When things don’t go the way you want them to it doesn’t feel good and frankly it can leave you feeling a bit crabby
During a seasonal slump, you’re not seeing as many clients as you want – less client inquiries and current clients are scheduling less frequently – and it’s possible you’re not bringing in the revenue you need to keep your full-time private practice open and support yourself as the thriving therapist you know you are.
However, when your edginess turns into competition mode
And you’re seeing every other therapist as the enemy,
especially ones that are proclaiming that they are full AND have a waitlist.
Sure, it might piss you off and you might start to feel like building and keeping a full caseload is a winner take all scenario.
However, I’m here to tell you that it isn’t.
You and all the other therapists have more in common than you think.
You can only see so many clients in a day and the same applies to every other therapist.
Your capacity to hold space for clients has a limit (yes, burnout crew, I see you and I’m talking to you).
Even if the “other therapist”, The Voldemort to your Hogwartz, has a waitlist, that has little to no impact on why you’re not seeing the number of clients you want to be seeing.
There’s only one you. One fantastic and amazing you.
And you are the only person who can offer therapy the way you do, and knowing the answers to these 3 questions will help you re-focus on what you can be doing to emerge from the summer slump :
- Who are you trying to help?
- How are you trying to help them?
- Why are your clinical skills well aligned to help people with their goals, challenges, and aspirations?
Because unless you have an evil twin navigating the multiverse, competing with other therapists as if they are your arch nemesis is a complete waste of time.
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