Today marks one year since I started my private therapy practice.
All in all I would say that it has been a pretty good year.
All of my worst fears did not come true.
I am still in business.
I have not put us in the poor house.
All good things.
So what have I learned over the past year?
I think one of the biggest surprises has been how difficult it has been for me to lose what I call the "Mental Health Center Mentality." Meaning that my schedule must be completely filled with appointments all available working hours of the day.
Ummm...a big reason I left the MHC was due to my not wanting to have clients 8+ hours a day five days a week. I have had a difficult time letting go of that feeling of pressure to make sure all my working hours are filled with client appointments.
It is getting a little better, but I still have a ways to go.
I also have decided to be a bit more focused in the types of clients I agree to see. I am also considering some marketing as well.
I don't always wake up raring to go to work, but I don't start dreading Monday on Friday as I am leaving work like I used to.
I have said it before, I think my issue is that in reality I just don't want to work.
But if I have to, this seems to be a good fit for me for the time being.
That, as Martha Stewart would say is, "A good thing."