depend on others and allowing others to show up for me is something I had to face while building out the office.
I do a lot of research, I ask a lot of questions, and I try my best to be curious when faced with challenges. I’ve learned that there is always room for growth and ways to evolve. My business is also evolving. I have a passion for this work and it doesn’t stop with me. I have expanded more into consultation, so that I can help clinicians enhance their skillset to create a bigger impact and help more people heal. I want people to know and believe that they can live a life they love. I want people to know they have the ability to heal. I want to inspire others to keep growing. I want my innovation, authenticity, and vulnerability to be a model for people in my community and I want to encourage tiny humans to aspire to be whoever they want when they grow up.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I connect with food. There is something to be said about sharing a meal and a meaningful conversation. My friends know that I am all about food, relaxation, and self-care when I am not working. I would start the day by grabbing a cup of coffee at Provision in Arcadia or Mythical Coffee in Gilbert. We would go shopping in Scottsdale or a boutique in downtown Phoenix to work up an appetite. I take all of my out of town friends to The Henry, which is located in beautiful Arcadia. The Henry is always consistent and I love the atmosphere. The truffle fries are incredible and have a few favorites on the menu. We always end dinner with the croissant bread pudding. I also take people to North Italia for comfort food. I love their Bolognese and any of their pizzas. The cocktails are delicious and the Italian butter cake is no joke. Outside of the valley, I always recommend Sedona. The beauty of the red rocks and the energy is rejuvenating. An easy hiking trail in Sedona can be very peaceful. I feel like Sedona is a special place for so many reasons and not to miss for people who have never been to Arizona.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am so grateful for all of the people in my life who have paved the way for me to help others change their lives. I am blessed with all of the support from my family and friends, and amazing mentors, I am surrounded by love. My biggest teachers are my patients, I extend the utmost gratitude to the people who have trusted me to be on this journey with them and the opportunity to be able to help them heal.