When you feel like abandoning your career

I was watching a video from Casey Truffo’s conference where a woman was talking about how she took a 6 year leave from the field and came back to discover that all of the other therapists were so young now.  I remember early in my career sitting down with a new client and upon seeing me having her say “Oh thank God you’re not 16.”  Obviously that’s an exaggeration, you’d have to be a prodigy to get through graduate school

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The State of the Counseling Profession

Those that read my blog regularly know that something I write about often are my concerns about our profession as a whole.  I recently saw some things on the internet that made me feel even more concerned.  Occupation Information Network puts out a list of the most stressful jobs in America.  You can read the Business Insider article about it here . Number two on the list, just under police officers is, you guessed it, counselors. We are the second

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When procrastination isn’t your problem

If you’re in private practice like me, that makes you a business owner!  Yep, we’re those small business owners you always hear politicians talking about.  By now you’ve probably figured out that a lot more goes into running a business than just seeing clients.  There’s a lot of business know-how that you had to learn along the way.  If you’re like me, then you subscribe to a lot of websites and forums for entrepreneurs.  And if so, you’ve probably noticed

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Let’s talk about culture & race in America

I’m sure you all heard the news that Spokane NAACP President Rachel Dolezal has stepped down from her position because a journalist discovered that she has white parents.  Dolezal had been portraying herself as black, and even went so far as to post pictures of herself with black people and claiming that they were her family.  Probably for most people hearing about this case, the immediately thought is to condemn her as a fraud, but is that really what happened? 

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Should therapists have unions?

Should community mental health workers have unions?  What about counselors in private practice?  The question of therapists and unions is one that has been being asked a lot lately.  I mentioned in a previous blog post that counselors that are not in private practice make an average salary of just $35,000/year in Boston.  This pay typically doesn’t come with any benefits either.  Therapists often don’t get health insurance, paid-time-off, sick days, or over-time.  And given that the average age of

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Getting creative with your career

Think being a therapist is only doing direct-client care?  Think again!  There’s a whole other world of possibilities out there and that’s what this article is all about.  But first, I think I need to clarify what exactly “direct-client care” is in case some of you readers don’t know. Direct-client care is when you work with clients directly.  Basically, it’s when you’re doing the typical therapist work of meeting with clients and helping them through their problems.  An example of

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This is how therapists go out of business

There are a lot of great therapists out there who have to eventually close their private practice and it’s not because they were bad business owners.  Even good therapists like you can go out of business.  Let me give you an example: So right now the city of Boston is basically a disaster for business owners.  You may have heard that we had two Top 10 snow storms plus snow storm after snow storm following that.  Now obviously, client’s aren’t

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Playing the Projection

If you read my other blog, then you are aware that I recently did a post about criticism. I wrote that there are two types of criticism and that the type of criticism you use the most says a lot about who you are as a person.  Specifically, if you engage in a lot of non-purposeful malicious criticism (Criticism that really serves no purpose other than to damn another person and/or make you look good in comparison) then often that

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When your client is also a therapist

One of the wonderful things that happened to me after I started my private practice was that some of my clients were also therapists.  It makes sense that a therapist would seek therapy in a solo-practice setting; you don’t want to risk running into future or past colleagues by getting services from a counseling center or agency.  If you’re in private practice, the odds are very good that you’ve had a number of clients that are fellow therapists. I decided

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What the best therapists do

I was at a restaurant Saturday night eating dinner with my husband.  It was one of those restaurants where everyone is basically seated together, hip to hip.  There’s really no privacy and it was one of those situations where you’re either having a conversation or ease-dropping on somebody else’s.  The woman next to me was complaining to her friend about her therapist.  This was hardly the first time I’ve heard someone complain about their therapist.  Although some people might find

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My name is Marina Williams and I am a licensed mental health counselor with a private practice in Jamaica Plain, MA. This website is my professional website devoted to my activities as a therapist. If you are interested in finding out more about my private practice, please visit my other website JPcounseling.com


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