Lately I’ve been getting a lot of emails from people thanking me for writing these blog posts. There’s been a great variety of people: people who are established therapists, students, those thinking about joining a counselor training program, and those that are not associated with the profession at all. It means so much to me knowing that these articles are appreciated. Although I would love to thank you all individually, I don’t know who you are, so I decided to write this post instead.
Very often I write these posts when I have time, early in the morning. Of course that also means having a foggy brain and typos galore! Still, It’s part of a ritual that gets me psyched for starting my day. But in order to really understand why I write, I need to tell you a little anecdote about me.
When I was in graduate school I had to take a class called “Advanced & Multivariate Statistical Methods”. As you can imagine, it was tons of math. Math was never my strong suit and at that point I hadn’t taken a math class since Senior year of High School. I really struggled in that class and wouldn’t consider myself to be a “math whiz” by any means. There was another woman in the class who was struggling more than me. She asked me if I could tutor her because she was failing the class. At first I was really taken aback by this request because I never would have imagined myself being considered good enough at math to tutor someone else. I agreed to do it because 1. I felt a lot of compassion for her plight and knew that an F in a class in graduate school would have a negative impact on her career and 2. I figured it would help both of us learn. We would meet a few times a week and review the material for an hour or two. I found that by forcing myself to have to explain the material to this other student, it meant that I understood the material better myself. During the process of tutoring her I would have these mini revelations where suddenly I understood statistics on a deeper level than I would have otherwise. Although I never would say I was “good at math”, I’m happy to say that both of us ended up doing well in that class.
And that’s what these blog posts are for me. By having to explain these issues to someone else, I find that I’m able to understand them better myself. Since starting this blog, my private practice has become quite successful. I’m just amazed by how far things have gone, and some of the recent amazing opportunities that have come my way. I’m also really happy to get emails from other people in private practice whom have told me that these posts have helped them to increase their income and better help their clients. You have no idea how great it makes me feel to read something like that.
I am now going into my fifth year in private practice. When I first started, it was a process of trial and error. There really wasn’t any information on being in private practice. I read books, scoured the internet, and found there really wasn’t anything out there. I decided that there was a void of information for therapists in private practice or those wanting to go into private practice. I found that in other professions there were people willing to blog about their field; the good, the bad, and the ugly. But there really wasn’t anyone doing that for counseling and psychology. I decided that it might as well be me. Of course there were fears about putting myself out there and opening myself up to criticism, but in the end I decided that it was the right thing to do. I didn’t want the fear of criticism to hold me back. Of course there are going to be people who don’t agree with me and perhaps even hate me, but that doesn’t mean that my message doesn’t have a place or serve a purpose.
Anywho, thank you so much for reading my blog and sending in your wonderful comments. You have no idea how much it means to me.