Launching a practice can be really, really challenging. Let’s talk about it.
(Or, in other words: Sometimes I want to set my new private practice on fire.)
For so many reasons, it is challenging to launch a private practice. Most of us get into this field to be people supporters, and suddenly with the start of a practice, we are expected to be: shrewd marketers, knowledgeable accountants, legal eagles, social media gurus, engaging bloggers, interior decorators, billing geniuses, artwork collectors, and savvy connectors.
Oh, and we’re supposed to do great clinical work. And take care of ourselves. And maintain our relationships. And have an outside life. With all of that weighing on us, it is easy to get lost in the haze and get disconnected from our entrepreneurial resilience. Let’s take a lunch to talk about the hard stuff and ways that we can get through it intact and in joy. (Or at least in hope.)
Identify three ways in which building a practice is difficult
Identify three ways to tap into practice-building resiliency
Identify two ways participants can take care of themselves while practice building
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Lauren Cohen, LCSW is the owner and therapist at Hope and Humor Therapy, LLC. She has been a licensed social worker since 2008 and a private practice clinician since February of 2016. When Lauren launched her practice, she thought that she knew what she was in for. She had worked in the foster care system, in hospitals, at statewide programs, at community agencies. Lauren thought that private practice would be a fluffy change of pace. HA! Boy was she wrong! Lauren’s experience led her to create this workshop in order to break the mystery and shame that can come with practice building and to shed some light on the reality of owning a business with all of its ebbs and flows.
Here's a quick and sweet practice to help you delve deeper into your self-compassion and self-love. If you didn't try the first, I recommend you stop and go back to this post to try it out.
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This is the time of the year when I most miss my childhood home. Glossed and changing leaves, tips curled, blanket the path and create a quilt of color. The air, sweetened and chilled, hangs with a bit more weight. Bins of Macintosh line the path to the pumpkin patch and cider doughnuts punctuate most hikes. The golden before the grey, the crisp before the bitter cold. Autumn in the Adirondacks is hard to beat.
Here, the calendar says fall, the forecast argues, and we learn to pretend. Not with the pumpkin flavored syrups, but with real Maple syrup on pumpkin purée pancakes. The berry smoothies are replaced with Chai Pumpkin, Summer squash yields to Butternut. If you, like me, are wishing for the flavors of autumn, flavors of comfort, I am with you. I bought my first (of many) cans of pumpkin today which means muffins or pancakes are coming soon. Even if I have to turn the A/C a little lower to counter the oven being turned back on.
Pumpkin Chai Smoothie
1/2 cup Pumpkin purée
1 cup almond/coconut milk (or rice, almond, dairy, etc)
6-8 ice cubes
1 Scoop Vega One Vanilla Chai Protein Powder (or any powder and add cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla OR just spices and Chia for protein)
Gluten-Free (or not) Pumpkin Pancakes
2 cups GF flour or regular (I used Namaste)
1 tsp. salt
2 tsps. Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
2 TBSPs Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg, cloves, cardamom
1-2 tsps. cinnamon
1 cup pumpkin purée
2 cups milk (it thickens as it sits so you may need more)
TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix dry ingredients, add wet, cook and enjoy. These were thick and fluffy and took longer to cook than usual pancakes but were totally worth it. serve with REAL Maple Syrup. I'm a stickler for this.
Apple Fennel Relish
1 onion sliced thin
1/2-1 bulb of fennel (about a cup)
1 cup diced apples
splash of oil
2 splashes apple cider vinegar
Salt to taste
dash of clove
Sauté onion and fennel until caramelized
Add apples and continue for 10-15 minutes over med-low heat.
Add 2 cups water and cook down (about an hour or so)
Add ACV, clove, and taste.
It should resemble a chutney or jam at this point.
Serve on turkey meatloaf, chicken, pork chops, whatever tickles your fancy.
Photograph by Carl Heilman II taken with permission from the Adirondack Fall Foliage Guide. For more fall foliage and gorgeous views of the Adirondacks, check out Carl's book "Photographing the Adirondacks".
Clients who live inside you
Those of you in love with Interpersonal Neurobiology have probably heard about mirror neurons. They are those little neurons that help you understand the world and learn to do things through mimicry. They are the reason why when you smile at a baby the baby smiles back.
These neurons coupled with our strong empathic skills as therapists are the reason why when your client has a stomach ache from nervousness in session, you might also have a stomachache. Or why that client that holds his shoulders up to his ears always gives you a headache (have you checked your shoulders?).
We are an amazing tool. Our bodies tell us the details of what our clients experience that our logical brain can't.
Unless we tune into our body regularly, our clients move in and take over.
5 ways to kick your clients out
Waiting until the end of the day to care for yourself, or the end of the week, isn't enough to help you clear your body of the experience of your clients. It doesn't take much though to help you care for your body in between clients.
1. Notice your body during the session
Regularly check in to see what your own body is doing. This will help you care for yourself as well as understand what's happening with your client. If you are suddenly sleepy, you might learn that your client is disconnected from what's happening in the room. If your neck is hurting, your client might be angry and carrying tense muscles.
2. Move during your sessions
Don't sit still during your session. Find ways to move, tense, and relax your muscles while you are with a client. Re-orienting your body will help you to release the tension, as well as relate to the client in a new way.
3. Move between sessions
Lie on the floor; get up and drink some water; stretch your arms in the doorway; do downward dog; stretch your neck; dance; jump; lie with legs up the wall.
4. Practice relaxation so you get good at it.
Relaxation is a skill that is learned and needs to be practice. Set aside time to practice regulating your heartrate and breath. Consider trying out a restorative yoga class, a biofeedback session or some yummy yoga nidra.
5. Build in self care to your schedule
Self-care is much less effective if you use it only when you desperately need it. Learn how to add in time for you to your day so that you don't take your work home with you.
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