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Confessions of a New Private Practitioner

Posted by: Angela Herzog on May 11, 2015 8:48 am

Full of anticipation and excitement, I clicked the submit button to register my business. It was official. I now was the sole owner of Embodied Healing Counselling Services. It had been quite a journey to get to this point and my whole body felt alive with the passion and confidence to begin private practice.

That was two months ago; now, as I sit reflecting on the last two months, I am noticing a heaviness in my body that was not there at the beginning.

Everyone says that starting a business is hard; a lot of ground work and little payoff at the beginning. It is one thing to be aware of that, another to experience it. I have devoted hours to design, vision, marketing; a whole new world to a therapist. I seemed to take exciting steps forward to only be slammed with another setback. The setbacks weighed on me, the uncertainty stirred up anxiety. The focus soon became the lack of progress, clients and money.

I lost focus of my vision.sapling-154734_640

And yet, as I sit with this heaviness, I sense an invitation to look at the bigger picture. I am slowing down and I am reminded of all the doors that have opened for me and the valuable connections and opportunities I have had. The list could go on and on of the support from unexpected places, exciting opportunities and a growing web of network with amazing professionals.
And now, I have an embodied understanding of the initial step of building a private practice; to build a solid foundation.

So, in this spring season, as we await the blooms to emerge, I will continue to plant seeds in my community. With a deeper understanding of patience and an embodied vision, I will trust that I am right where I am to be in this season of my private practice. I notice this knowing brings a sense of relief and lightness throughout my body; releasing the heaviness of pressure.

The season of harvest will come.

*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

Walking our Walk…When Counsellors Don’t DO as they SAY

Posted by: Siri Brown on April 27, 2015 12:00 pm

I will admit it – I have had several moments in my past counselling experience where I found myself giving feedback that I, myself, could probably have taken. Whether it was managing negative thinking, using healthier coping skills or just eating more mindfully, I could have “walked the walk” a bit better than I was.

Set boundaries. Set goals. Avoid toxic people. Use “I” statements. Identify your values. Understand and soothe your inner critic. All helpful psychological tools we can use to work towards greater self-awareness and personal growth.

Yet how are WE doing? Yeah, us – the “professionals” who have made personal growth our business.

people-690953_640Interesting question…

As far as I’m concerned, we fall on a significantly broad continuum in this regard. Personally, I’ve met counsellors who’ve struggled with addictions, Major Depression Disorder or Bordeline Personality Disorder; presented as highly defensive, passive-aggressive, or traumatized. I’ve heard from clients about various transgressions of boundaries or negligence from their counsellors, and from counsellors about their out-of-control or toxic colleagues.

We’re human. We all make mistakes. But how can we strive to uphold our ethical code of conduct while allowing ourselves an understandable slip now and then? Where do we draw the line so we can honestly say we are doing our best to work in alignment with our values and professional expectations?

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*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA