I am travelling into the unknown. I am making tentative steps towards Private Practice (something that I'd never thought I'd have the confidence to do) but it's becoming more realas time goes on.
I graduated this week which I was really nervous for. I'm not really sure why that was the case as I was celebrating my achievement with good friends. It could have been my entrenched fear of being in the limelight, or it could have just been a worry of falling flat on my face. I certainly walked carefully across the stage that day.
However, as you can see, the day went very well and my kids were able to see it too! I'm hoping that it has inspired them to go to University too!
WHAT DO I NEED BEFORE I CAN CONSIDER SETTING UP A PRIVATE PRACTICE?
With the passing of my degree comes an ability to open doors that I've never been able to before.
I have the qualifications to be able to go Private. I have earned my degree with tears, sweat and a lot of swearing (and an episode of chip throwing!!)
I approach this with a certain amount of trepidation and nervousness as I journey into the unknown.
I have my doubts, but that's normal - I've never considered going self-employed before. My working life has always been employment in an office, but that is something that I'm working to get away from now.
I am wondering if I possess the qualities and attributes to run my own business. Have I just made life difficult for myself? Should I be winding down instead of up at my age. Am I going to fail at this? Or is it going to be the best thing I've ever done?
It's time that I ignored all those scary feelings. A little stress is actually good for us, if we aren't challenging ourselves we are remaining within our comfort zone and not trying to do anything new with our lives. It is a requirement to self- development.
What I have learnt from being on such an interactive course (every counselling course is interactive) whilst having anxiety is to be open about it, take it at your own pace, break the task down and go for it when you're ready!
It's never as bad as it happens in your head, and it will undoubtedly be slightly easier the next time around.
THE BASICS OF STARTING A BUSINESS
The next challenge therefore is setting up a private practice alongside my present paid job and seeing where it goes from there.
It has been quite interesting and fun finding out the basics of starting a practice. I have become registered and put myself on the counsellor search lists. I have taken out Professional Indemnity Insurance and met a clinical supervisor for when I start practicing.
I have also printed business cards and flyers, and will be displaying them at Therapy rooms in Gorseinon and Swansea very soon. I have also opened this website, a Linkedin and a Facebook account but haven't got round to opening a Twitter account yet.
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REALISING MY DREAM
If you have read any of my blogs you will know that anxiety is a common theme, so realising my dream of being a Counsellor is a very big thing for me! It takes an awful lot of strength to overcome this.
There have been many times when I have felt like giving up, throwing in the towel and waving the white flag. However, I have learnt that I have just as much right, ability and desire to do this as anybody else.
I've come to the conclusion that I've held myself back for long enough - the self doubt, anxiety and depression need not be ever-present limiters in my life any more.
Something that interests me about my story (as everyone has one) is that it will make me a better counsellor. It's like everything has come full circle - becoming a counsellor has improved my life, and my life experiences have given me great insight as a Counsellor.
I also have had to become a business woman in order to make this work, but I'm also up for this challenge. If I look back to how far I've come from- where I've been hampered by panic attacks, and just rolled up into a ball when I've got scared and shut myself away I'm amazed at what I've achieved thus far.
This venture started at my first session on my first counselling course. It progressed as I took higher levels and passed them. It continued despite stormy times, slowed down and almost came to a permanent stop - but I received help along the way from good people, increased in strength and grew.
I know that I have come far but that the journey continues and there is far more to be experienced and achieved!
WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?
I will press on with the practice and see where it takes me.
After qualifying comes accreditation which I will be working towards in the near future. The fact that I've got this far has given me the incentive to take this further. I have a new found feeling of autonomy over my life and a desire to be part of the world.
This is what freedom means to me.
WHAT I CAN OFFER YOU
If you want a Counsellor who has overcome many difficulties and heartache along the way.
One who has learnt to deal with the difficulties of life and has the tools to help clients find their way. If so, I would be delighted to help you.
Explore my website to see if I have the experience you are looking for and contact me for more information if you need it.
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