If you were raised with a classic-rock-obsessed father like mine (Thanks, Dad, I can never appreciate music made after 1990), then you’re familiar with these lyrics: Continue reading “Using This One Word Worked for the Beatles – But Not You.”
When it came time to write your website, you knew there was only one way to do it: complete and utter immersion.
Armed with a bottomless mug of decaf Earl Grey and notes from your niching exercises, you enter your writing weekend with the same fierce devotion as Lesley Knope to Ann Perkins.
“What is one thing you wish you had been told before going into private practice?”
This question was asked of me earlier this week by a graduate student in a local counseling program. She interviewed me about being a therapist and why I decided to go into private practice. While my story is nothing new to you, the conversation with this student got my wheels turning about what exactly drives sensitive therapists into private practice and the unexpected challenges we face once we are in the thick of it.
The decision for a sensitive therapist to go into private practice is often a mix of logic and emotion. Continue reading “The Paradox of Private Practice for Sensitive Therapists”
When I started my private practice back in 2016, I had no clue how much this endeavor would challenge me, overwhelm me, and invigorate me.
During the first year of my business, I felt like I was faking it. Even as I got my first several clients, I remember waiting for some imaginary auditor to cite me for the crime of I-have-no-fucking-clue-what-I’m-doing.
You are empathic, creative, and intuitive. You’re known for your keen insight and ability to anticipate other’s needs. You remember dial-up internet, Myspace, and a time before smartphones.
You feel the world as deeply as an abyss. You experience emotions as bundles. Joy and grief. Sadness and bliss. Beauty and loss. Sometimes you want to explode into a thousand pieces because life feels so exquisite and empty at the same time.
This is your first time in private practice. Or perhaps it’s your second go-around because the first didn’t pan out. Either way, you feel the crushing importance to make this business work. Continue reading “An Open Letter to Sensitive Therapists With Money Shame”