Creating A Professional Identity
Creating an authentic professional identity is one of the most important and difficult parts of building your practice and your business.
"Many professionals make the mistake of not taking the time to define, refine, and articulate their professional values, strengths, and unique gifts."
I highly recommend that every professional take the time to write out a paragraph for each of the questions below. Then ask a friend who is in the industry to coffee. Ask them to ask you each of these questions and take a moment to reflect on each of the answers. Sometimes you might be surprised by what happens when you say them to yourself out loud.
- What are five unique gifts that you bring to your work?
- What types of clients do you work best with and why?
- When you wake up in the morning, what part of your professional day are you most excited about?
- What experiences have led you to become the therapist you are today? What elements of these experiences do you include in your work?
- Who were/are your mentors? What elements of their mentorship have you brought into your practice?
- What types of therapy feel most authentic to you? How would you describe your therapeutic style to a client? How would you describe it to a referral source?
- What are some of your professional passions?
- If you had to describe your practice in three sentences or less how would you describe it?
Most of us have had the experience of jitters before, during, or even after a test. Certainly, a certain amount of nervousness in the face of something that can feel both challenging and critical is reasonable, sometimes even helpful. But for some students, test taking can invite a level of fear that completely paralyzes their ability to perform and can render all that essential studying useless…
If you find yourself interested in meditation, but daunted by the task of meditating itself, classes can be a fun (yes, I have had fun in meditation class before!), informative, and necessary part of developing a rewarding mindfulness practice. Read on for some of the best meditation spots in the Los Angeles and Conejo Valley!
Sometimes teens get lost in the craziness of Valentines Day. Check out these two local resources specifically designed for teens in the Conejo Valley. One is a Teen Paint Night at Art Trek and the other is a Valentines Day Dance at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center.
Letting go of control is difficult. In relationships, we often want to control the way our partners, children, or friends act, think, and feel. Check out my most recent blog post for five tips on how to stay on your side of street.
Check out this post for 5 tips on how to support your teen while they are in therapy.
Hi Friends. Check out this short blog post on my favorite poem about recovery and finding your own voice.
Click here for a free (and funny) printable that will help you stay present!
Sometimes finding time for self care is a challenge. I recently created this self care schedule to help my clients and friends carve out time for themselves.
Starting in February 2017, I will be running a twice monthly process group for prelicensed mental health professionals. If you, or someone you know is interested please call 310.717.7889 for more information.