I’m sure you’ll agree that these are strange times. So I’d like to share with you something we are currently doing in the Grow Your Private Practice membership community.
You may have more time on your hands because of the lockdown, and I know many clients declined the opportunity to have online counselling.
But things will change and there will be more of a need for counselling than ever before. Will you be ready?
If not, and you need some motivation I invite you to do the Productivity Power Hour.
I've read and listened to many, many books about both business and mindset over the last few years. Some are interesting, funny and easy to read and some less so.
So if you are a counsellor in private practice, here are a few of my favourites to help you grow your practice. Enjoy!
Have you ever felt like a bit of a fraud? That somehow, you managed to fake your way into being a counsellor and that soon you'll be found out?
It's ok, don't worry, we ALL feel like that sometimes. I know I do and it can be crippling and stop me in my tracks.
But here's something that's both simple and fun that will help crush Imposter Syndrome. Enjoy!
What do you think of when you think of a therapist?
If I'm honest, when I think of a traditional therapist I get a image of the original therapy poster boy Freud - a tweedy older man in authority who looks, frankly, terrifying!
(Sorry Freud fans!)
Or there's the middle aged, middle class white woman who's looking for something to do now the kids have flown the nest.
Is that what the public perception of counselling is, that we are all tweedy busy-bodies looking down our noses at people and observing them?
You’ve passed your exams, done your placement and had your personal therapy and now you’re a fully qualified therapist - YAY!
Congratulations! You should be very proud. Time to start in private practice - exciting times!
But wait! You’re not starting in practice yet?
‘No, I think I’m going to get a more qualified qualification so I can help people in a more qualified way. And it’ll attract more clients as they’ll see how super qualified I am.'
Okay, no. We need to talk…